Is an Asus P5VD2-MX good for overclocking?

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Re: Is an Asus P5VD2-MX good for overclocking?

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Well at any rate it is a very cheap motherboard (min price $50,35
inc vat in the UK).
So I am not sure if that makes it worse for over clocking or not? :)

Re: Is an Asus P5VD2-MX good for overclocking?

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Low priced motherboards can lack some of the desirable features
needed for overclocking. Adjustable CPU input clock, Vcore, Vdimm,
adjustable memory timings and so on.

General rules of thumb (always exceptions of course):

1) Things with -VM, -MX in the name, are intended for business

2) MicroATX form factor does not tend to be overclocker friendly.
    Only occasionally do they slip up, and let you have fun by

3) Price - $35 to $50, don't expect a miracle. Some cheap boards
    (not the Asus ones) can have really wretched BIOS.

4) If you go to the $100-$150 level, you can find everything you
    need to get the job done. While a full sized motherboard is not
    needed to support the features needed for overclocking, the
    marketing department has decided, that if you're an overclocker,
    you're going to have a full sized board.

5) Stuff over that price, up to the $300, adds a lot of fluff.
    For example, a remote control (without Media Center support),
    for most people adds the ability to turn the computer on and
    off from a distance. Big deal...

Asrock boards can be cheaper, and still offer some overclocking
features. What you have to watch with them, is non-standard applications
of chipsets and slots. For example, AGP slots that aren't really
AGP (more like PCI protocol). Or PCI Express x16 slots, with only
x4 lane wiring. Or FSB800 chipsets running at FSB1066. Or what looks
like a dual channel memory design, that is in fact single channel
(won't go dual).

So, spend a bit more, look for a full-sized ATX, check the downloadable
manual, and you're more likely to get something that overclocks.

Looking through the Newegg list, I'd probably look at a Gigabyte board.
Like Asus, as long as it's had the benefit of at least five BIOS releases,
it should be a solid performer.

GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $130
Ultra Durable 2


Re: Is an Asus P5VD2-MX good for overclocking?

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Gorgeous advice as always from Paul.

Any thoughts as to if that board will fit a Scythe Ninja?

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Re: Is an Asus P5VD2-MX good for overclocking?

bornfree wrote:
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My *guess* is: Yes.

Starting with the motherboard, the DIMMs are 133.35mm (5.25") wide. I
use that for establishing scale in the picture.

Now, there are a number of different Scythe heatsink models, and
a couple with Ninja in the name. I see dimensions of 110mm square
for one of them, and 104mmx109mm for another. If you use the DIMM
slots in the picture for scale, a 110mm heatsink will be over top
of the Gigabyte Northbridge cooler by a little bit.

What I cannot find, is a clearance dimension, for where the fin stack
starts. One of their other products does have a dimension, of about
48mm, or just shy of 2". As an example, you can see a Ninja Rev B
clearing a MOSFET cooler here. Based on this picture, I'd have to
guess that the heatsink clears the Gigabyte Northbridge.

Now, the fan dimensions, are outside of the 110mm quoted for the
heatsink. You can see that where the fan sits is also important.
A fan which is 120mm across, protrudes left and right of the
heatsink, when placed on the DIMM side of the heatsink. The fan
looks to be riding pretty high here, so maybe that will be OK.
If the bottom of the fan, actually rested below the level of
the fin stack, then there would be a possibility of the bottom
of the fan bumping against the Northbridge heatsink.

As near as I can tell, there is clearance to do the push pins,
so maybe you'll be able to do that OK. To remove, you have to
be able to rotate the push pin 90 degrees with a screwdriver.

(Intel install movie for LGA775 here, for instructions on push pins.
  Movie I have here, is 16MB in size.)

It's possible I've got the wrong heatsink, so maybe you can point
me to the one you plan to use.

Good luck,

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You seem to have exactly the right heat sink Scythe Ninja-PLUS Rev B.
I don't use a fan with it though. I think that's superfluous
considering I have a 120mm case fan fitted.

Antec Solo case. Should allow a full size board such as the GIGABYTE
GA-P35-DS3R LGA 775? If so it is going on my to buy list.

Re: Is an Asus P5VD2-MX good for overclocking?

bornfree wrote:

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    "Main Board Size      12"(W)x9.6"(L)"

Those are the dimensions of a full sized ATX. Motherboards
bigger than that, are the server ones. So the motherboard
itself won't be a problem.

Another thing to check, is the location and orientation of hard
drive racks, with respect to video card slots. Some video cards
are quite long, and they bump into the hard drive rack. The
outside dimensions of the Solo aren't especially big, and I'd
be concerned that maybe my video card would be a tight fit.

For example, if you had an 8.5" long video card, and hard drives
as shown here, the fit might be a bit tight. Sometimes, the Newegg
reviews for a particular video card, will mention fit problems.

Some of the Coolermaster products are a bit bigger. For example,
this case has the crossbar removed, so you can fit the heatsink,
and then put the motherboard into the case. The lower drives
are turned sideways (good), but the 5.25" drive bays seem
to line up with the video slot (bad).

I have several Antec cases  here, and as far as the metal work
goes, I like them. The Sonata is the most recent of those, and
has the lower drive bays turned sideways. That only causes a
slight issue, when putting the side panel back on. I don't have
SATA drives, but if I did, I'd probably need right angle connectors
on the SATA drives, so I could put the panel back on. A "straight out"
SATA connector wouldn't work, with drive bays turned sideways.

If may not be elegant, to use a slightly larger case, but
you'll do less cursing and swearing while working inside it.
My first case was a dog in that respect, hard to get into (no
easy side panel), poorly ventilated, crossbar to restrict opening
on the side of the case, and by comparison, the current case
designs are a pleasure to work in.


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