Enthusiasts who count themselves among the AMD faithful continue to look for even the slightest performance advancement as the company’s “Spider" platform” reaches its first birthday. Several factors have held the otherwise strong value-oriented processor/chipset/graphics combination back from also achieving the highest marks in performance as well: bugs in the new processor core, severe limitations in CPU speed and overclocking capability, and the delayed release of AMD’s SB750 high-performance southbridge.
By the time the SB750 was released, most motherboard manufacturers considered the enthusiast-grade 790FX, with its 32 PCI Express 2.0 pathways divisible to support four graphics cards, old news—even though it’s still perhaps the most advanced AM2+ chipset available. But while many insisted that we try to wedge AMD’s newer mainstream-targeted 790GX integrated chipset into the enthusiast space, three brands stuck to AMD’s initial concept by combining the now mature 790FX with the delayed SB750.
The SB750 carries with it the promise of better overclocking through Advanced Clock Control (ACC), a setting many enthusiasts have guessed involves loosening certain thresholds on some of the processor’s internal "tumblers," as AMD puts it. Previous tests have shown that this feature can boost CPU overclocking capability significantly, though its effectiveness varies with individual processors.
Superior CrossFireX support remains the main reason to choose the 790FX over competing solutions, but will the SB750’s ACC feature set these apart from previous products for overclocking? Before we find out, let’s take a closer look at the new motherboards.
I don't know about you guys, but I haven't had a flash going wrong since a P2B board from the stoneage
Call it paranoia from a guy who changes BIOSs on an almost daily-basis on one board or another (me, not Thomas, though he does his fair share of updating, too).
Sadly, this is going to be tough hill to climb for AMD to become competitive again. I wish them luck though, the consumer is always the winner when corporations compete :)
Ive got a phenom x4 9950 placed on a ASUS m3a32 mvp deluxe motherboard.
With stock voltage and stock cooling ive cranked it up to 3.2ghz and it runs perfectly stable. (this was done by only adjusting the multiplier)
A friend of mine have the same setup as me but an aftermarket cooler (noctua nh-u12p) and hes overclocked it up to 3.4ghz, again running stable.
On Overclocking forums i read about people cranking this CPU up to 3.6ghz on air (noctua nh-u12p) without any wizardry.
This test is flawed and im very dissapointed about tomshardware and what i feel is an effortless test of this setup.
Im an Intel guy myself but at least im honest about intels oponents, and in this case the review should end up with AMD being amazing value for money and that the future is a bit (not alot) brighter for AMD.
and the 9950 is cheaper then the q6600 its cheaper then about every intel processor out there (even the dual cores such as e8400 etc).
Im not saying it is a better processor then what intel has lined up, what im saying is that it is amazing value for money. and much better at overclocking then tomshardware managed to get out of it thats all :D
Obviously Tom wasn’t interested in doing this review!……..
But I game at 1080P res. wiht a 4870 and I get over 30FPS in most of my games At max setting.