just glue it rolleyes.gif the glue that artic silver sell
Of course thats permanent and has to be perfect the first time. I like to be able to undo mods while still in the warranty period, heh.
Now I don't know how hot they are getting on my board because they have a backside fan blowing on them
The fan makes a huge difference. With a 92mm fan, mine are at about 35C under load compared to that 113C shown above.
I checked the backsides of the other 990/970 boards on newegg. Here are the results from newegg pictures:
Update: the Asus M5A97 EVO R2.0 has the eight chips.
ASRock 990FX Extreme9 = has eight chips
ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer = has 2 chips. No 1X1 cpu plate hole.
ASRock 990FX Extreme3 = has 2 chips
ASRock 970 EXTREME4 = no chips
ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 = has 2 chips. No 1X1 cpu plate hole.
ASRock 970 PRO3 R2.0 = has no chips
MSI 990FXA-GD80 V2 = has no chips
MSI 990FXA-GD65V2 = has no chips
MSI 970A-G46 AM3+ = has no chips
MSI 970A-G43 = has no chips
ECS A990FXM-A = has no chips
ECS A970M-A DELUXE v1.0 = has no chips
BIOSTAR TA970 = has no chips
Interesting to note, the ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer and the ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 dont have a 1"X1" hole in the cpu back plate, but just 4 smallish holes. A fan on the backside of those boards is going to have only limited benefit. Dont know why there isnt that pretty much standard hole ?Edited by cpmee - 4/14/14 at 9:58am