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Old 09-14-2013, 09:09 PM   #1
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Question Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 motherboard (turbo key support?)

Have just purchased a new computer, parts in question are:
  • AMD FX 8320 processor (3.5GHz)
  • Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 motherboard

Apparently the 8320 cpu can be safely overclocked to 4.0Ghz with something called a 'Turbo Key'.

Turbo Key

ASUS Turbo Key allows the user to turn the PC power button into a physical overclocking button. After the easy setup, Turbo Key can boost performances without interrupting ongoing work or games - with just one touch!!

I assume it requires some kind of kernel module or software to get this functionality? I just installed kubuntu to this desktop and pressing the power button starts a shutdown... i'm unable to find any software that enables this to work with linux (if there is any). There is a driver disc obtaining windows software that came with the motherboard, but obviously isn't of much help.

I came across this thread, but it doesn't really explain anything more than i'd already figured.

Anyone had experience with this 'Turbo Key' feature? How can i get it working, thanks!
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I never have the need to use turbo key & the core unlocker doesn't supported linux as the linux kernel enables all of the cores on boot.
On my mobo it's a switch on mobo
The software is for wins

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The Turbo Key function does indeed use a Windows software, no Linux support available.
Seriously, this is actually a good thing, you should never trust a software that automagically overclocks the system when you want to have a stable system. If you really need overclocking (with a FX8320 this shouldn't really be the case) I recommend to do some learning how to properly overclock these CPUs. Keep in mind that you will void your guaranty with overclocking.
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Thanks for the responses.

To be honest, i've never been into overclocking, thought i'd just aswell see if i can get this working.
The cpu is deffinetely fast enough already for what i need, so it's not much of a concern.

Seems odd that Asus would provide a driver CD for the motherboard that contains a bootable isolinux on the disc, but fail to ship any software that actually runs under linux to support these features.


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