Yeats wrote:Nice anecdote. You haven't actually given us any info that we can use to help you, though. Do you want help, or just looking to stir things up?
Wait, actually you did give us something: "I also have some strange USB anomalies where it doesn't recognize Anything plugged into after recovering from sleep, and a strange audio blip that pops up every 30 or so minutes." Sounds like a possible motherboard issue?
I have the same CPU & mobo, and am running @ 4.12 ghz. /shrug
maxxcool wrote:It's the motherboard. While cpu's can "wear out", its really only from absurd overvolting or really terrible cooling. No, my #1 suspect is your power supply. #2 would be the power phase's on the motherboard. The "over time loss of speed" hints at Capacitors going bad, or a heat related issue.
As for the usb noise and audio clicks. that's your pci puss not being in buss master mode, and or your pci or pci-e buss running more than 34mhz / 104mhz. you need to set the pci buss to a fixed 33mhz and the pic-e bus to 100mhz fixed.