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Old 30-11-10, 11:32 PM
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So tonight I pooled parts and rebuilt my black Alienware ready for sale. Very nice little machine

Any way, for a laugh I figured I would see how high I could clock the 9950 (125w TDP so far cooler than the 140w) and set about playing a little.

The mistake I made was that I forgot that the Asrock doesn't like a TDP over about 130w. This was why I could not get any more than 400mhz over on my 940.

Well I had sniffed the smell before but could not figure it out. I hit 3.2ghz easily with the Corsair H50 and decent temps. So I ran Prime. 45 mins in it was stable as a rock. But, I could smell like, warm electronics lol. So I start sniffing the air like an idiot and sticking my head inside the case.

"I wonder if it's the capacitors?". Put my finger down and my skin literally came off and stuck to the top

Thankfully I didn't cause any damage. But as I said I had sniffed that smell before. Oddly it was when I OCed the 940 to 3.6ghz and ram prime for a couple of hours. Thing was that was in the summer and I figured some one was having a bonfire or barbeque

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Old 01-12-10, 12:26 AM
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Next thing I hear from ya you'll manage to melt down the house lol
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Old 01-12-10, 12:31 AM
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Old 01-12-10, 02:36 AM
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Hey, Al...can you come to my house and tell me if my grease is hot enough before I drop my 15 pound turkey in the turkey fryer...snicker

BTW...don't mean anything with the emote...it just went with my asking you to do something stupid. Like...gotcha
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Old 01-12-10, 12:09 PM
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I've actually smelt it before tbh. Even with the 940 @ 3.4ghz (400 mhz over same as I was running the 9950) it was doing it. The caps are seated in hot glue, that was the smell.

Just goes to show how stupid Prime is tbh. Will never use it again. Runs my CPU 9c hotter than any game, any benchmark and any app. Stupid.
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Old 01-12-10, 12:47 PM
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Did it smell like TCP? thats what I always think when Ive killed something! Happens more often than you might think - /angel face
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Old 01-12-10, 02:25 PM
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Actually yes it did. It wasn't a nasty smell Was quite pleasant really

Had the caps not taken the skin off my fingers I would have left it haha. 3ghz @ 1.35v really wasn't bad and TBH? my 940 used way more than that @ 3.4ghz.

It was perfectly stable in Prime but the smell deffo scared me pooless lol. I was going to sell it as pre overclocked but knowing my luck the buyer would get it home and run prime for a week
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