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Gigabyte GA-880GMA-USB3 ---- Loose part on it, curious if I should RMA.

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So, I got the Gigabyte GA-880GMA-USB3.
While installing the CPU and heatsink, I noticed the Turbo 3D part located directly below the CPU was a bit loose and wobly.
It doesn't seem to be causing any harm, but I'm not sure if I should just RMA it or go on with the build and see if it still works.
Here's a picture of the mobo so you can see where I'm looking.

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Thatsyour Northbridge Heat Sink. It may not be optimally cooling it if there is not a solid contact. I personally would send it back, particularly if you are going to start overclocking later on.
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Generally that style of heatsink will move a little bit, because the push pins that hold it to the motherboard have springs on them to keep pressure on the sink. So long as you didnt rock it back and forth too much, you should be fine. If for some reason however you compromised the TIM on the sink and NB, you may have created an air pocket, which could in time overheat the component.

Does your motherboard have a temp/voltage monitoring program?
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Well, the northbridge seems to have readjusted itself into place without being loose anymore.
I'm still in the process of putting together the pc. I'll have to check temps once I boot it up.
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Well, the northbridge seems to have readjusted itself into place without being loose anymore.
I'm still in the process of putting together the pc. I'll have to check temps once I boot it up.

Im thinking you will be fine biggrin.gif, but let us know if your not. Worst case scenario, you could always remove the NB heatsink and reapply the TIM.
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Thought the same thing about my Asus M4A87TD-EVO... it was extremely wobbly when I put everything together. Everything seemed to be fine, it seemed like it fixed itself. waited about 6 months to decide to OC my Processor. Thats when things went downhill. after about 1 month of OCing, it quit. No PCI-E signal, on my motherboard ment no Post whatsoever. Seemed that after getting the nothbridge warm, it had lossened the TIM.

After RMAing the board, they sent me a diffferent revision of the board that sports better retention, and better design of the heatsink. This is why I think it will probably be in your best interest to go ahead and talk to them about RMA... IDK how quickly they work, but mine took about 15 days.
    
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