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If your comp does not shout down, then it isnt overheated ! Phenom II X4 has 62C as a maximu operating temperature, but it will not shout down on 62C. FX 81xx has 61C, but FX chips have much higer tolerance for high temperature.
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As long as my CORE is under 62C I could care less what the socket is rolleyes.gif. But I guess if your socket is really hot it's right by your VRM so maybe it gets your VRM hotter too.
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Can I join? My old 790x UD4P died recently and I went with a 970a UD3 as a replacement.
Seems like the best non-SLI/Crossfire board out there right now for AM3+.

After reading the posts about the NB temp concerns, and upon close visual inspection, I decided to swap out the NB heatsink on the 970a for the NB/VRM heatsink on my old 790x.

The fit was about perfect. The only issue I ran into was the NB heatsink pins on the 970a are much wider then the pin holes in the 790x NB heatsink, they would not fit.
The mounting holes for the NB heatsink on the 970a motherboard are also extra wide to accommodate those wider new pins, so the old 790x NB heatsink pins wouldn't fit.

Ended up using some very small nylon nuts to secure the 790x heatsink on to the 970a board with the smaller pins (basically washer mod with nuts).

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Since the holes on the board were so big, using the tiny nylon washers there was alot of flex.


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The VRM heatsink portion mounted with the original pins. I liked the thermal pad Gigabyte put on the stock 970a VRM heatsink so I reused it.
I'll try some of the Fujipoly I have leftover if I end up not happy with the temps. Used Pro PK1 on the NB.

Can't report temps now because my memory hasn't arrived yet. Still got a couple of days to tinker around with something until then.

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If your comp does not shout down, then it isnt overheated ! Phenom II X4 has 62C as a maximu operating temperature, but it will not shout down on 62C. FX 81xx has 61C, but FX chips have much higer tolerance for high temperature.

So are we talking about the core temp, cpu temp or the socket temp this is really confusing.
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Mounted the stock VRM and NB heatsinks from the 970a onto the old 790x motherboard today and noticed something.
The pins Gigabyte used on the stock 970a VRM heatsink are quite long. About twice as long as the normal pin you'd see on a heatsink like this.

When I first got my 970a UD3 I wiggled the heatsinks around and the only one that moved excessively was the VRM heatsink on the 970a board.
I could still tap the stock VRM heatsink ever so lightly with my finger and it would move after I mounted it on the old 790x board with the long pins.
Just like when it was mounted originally on the 970a.

Figured I'd try the washer mod to tighten things up on the 790x heatsink with the linger pins and it helped, but nothing like using a normal length pin.
Got a collection of mounting pins taken off past boards. Used some smaller pins from my collection and the mount now on the 790x VRM heatsink is very nice.
Could still do the washer mod on the smaller pins, to get it super tight, although I don't think it's necessary. It looks like the board warps slightly when I do it.

So to sum it up if your not happy with the stock VRM mount on your 970/990 it might be a good idea to use a shorter pin instead of the washer mod.
Using a shorter pin just fits so much better and more natural then the longer pins Gigabyte provided, it makes me wonder why they did this.
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hi,
i have the GA-970A-DS3 with a phenom II x4 3.2GHz, with a 460 GTX.
And the problem is that i am getting 67ºC at the north brige (TMPIN2) just when i start the PC, and up to 90ºC when i run a game like GTA4 or BF3 so the PC starts making a by "Biiip" noise.
is the motherboard too bad for games or which is the problem? thanks
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I would suggest to anyone who has any of the boards in this family to change the thermal paste on the NB. Even a good quality thermal pad on the NB would probably work better than the stock thermal paste Gigabyte used on it.

The stock paste on my NB was pink and very hard. Reminded me of old dried out bubblegum. Very sticky. This was before I even powered the motherboard on for the first time.

That stock pink paste or pad, whatever it is, took some time to clean off too. Needed alot of WD 40 and a small plastic scrapper. I would think just about any thermal paste (non-conductive) would work better than the pink stuff Gigabyte used.
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hi,
i have the GA-970A-DS3 with a phenom II x4 3.2GHz, with a 460 GTX.
And the problem is that i am getting 67ºC at the north brige (TMPIN2) just when i start the PC, and up to 90ºC when i run a game like GTA4 or BF3 so the PC starts making a by "Biiip" noise.
is the motherboard too bad for games or which is the problem? thanks

TMPIN2 is CPU Socket temp. What voltages are you running?
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Update: Firmware version F13b (BETA!) has been released for the 990XA-UD3.

Updated AHCI/RAID versions, and new CPU AGESA. Actually a decent update, if only it didn't carry the beta monkier. Newer AMD RAID roms have improved caching, IIRC.
    
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I would suggest to anyone who has any of the boards in this family to change the thermal paste on the NB. Even a good quality thermal pad on the NB would probably work better than the stock thermal paste Gigabyte used on it.
The stock paste on my NB was pink and very hard. Reminded me of old dried out bubblegum. Very sticky. This was before I even powered the motherboard on for the first time.
That stock pink paste or pad, whatever it is, took some time to clean off too. Needed alot of WD 40 and a small plastic scrapper. I would think just about any thermal paste (non-conductive) would work better than the pink stuff Gigabyte used.

You would expect better from gigabyte then to use thick hard pink paste.. I am starting regret not spending the extra money and buying a ASUS Crosshair V over this board with all its voltage issues and such
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