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  1. Yep! It won't even boot without the latest BIOS, afaik.
  2. I thought I had made progress when I cleared CMOS in that the BIOS now reads the frequency as 2.96 Ghz, however when in windows, the frequency still does not exceed 2400 mhz under stress testing or even single threaded gaming loads.
  3. Hello all, A few rounds of google and some BIOS fiddling could not give me an answer as to why my new dual xeon X5670s, which are supposed to have a base of 2.96 Ghz, are booting at 2.26 Ghz and not going any higher than 2.4 ghz. the motherboard is a Tyan S7012. the OS is Windows 8.1 Pro. I believe it's a hardware problem because the post screen is reporting the frequency as 2.26 Ghz. It's strange, however, because under CPU it says "Xeon X5670 @ 2.96 Ghz" but under "Freq" it's "= 2.26 Ghz." I set the Ratio CMOS to 22 which makes the clocks go to 2.4 Ghz when I put on P95 or Aida 64, but they refuse to go higher. It is clear from googling that other people are not having this problem with this motherboard, and are reaching the correct stock speeds. I am over 25C from throttling. I have made no other hardware changes. The X5670s are replacing the pitiful E5506s. The last memory upgrade was two months ago and all sticks are clean. The OS install is fairly fresh, less than 3 months old, with only a handful of vital programs. The PSU is not even at half load with P95 running. I am kinda at a loss. If anyone has any info, thanks. EDIT: I should mention that all processors and threads are also appearing correctly. 12ct/24th.
  4. I don't wanna put more than a few dollars here or there into this rig, it's not my personal one and doesn't need more than a 580 or something similar. $30 is excellent for what it is; a hot, power guzzling old card that can still kinda run games, you can't really get anything else that can run stuff for $30. They go for double that on ebay etc I'll just upgrade the PSU so there's room for a i5-7400 or something in a year down the line also
  5. Do you think it would be safe to run a GTX 580 on a 450w EVGA BT power supply? There are a pair of 580s locally for $30 each which is a steal, but I know they're notoriously hot and hungry. I was wondering if I could drop it into a budget build with a 450W or should I upgrade the PSU before attempting it? Cooling is not an issue. The CPU is a G4560 in an Asrock B250m Pro4. 1 stick of DDR4 2400, 2 case fans, an SSD and HDD. I feel like the ultra low power draw of the G4560 would make it stable but I'm not sure...
  6. Yeah, I was heavily considering a 980/980 Ti but I can't really afford it ATM, a 780 Ti or 970 would just be a free upgrade right now +/- y'know like $10 at worst, whereas a 980 would be another $60 at a minimum and more for a Ti. I might do the flip and then later on when I can get a good 980 Ti I will just sell the 780 Ti/970. I am more leaning towards the 970 despite the extra $10-20 because I really do not want a blower cooler and after digging up some benches, while avg frames are similar, frametimes are definitely better with the 970, and the extra .5-1gb of VRAM does come into play on occasion.
  7. Ah, makes sense, I have been reading about the whole 780/680 driver controversy lately. I will see what I can get, it'll basically come down to whatever I can get for the money, the 780 Ti is still somewhat cheaper than the 970 because they all have that awful reference cooler, AIB 970s are a bit more expensive but if I can get a good one I'll go for it
  8. It has better support, but doesn't the 780 have better raw performance?
  9. And 780 Ti cards are going for $150-175!
  10. Due to the mining bubble, I can sell my 280x and buy a reference 780 Ti or a good AIB 970 at no cost, would it be worth it going through the hassle of selling to do this? Is it that much of an upgrade? Or should I just wait and do something else like get a used 980 Ti early next year for like $275?
  11. G4600: $87 H110: $60 Total: $147 7350k: $130 Z170: $100 Total: $230 You're somewhat correct, but I do feel like the ability to crossfire and just have more connectivity overall may be worth the extra money. Emulation may be important for the future and the high single thread power of the 7350k will make cutting edge emulation possible... I'll consider the cheaper option too, though.' Thank you for the memory info, also. I did not want to shell out the extra for 3000+ since at that point it definitely wouldn't be competitive.
  12. Well, this system would be outputting video to a streaming machine so games that I can stream- Dark Souls 1/2/3, Halo Online (Eldewrito), PUBG, FFXIV, Destiny 2 when it launches, perhaps a small amount of Overwatch, and particularly emulated games where allowed, especially as RPCS3 becomes more viable. Right now I have an FX-4100 which is really just barely cutting it for most games, even when I can hit 60 the frame times are abysmal and stuttering is horrible. Not really worried about games like GTAV or B1 or anything, I'm not a huge fan and they're not particularly streamable anyways. I don't imagine Coffee Lake is going to have any price-competitive options around $220 for a CPU+Mobo, but it might be worth waiting just in case. I'll think about it.
  13. I tried searching but I haven't found any threads about the 7350k after the recent price cuts to $130-150. Would it now make more sense to get a 7350k for that price (esp. $135ish) and maybe an open box Z270 board for like $90? VS say an R3 and a B350 board. I'm looking solely, 110% at gaming performance and nothing else. I already have a cheap workstation for multithreaded apps. Also, does anyone have any experience with 2133 or 2400 mhz RAM with Kaby Lake? Would I be severely impacting performance by skimping on the RAM speed?
  14. Sadly, no, I already have a few 1366 compatible coolers hanging around and spare DDR3, where I do not have any DDR4 or AM4 compatible coolers. A Tyan, HP, or Dell mobo is only ~$60 and there a few better boards at $80. X5687s are coming in at $50 each, $100 for two, and X5690s are coming in at $100 each, or $200 for two (I can buy one now and save up for another later). The only real extra cost is finding a solid PSU with 2 8pin EPS connectors. 1700 would be $300 for the CPU itself, another $50-80 for the RAM depending on the config, and $80-120 for a meh board, plus a few $$ for a cooler If I could, I would, but alas...