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Asus M2-CROSSHAIR Socket AM2 nForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review

Asus M2-CROSSHAIR Socket AM2 nForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Asus leads the way with the M2-CROSSHAIR motherboard, for it has got to be the fanciest motherboards that has ever passed through the PCSTATS test labs.
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External Mfg. Website: ASUS Feb 11 2007   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Motherboards > ASUS M2-CROSSHAIR

Overclocking the M2-CROSSHAIR

Overclocking Results:
Stock Max. OC
Motherboard Speed: 200 MHz

325 MHz

If you're new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers:
Overclocking the CPU and Memory
Overclocking the Videocard

Early generation nForce 590 SLI motherboards have been overclocking quite well, if you remember back to the nForce4 era it was the later generations of chipsets that hit really high speeds. For whatever reason, in that case earlier silicon could only reach moderate levels.

Before the overclocking began though, the AMD Athlon64 X2-5000+ CPU clock multiplier was first set to 8x, the Corsair Twin2X2048-8500 memory frequency to run in 533 MHz mode. This way neither the processor or memory will hold the Asus M2-CROSSHAIR motherboard back from achieving its top speeds.

Starting at 200 MHz, the Asus M2-CROSSHAIR motherboard clock speed was increased in 5-10 MHz increments.

Right from the get go the M2-CROSSHAIR was definitely up to the overclocking challenge and it didn't give us any problems until 250 MHz.

At this speed the increased HyperTransport bus started to cause the system to BSOD while loading WindowsXP, lowering the multiplier from 5x to 4x solved that issue.

Continuing, the Asus M2-CROSSHAIR again started to show signs of instability at 265 MHz. A slight chipset voltage increase was necessary (to 1.3V) to stabilize things. The M2-CROSSHAIR easily cracked the 274 MHz the Foxconn C51XEM2AA was limited to, but at 280 MHz the chipset voltage had to be increased again, this time to 1.35V.

With that high a chipset voltage, the chipset/MOSFET heatsink got quite hot and so we doubled up on fans blowing in that general direction. The Asus M2-CROSSHAIR easily cracked the 300 MHz barrier and we settled on 325 MHz in the end.

Anything higher than 325MHz caused the motherboard to crash while running benchmarks, but this is still a very respectable figure. Certainly nothing to scoff at.

So not only does the Asus M2-CROSSHAIR have the looks, it's also got the talent to match!

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Contents of Article: ASUS M2-CROSSHAIR
 Pg 1.  Asus M2-CROSSHAIR Socket AM2 nForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Advanced Thermal Solution for the Chipsets and Voltage Regulators
 Pg 3.  Asus goes overboard with goodies!
 Pg 4.  Motherboard Highlights Gallery
 Pg 5.  More Motherboard Highlights....
 Pg 6.  Nvidia C51XE and MCP55XE Core Logic
 Pg 7.  — Overclocking the M2-CROSSHAIR
 Pg 8.  Inside the Asus BIOS
 Pg 9.  Test System Specs and Sysmark 2004 Benchmarks
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: PCMark05, 3DMark05
 Pg 12.  Benchmarks: 3DMark06, FarCry
 Pg 13.  Benchmarks: X3: Reunion, Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 14.  Crosshair: A Gamers Delight?

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