Despite the great variety of settings, we couldn’t get our AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ processor to work at 290MHz clock generator frequency. We have already proven in one of our previous reviews that it can work stably and reliably at 2.9GHz speed on ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe (NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI) mainboard. This time, the system would load Windows but then would shut down during stability tests or would give us a Blue Screen of death.
After a number of experiments with voltages and cooling we did what we should have done from the start. The processor clock frequency multiplier was set at a lower value in order to reveal the maximum clock generator frequency for the mainboard to work stably. We were surprised to find out that the board wouldn’t start at frequencies over 300MHz, 300MHz and even 290MHz, although it would load the Windows at this speed. 288MHz is the top clock generator frequency for the DFI LanParty UT NF590 SLI-M2R/G mainboard to operate stably with our CPU.
It was pretty sad, but on the other hand CPUs with 10x clock multiplier are little by little leaving the stage, and if the multiplier is even higher then DFI LanParty UT NF590 SLI-M2R/G will be able to speed them up to their maximum capacity. In our particular case the lagging behind ASUS mainboard is not critical at all, which we have proven later in our test session.