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I decided to do a little CPU stress testing and the results were not quite as I expected.
I ran Prime 95 for about a half hour -- I wanted to get the feel for what the program did, so the logical solution to me was to monitor the system closely and after 30 minutes, everything was brought up to temperature. Based on the CPUID HWmonitor results, my cpu was doing great and got up to a whopping 116deg.F (CPU is at 3.4GHz, stock voltage) However, the spot marked "TMPIN2" was significantly higher than everything else. (55degC /131degF) While not horrible temperatures, I am interested in identifying the problem so I can see about upgrading the cooling for that region. You can see that it also is the warmest spot on my board other than the GPU which is slated to go under water.

So the magic question is, what is this sensor monitoring?

EDIT: Derp! If I read the FAQ on the first page I would have had my answer. frown.gif

Hex.
[ Hopes that screws will be tapped, sensors can be replaced, and shrouds can be built... ]
Edited by hex65000 - 1/4/12 at 7:36am
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So I have read through about 20-25 pages of this thread and I've seen that many of you are able to update your BIOS without a hitch. I've Googled the question I'm about to ask quite a few times, but to no avail...
My CPU is running into the same problem use AAronage ran into, where his FX4100 at stock clock throttles at 3.3ghz..
I tried updating the BIOS by using the guide Gigabyte has posted online on their official site but there is one error I keep encountering. I have no clue how to get past it. I would love to update to the f10g BIOS to fix my problem.

This is the error I keep getting
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Does anyone know how to get past this? I would greatly appreciate ANY help
Thanks!
post #773 of 3278
I can run Tri-Crossfire (x8/x8/x4) in my 990X-UD3 or only Crossfire (x8/x8)???

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http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3901#ov
quote from Gigabyte's site:

Multi-display support with 2 way SLI™ and 2 way CrossFireX
Flexible graphics capabilities - Up to 2 VGA cards are supported for either 2 way CrossFireX™ or 2 way SLI™ action (running at two x8 bandwidth), delivering the ultimate in graphics performance for gaming enthusiasts who demand the highest frame rates without compromising on resolution.

2 cards in crossfire running at X8

manual download here:
http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3901#manual

happy new year, successful computer builds!
Steve
Edited by bcudasteve - 1/7/12 at 1:53pm
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Thread Starter 

FLASHSPI is used with the tool that updates the BIOS from the OS.  The .F10G file (or whatever BIOS version) is the actual ROM file that can be flashed and is the one that's necessary.  You should never update from the OS anyways; always use the Q-Flash tool.

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PetGz

yes, you can. Crossfire with card on 4x would work slower than on 2 cards. 990FX recommended IMO.
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Hi guys, first time on this thread. I have one of the Gigabyte 990X boards with a Phenom II X4 955BE OC'd to 3.6. Just wondering if I can get counted on the owners list? Thanks in advance.
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Hey guys, I have a question that I hope somebody here can help me with. I have had the 970a-ud3 for 4-5 months now running an Athlon II x4 630 with a corsair H100 cooling kit. I've read through this entire thread and decided to follow one of the members who took off the thermal pads from his MOSFET's and Northbridge heatsink's and applied some thermal paste to lower the temps.

I went ahead with this using some MX-4 and ended up with negative results with both my NB and Mosfet temps(TMPIN1 & TMPIN2) rising +2-5 C degrees while under load from Prime95 & Intel Burn-in test. My ambient room temperature didn't change nor did my CPU temp change either. Before I did this, under load my TMPIN1 was maxing out at 42C and my TMPIN2 at 49C, and afterward TMPIN1 = 46C TMPIN2 = 53C.

So my question after researching is, when I removed the mosfet and NB thermal pads and applied MX-4 in there place, did I apply too much MX-4 (i just dabbed some in the center of NB and spread and I covered all of the mosfets with a q-tip cut in half which covered all of the chips but left extra and uneven TIM on top which I thought wouldn't have been overkill considering it had a thermal pad to begin with). Or my other thought was that the thermal pads were thicker and provided a tighter fit between the mosfet chips and heatsink, so when I took them off it left them with more space between the two which reduced the ability for the heatsink to properly transfer heat. Anyway, hope somebody who has done the same thing can help me out. I was under the impression that the MX-4 would have lowered the temps at least a little bit, so should I reapply TIM and use a credit card to properly even out the TIM or does my thought on the gap created from removing the thermal pads hold any merit?



Btw, My x4 630 is clocked at 3738MHz @ 1.52V, CPU NB CID +.100V, NB 2670MHz. My FSB's top stable setting seems to be 267, after that I start to hit a wall regardless of my settings, is this a good range for this board?
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Originally Posted by Nightshade85 View Post

Hello
I have a big issue.
I own a GA-970A-D3 motherboard - the one that does not have a VRM/MOSFET cooler.
The lack of such a cooler really limits the overclocking capabilities and I've been lucky enough not to blow a MOSFET yet (only had some minor instability problems on too high voltages). So I really, REALLY have to get a VRM cooler but I have no idea which one to get. Is it anyone here who has this board who has successfully attached a custom VRM cooler to it? If so, which one did you use?
I've had a look at EnzoTech's website but none of their coolers seem to support this card. I've even looked around for VGA RAM coolers but I'm unsure if the 14 x 14mm ones I've found will fit.
Help is greatly appreciated.
EDIT: I found some VRAM coolers that have the following dimensions: 13x13x8 (L W H) which will fit the VRM's just fine.
It's these ones:
http://www.coolingstuff.se/photos/1/18.jpg
Koolance Video RAM Heat Sinks
Cost me like 8 USD with the shipping ^^
Funny thing is that Gigabyte support told me that "The GA-970A-D3 is not made for this purpose." (overclocking)
and that "There is no after marked cooler available. You will need the GA-970A-UD3 witch is equipped with a mosfet cooler"
...Im proving them wrong.

Heatsinks or not, it is still 4+1 phase VRM which is bad for overclocking.
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