Posted 23 July 2008 - 04:33 PM
Posted 23 July 2008 - 06:13 PM
The reason why I suggest this thermal compound over the Artic Silver 5 compound is because the MX-2 from Arctic cooling outperforms the Arctic Silver 5 compound and it's ceramic based, therefore it does not conduct electricity, unlike the Arctic Silver 5 compound that does conduct electricity. OCZ Freeze is another good compound to consider, I'd pick up whichever is available and the cheapest option of the two as they perform nearly the same. Note: Be sure that you do not purchase thermal adhesive.
I'm going to have to agree, sounds like your CPU may be throttling, as it's over heating.
The sluggishness in the BIOS is more then likely caused by there being no thremal paste, thus improper heat transfer.
Posted 23 July 2008 - 09:38 PM
Back to your RAM. Both the Mushkin and OCZ sets you tried are rated to run at 1.8V, which is the default for DDR2. So, this eliminates undervolting the RAM as a problem, but not faulty RAM. You can test for faulty RAM by running Memtest.
Click this for a guide to using Memtest
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Run it overnight if possible.
Posted 23 July 2008 - 10:05 PM
That being said, the fact that two sets of RAM have been used would essentially rule out the possibility of faulty RAM. Plus faulty RAM wouldn't cause a laggyness in the BIOS.
What BIOS version is being used? This is a relatively new board.....
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