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Just got my system up and running, And I have plenty of fans and air flow.. but the Asus "PC Probe" is saying my hardware is running hotter than you think it would. Specs are:

Asus Sabertooth X58.
Intel i7 920 @ 2.66Ghz
Thermaltake Watercooling
12GB DDR3 1333mhz
Two Sapphire Radeon HD3870s
Fujitsu max 15,000RPM SAS SCSI drive

Nothing is overclocked, And I'm just running firefox and Winamp.

CPU temp is 42*C
MB Temp is 41*C
North Bridge temp is 79*C

Why is it so warm? It isn't warm in my room, And I've checked everything. Is it just the software I am using being off, Or do these boards run hot?

Here is a pic of it:

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post #2 of 14
it's so warm because you've removed all airflow from the PCH/VRMs by putting on a watercooler (OE blocks are cooled by the air thrown radially off the OE cooler). I can't be completely sure from the picture but it also looks like you're using the NB heatsink as a wire guide, probably blocking natural convection from doing its job, compounding the problem.

asus sells/used to sell these for WC use:
maasusopt.jpg

I bought one for $5 shipped on ebay...

the PCH doesn't put out much heat, so it won't take much airflow to drastically reduce the temps.
 
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it's so warm because you've removed all airflow from the PCH/VRMs by putting on a watercooler (OE blocks are cooled by the air thrown radially off the OE cooler). I can't be completely sure from the picture but it also looks like you're using the NB heatsink as a wire guide, probably blocking natural convection from doing its job, compounding the problem.
asus sells/used to sell these for WC use:
maasusopt.jpg
I bought one for $5 shipped on ebay...
the PCH doesn't put out much heat, so it won't take much airflow to drastically reduce the temps.

Nope, Not using the NB to guide any wires, Just they sit close.

What can I do about my cooler? The installion guide to it recommended it had me have Fan (Blowing out of case) -> Radiator. Which, to me... didn't make any sense... Because I had a Aquagate S1 or whatever and it's fan was on the backside (Similar to picture) .

Would it be best to remove one of the fans? (On the radiator, that is)
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No PUSH/PULL is best for OC Temps. Just get the NB Cooler and be happy smile.gif
 
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No PUSH/PULL is best for OC Temps. Just get the NB Cooler and be happy smile.gif


What do you mean? doesn't it need some sort of airflow? I've always had the front pushing in air, and the back pulling it out. Never used Watercooling until now...
post #6 of 14
Try reseating the PCH heatsink and applying new paste on it
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Try reseating the PCH heatsink and applying new paste on it

I'm sorry, I'm not new to computers by any means.. but I've never heard the term PCH. And I don't feel comfortable taking off a heatsink that was put on from the factory.
post #8 of 14
OP, the PCH is what you think the NB is - it's no longer the NB - most of that functionality has been moved onboard the "cpu" (memory controller, "front side bus", etc)

Your "best" option is to provide some sort of cooling to the entire MB - a 120mm fan directed towards it would make a huge difference in both VRM temps as well as PCH temps - removing a cpu cooler fan won't help that.

if you're going for the minimum best effect, a quiet 20mm fan and some rubber bands will probably suffice - I'd bet you'd see around a 20ºC drop.

I would recommend you NOT remove the cooler - mine on my asus P6T was cemented on - it took me a few hours to remove and clean off the cement with a knife.
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your "best" option is to provide some sort of cooling to the entire MB - a 120mm fan directed towards it would make a huge difference in both VRM temps as well as PCH temps - removing a cpu cooler fan won't help that.
if you're going for the minimum best effect, a quiet 20mm fan will probably suffice - I'd bet you'd see around a 20ºC drop.

i mean on my radiator. I have two fans, One pushing and one pulling air. Would that cause problems my CPU has well? it's 40-42*c IDLE and it isn't overclocked.
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Idle temperatures dont mean anything, only load temps do
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