beware!! most knowledgable phenom 2 oc'ers find diminishing returns (and stability) around 2400-2600 cpu/nb. i've seen d'ice runs that didn't top 2600...
not really an issue of the mobo. most oc'ers i know say around 2200-2400 is the sweet spot anyways.
My issue was more with the fact that when set above 2900Mhz, the motherboard would boot normally (with no hint of issues) but would have the CPU/NB set to 2000Mhz. Whether or not this speed is achievable by most, or even useful with current chips, doesn't really matter. I'm sure it is just a minor BIOS issue. I have no reason to believe that our 720 BE was the limiting factor, but we'll know for certain when I try it on another AM3 board.
Sorry to bring this somewhat old topic back up again, but I see there was mention in the review about the northbridge temp sensor.
Would this be the sensor usually identified as "motherboard"?
Just trying to figure out where the sensors are actually located on this motherboard. The CPU one (not the individual CPU core temps) is probably below the socket. Just confused where the northbridge sensor is located or whether it is actually some junction temp inside the 790GX northbridge. Most of the temp sensing is from the SuperIO IC located between the rear backplate section and the first expansion slot, but I'm not sure if this is pulling the temp from the northbridge or perhaps sensor below the northbridge or if the actual reported northbridge or motherboard temp is perhaps coming from a sensor/junction on or near the SuperIO chip.
My SuperIO runs pretty hot to the touch, but I think it's just sitting in a heatspot anyway.
So where do you guys reckon these temps are coming from?