My first post ever around here ever was going to be about how I kept having trouble with my temp readings on this MB. I was going to tell you that in HWinfo, latest version, what is labelled as "Temperature 3" and also usually "CPU 0" (not "CPU" mind you, the one that's on my Phenom not the one from the ITE chip) kept misbehaving:
-Temperature 3 either didn't even show, or when it did the reading never changed whatever I did (browsing, gaming, movie...) and could be all over the place, sometimes 12C (!), sometimes 59(!!), sometimes 129(!!!!!!!). The number would be set from the moment I started HWinfo to the next reboot, restarting the software wouldn't do anything.
-CPU 0, well, would be absent half the time, even though the cpu (10h+ thingie) would appear.
I would try to change settings in the BIOS, to no avail. I got the same results with every version of the BIOS.
Then, right before posting this, I decided to update the BIOS again, because I realized the unadvised version was 9A, and what is now on the Gigabyte site is the 9B. Lo and behold, both my readings are fine now.
So this went from "W.T.F help" to "I have this mobo and everything is fine".
Except (plot twist
) I have a question regarding the MOSFET heatsink. I looked at the post about removing/reapplying thermal paste on the heatsinks and came upon a little kink in the process (beyond ruining my fingers to get the damn things off). If I remove the MOSFET heatsink, remove the thermal pad , apply some not so recent thermal paste, put it back, well the heatsink is just not stable. I can move it slightly back and forth, and when I removed it again (hello fingertips) it was obvious on both the MOSFETs themselves and the heatsink that they were barely touching (paste hadn't spread).
Therefore, are the MOSFETs not aligned on a plane, making any heatsink modification impossible without thermal pads (
), or is the heatsink itself just poorly flattened/polished? I'm asking because the temp I get from my now-normal reading is around 50C idle, and I don't like it, and I'm not sure what this temp actually measures, and when I do change the stock cooler on my cpu I figure I might as well invest in proper radiators for all involved. Any advices on that by the way?
Aaaand that's it for now.