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Asus M4N98TD-EVO overclocking ability?

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January 23, 2012 5:55:50 AM

at the moment I have an Asus M4N98TD-EVO motherboard, I will be buying a cpu later, and I was wondering if anyone knew wat sort of overclocking results it would yield.

according to some other forums this mobo isn't the best at OCing

www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3/M4N98TD_EVO/
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January 23, 2012 7:28:26 AM

If you get an unlocked CPU (important) you should have a good overclocking experience. The board is as capable of overclocking as any of it's generation.
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January 23, 2012 7:33:37 AM

Its not going to be a strong overclocker due to 8+1 Phase Power Design.

But it should be stable at 4.0GH.
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January 23, 2012 7:52:50 AM

how does the phase power design restrict overclocking?

I wont be able to get an unlocked cpu until later, I'm probably going to get the x3 455 stock speed is 3.3ghz, since this is a budget gaming build, then overclock it, do u think I would be able to reach, say, about a stable 3.7 on the stock cooler?

I probably should've put this in the overclocking motherboards thread..
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January 23, 2012 8:01:48 AM

Without an unlocked CPU, you won't be able to get much of an overclock out of your cpu, because you'll be also ramping up the ram speed at the same time.
January 23, 2012 8:03:37 AM

wat if I down the ram speed though?
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January 23, 2012 8:14:18 AM

If the MB supports doing that, then that's a strategy you can use.
January 23, 2012 8:23:14 AM

hopefully it does, guess i'll find out later then, thanks
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January 23, 2012 8:23:48 AM

T1LuX said:
how does the phase power design restrict overclocking?

I wont be able to get an unlocked cpu until later, I'm probably going to get the x3 455 stock speed is 3.3ghz, since this is a budget gaming build, then overclock it, do u think I would be able to reach, say, about a stable 3.7 on the stock cooler?

I probably should've put this in the overclocking motherboards thread..

Yes u would, I am just pointing out that more phases equals smoother voltage and with the 8-12 phases better OC and cooler run.
January 23, 2012 9:40:51 AM

ok thanks
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January 23, 2012 10:08:49 AM

No problem : )
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January 23, 2012 12:09:27 PM

For a 240MHz system clock, select DDR3 1600.

For a 250MHz system clock, select DDR3 1333.

These are the sweet spots with the AMD memory dividers. By dropping the ratio one notch and raising the system clock as above, you will return your RAMs to spec speed.

Keep your HT link speed as close to 2000MHz as possible. Increasing the IMC/NB to the 2400-2500MHz range is a good thing.

You should not have any issues with your motherboard running 15x250MHz. An AMD chipset motherboard would be preferable (with many more OC options available to you), but that board will be fine.


edit: sorry ... can't really help you with your other problem, though re-setting your BIOS is a good start.

Be sure to note any special settings in the current BIOS before traveling down that road. Note your boot sequence and HDD setup because they will be reset when your clear your CMOS.

January 23, 2012 7:40:54 PM

thanks heaps for that, and wat exactly makes an amd chipset board more preferable?
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January 23, 2012 8:46:36 PM


The 980a chipset is essentially a rebranded DDR2 780a chipset.

Beginning with the -710 and -750 southbridge (I think that was it), AMD incorporated changes that significantly improved PLL timing and overall over-clocking. Also had the side benefit of unlocking cores, too.

AMD also brought forth the OverDrive utility which greatly simplifies system management and over-clocking.
January 23, 2012 9:01:58 PM

ohh, thanks, I'll make sure my next motherboard has an amd chipset :) 
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