the slowest phenom x4, HELP!

February 25, 2009 at 20:53:40
Specs: Windows XP Pro
I just bought and installed a TA780G M2+
MOBO, with a AMD phenomx4 2.2Ghz OCed to 2.5,
and 4GB RAM PC2-6400 (2x2GB). one 40GB HDD
with windows installed and one 320 HDD with
all other stuff on it. 500Watt Power Supply.

Problem is it runs really slow for whats in
it. RAM shows up as 4GB in bios but 3.25 in
computer properties. installed drivers from
CD that came with MOBO. I have done a
registry scan, and its still slow as crap.
any ideas?

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February 25, 2009 at 21:04:53
"RAM shows up as 4GB in bios but 3.25 in computer properties"

That's normal. But my questions to you are why did you get DDR2-800 & why did you install the OS on a 40GB HDD? Post the HDD specs.

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February 25, 2009 at 21:11:31
well i wanted 1066 but everywhere i went no
one had it... and i replaced an old mobo and
cpu n such, which had windows installed on
the 40. dont have a windows cd to install it
on the 320. they are sata so they shouldnt be
slow. and your gonna have to help me out on
the HDD specs part, not to sure what you

also, thats normal? how so?

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February 25, 2009 at 22:13:25
What's your definition of slow?

Here's a DDR2-1066 Dual Channel kit for $57 and free shipping:

Have you defragged?
How many apps do you have running?
Are you by any chance running Norton Anti-Virus?

I checked the reviews of this motherboard on Newegg, and others claim that it is slow as well.

WinSimple Software

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February 26, 2009 at 04:49:49
"the HDD specs part, not to sure what you

The reason I asked is because *usually* when you see 40GB, it's an older/slower HDD. By specs I meant type (PATA or SATA), RPM (5400 or 7200), buffer size (2MB, 8MB, 16MB).

"also, thats normal? how so?"


You're taking a performance hit by running DDR2-800 instead of DDR2-1066, but not enough to make the system seem "really slow". You've got a pretty decent motherboard...did you take the time to manually configure the BIOS or are you running defaults?

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February 26, 2009 at 10:24:18
This is what i mean by slow:
my old amd 1.7 Ghz socket 939 CPU with 1.5
GB of ddr 3200 ran quicker.

The 40 GB HDD is sata 7200 rpm, not sure about the buffer size though.

i configured the bios to the extent of my
knowledge. it has an auto over clock and
manual feature.. i'm using the auto setting right now.

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