So, I've just upgraded my PC's CPU and RAM from an AMD Phenom X4 9600 with 2×2GiB DDR2-800 to an AMD Phenom II X6 1055T (the 95 version, HDT55TWFK6DGR) with 2×4GiB DDR3-1333.
The system worked - I'm using it now - but everything is a bit "off", for example:
- The keyboard missed key strokes, and occasionally duplicated them.
- The mouse is jumpy and unresponsive.
- The audio output to the speakers is distorted.
- The Nvidia display driver intermittently crashed and recovered.
Windows 7 wasn't reporting any hardware issues in Device Manager, as far as I can see all voltages, temperatures,etc are correct, the CPU model is supported by my motherboard (ASRock N68C-S) and isn't of higher power than my old CPU (both 95W).
After some quick investigation I discovered everything became normal as soon I started taxing the system (by running a CPU intensive test app), so I suspected one of the Cool'n'Quiet or Turbo Core type technologies was the cause. Having spent an hour or so rebooting with various different options switched on and off I have isolated the problem - I have had to Disable the Enhanced Halt State (C1E) setting in the BIOS to allow my computer to operate correctly all the time.
Why is this setting causing me a problem now? (It didn't with the old CPU)
Should I be concerned that I have to leave C1E disabled?
Is there some way I "fix" Windows somehow so I can re-enable C1E?