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Tr1cK
08-20-08, 05:16 PM
Turns out the Biostar P43 board is junk.

It cant properly support DDR2 faster than 800mhz even though the board has 1066 printed on it. HardOCP couldn't even get the P45 premier Biostar board to run high speed DDR2. Also, the CPU voltage options were in percentages, limited to +5%, +10%, and +15%. Had I known this, this board would have never been ordered.

I ran Prime95 on small FFTs for a while last night and it warmed on up to around 60-65c. The temps looked to have stabilized after a while, so I went to bed. I woke up to find the machine running, in Vista, but without Prime95 up. I also had a bad burnt electronics odor. I shut it down and go to work. When I come home, it starts and runs but keeps doing a hard reset. This happened a few times, now it won't even give me a display. RMA to Newegg coming up.

First my new single platter WD 320gb drive is bad and has SMART errors on the next morning after install, now my motherboard is junk. I'm having a bad week and losing money on junk PC parts. :thumbdwn:

methimpikehoses
08-20-08, 07:06 PM
Sorry to hear that.... especially after all the praise you gave it! Good luck getting your rig working again, scotty dog.

CaptNKILL
08-20-08, 08:08 PM
Wow that sucks man.

I've never heard of any real problems with Biostar boards before.

Technoholic
08-20-08, 08:09 PM
Tsk, sucks to hear that.

I will be ordering my new set up in my sig really soon. I hope they will work real good for me. I hope the UV sexiness will bring me the uber goodness.

It's a good thing I have not ordered anything yet as well because I could of change motherboard.

By the way, http://www.xtremesystems.org/Forums/ has a lot of good threads over any motherboards, you name it, well...maybe I'm exaggerating, but yeah you know what I mean. :p Might as well give it a try to see if it matches your situation and HardOCP's.

Tr1cK
08-20-08, 09:46 PM
Back up and running with the old Asus. :headexplode: The board doesn't want to let me overclock this thing right now. It keeps defaulting me back to 'auto'. :thumbdwn:

The Biostar melted what looks like a mosfet behind the CPU. I'll get pics up later. I'm on the fence as to RMA it for refund or go with a replacement and maybe add heat sinks on the mosfets.

evox
08-20-08, 10:24 PM
Sorry to hear that. :( My 8800GTX has died too, so on 8500GT for the time being. =/

CaptNKILL
08-20-08, 10:26 PM
I'd return it and look into getting a Gigabyte board. I love my Gigabyte P35. Its been perfect.

Tr1cK
08-21-08, 06:26 AM
I was going to get it, but thought the P43 chipset would be a lot better with the 1600mhz FSB support. :o

CaptNKILL
08-21-08, 10:37 AM
I was going to get it, but thought the P43 chipset would be a lot better with the 1600mhz FSB support. :o

Here you go... Gigabyte P43:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128347

:)

Actually, the P45 is the same price because it has free shipping. Gigabyte P45 for $100? Can't get better bang for your buck IMO:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128345

Only thing is, if you needed a second full size PCI-E slot, the gigabyte boards only have one.

This one has an x16 and an x8:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128351

Tr1cK
08-21-08, 11:17 AM
Thanks Capt.

I think I will try the Biostar one more time though. I will try to add some sinks to the mosfets with good thermal adhesive. The board was rockin fast running my Quad at 3.36 on only 1.31v. I was having issues with heat more than anything. I may try to lap my Tuniq some too. As far as the RAM speed, I would like to run 1000mhz as rated, but I can settle for 840mhz if it's 1:1 with the FSB.

This is what I was looking at putting on the mosfets:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100013
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835108094

I was gonna put some fried mosfet pics up, but forgot them at home.

CaptNKILL
08-21-08, 11:23 AM
Those should help.

And you're probably best off running your memory at 1:1. On several recent systems I've noticed that 1:1 is more reliable and tends to be less picky when overclocking.

There shouldn't be any performance difference either.

Tr1cK
08-21-08, 11:30 AM
I have to run my RAM at 5-5-5-18 to be stable at any speed. :( I wish I could get down to CAS-4 or maybe a lower tREAD value than 9.

Misfire
08-21-08, 11:37 AM
I'd return it and look into getting a Gigabyte board. I love my Gigabyte P35. Its been perfect.

+1

Love gigabyte, have the same board as you and its been the best, I've done horrors to it and it still operates like a beast. Extremely durable material. I had my E6750 clocked @ 3.0ghz but untill i saw ur sig, i figured i'd try for the 3.6 and what do u know, I got it! very stable too. I wonder whats the highest this baby will go.

Tr1cK
08-21-08, 11:43 AM
I do like the Gigabyte and would go for it if I didn't have to pay the restocking fee to get a refund from Newegg. :thumbdwn: I'll just try a replacement for now.

I've booted my Quad up on the Biostar at 3.6. I was just way too hot though. I think I need water cooling if I go that route.

CaptNKILL
08-21-08, 11:51 AM
+1

Love gigabyte, have the same board as you and its been the best, I've done horrors to it and it still operates like a beast. Extremely durable material. I had my E6750 clocked @ 3.0ghz but untill i saw ur sig, i figured i'd try for the 3.6 and what do u know, I got it! very stable too. I wonder whats the highest this baby will go.

I've had mine a little higher, but I've never had any issues at 3.6 so I've left it at this speed for about a year. With more voltage, more noise, and high temps I could probably squeeze another 100-200Mhz out of it, but 3.6 is definitely the sweet spot. This CPU and cooler are amazing too. With 1.5v (to make up for vdroop under load) the CPU still idles at 30C and loads at around 52C.

Ghosthunter
08-21-08, 12:27 PM
Actually, the P45 is the same price because it has free shipping. Gigabyte P45 for $100? Can't get better bang for your buck IMO:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128345




that is the board i have actually and been running rock stable for me and i love it thanks to your reccommendation