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Gigabyte 970A-D3 (Rev 1.1) and Overclocking

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Alright guys so here's the situation, I just got a new CPU cooler (CM Hyper n520) and was planning on doing some over-clocking to my FX-6100, when I noticed that my board does NOT have VRM/MOSFET cooling. So I've got a question. I've been reading around threads and my board has the latest BIOS which has VRM protection and the thread also said the board was acceptable to overclock on with aftermarket cooling. So my question is if I don't change the voltage on the CPU (or can I?) will my board be safe? ..Or do I have to spend 15 bucks on a copper heatsink and wait 3 weeks on shipping to get started... Answers and thoughts appreciated! rolleyes.gif
post #2 of 9
Thread Starter 
*Bump* Also, I haven't installed the new cooler yet because I want to see what you guys have to say and if I am going to need to replace mobo I don't want to mount it twice...
post #3 of 9
I say if there is a way to get airflow directly over the VRM's with a fan then you should be good until you get the heatsinks.
post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
Hmm, sounds about right. Alright I'll go for it, then just buy the heatsink. Its $15, I dont think I can lose much on that. thumb.gif
post #5 of 9

Send GIGABYTE an e-mail.  They once sent a GA-970A-D3 owner a VRM heatsink for free (i.e. the same one put in the rev 1.4 D3) (the post is somewhere in the 990XA/970A owners club) and I'm sure they'd be glad to send you one for your purposes.  I hope I'm not too late.


In the meantime, you should avoid installing the N520, or you may get reliability issues.  The latest F9 BIOS or later has VRM protection equipped; with your VRMs not cooled, you may see reliability compromises in the form of VRM protection activating as a result of the VRMs not getting the cooling they require.  This may cause you to lose saved work among other things.

post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks xd! I was kinda hoping you'd comment on this since your kinda the guru about this stuff around here. And sure why not! I didn't even think about that, I'll shoot gigabyte an email and see what happens. The worst they can say is no. Thanks again!

P.S. - Being the impatient person I am, I went ahead and installed the N520... It's performing very well but I can see why you would advise against it. My ambient temps. here are low and my case has solid air moving through constantly so hopefully the 970 wont jump the gun on me and shut down. I've been gaming on it and did a Prime95 burn in and it seems to be okay so fingers crossed on no accidental shut downs. redface.gif
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
Alright just sent gigabyte an email... and now we wait. Hopefully they'll decide to send me a heatsink from the rev 1.3 boards! thumb.gif
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
Well... Looks like I'm going heatsink shopping. Take a look at this:

Oh well, even though I know they DO make a VRM/MOSFET heatsink for the 970A-D3 Board (Rev 1.3) I guess this guy doesn't know it. So I think I'm gonna grab this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835708016 and then start overclocking my FX-6100. rolleyes.gif
post #9 of 9

The 970 won't die on you, the latest version BIOS added VRM protection.  But that might give you some reliability issues.


You may wish to quote this post and also PM this user, he's the one who had the heatsinked asked for and sent.  You might've wanted to omit the "overclocking" part though as I'm not sure if board manufacturers keep warranty if they know you're overclocking.

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