Asus m4a785 m updating the bios
The dies on the north/southbridge are so tiny that it would be easy to use too much, and if you conductive stuff you might kill the board.
I also used Arctic Silver on the stock AMD CPU heatsink.
First, the board needed a BIOS update to support the processor. I used another computer to download the new ROM onto a USB memory stick, popped it in the M4A785-M, and let it flash.
Overvolting increases the heat/power-consumption substantially and I’d be begging for trouble doing it (I wouldn’t expect the board to last more than a year assuming it survived the overvolting process on this processor to begin with). Before throwing the motherboard in the case, I pulled the northbridge & southbridge heatsinks, and scraped off the old thermal interface junk.
It’s silver stuff on the northbridge (similar to the AMD heatsink thermal interface pad), and the gross pink thermal pad on the southbridge.
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The fact of the matter is, I had perfectly good DDR2 RAM that wasn’t being used, and one of the newer AM3 boards just didn’t make sense. Even though the X6 is an AM3 processor, it’s backwards compatible with AM2/AM2+ motherboards, proving the board supports it physically as well as through a BIOS update.—Despite these downsides, motherboard options in the DDR2 realm are slim, and this was the best motherboard locally available.
Once those were off, I replaced it with an extremely tiny amount of Arctic Silver.
If you replace the thermal pad with thermal paste, I’d recommend using a NON-CONDUCTIVE paste.
Overclocking has the potential to damage/destroy components. Just because my settings didn’t blow up my machine, doesn’t mean they won’t blow up yours.
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