Originally Posted by Irked
name="Grompf" url="/t/1501416/msi-970-gaming-anyone/210#post_24832111"]MSI 970 Gaming after weird smell and crash (not mine)
After seeing this think Im going to replace my Board
Well I was flashing the BIOS on mine, and it failed (via live update, yes I know I shouldn't have, but I realized that a bit too late) and send it for warranty repair and guess what.. I had the same thing under VRM heatsink like you and they accoused me for spilling water on my board.. had to send them few MSI forum links where people have same thing on the board to even consider trying to repair it. It has been 2 weeks now, and I just got an email from them asking what CPU I was using, they still believe it's the VRM that failed. And no I haven't told them it's the BIOS, because in Slovenia, the more stupid you are in matters like this, the better.
In the mean time, because I saw this wil take it's time and it might result in them not even fixing the board, and the fact the board is utter **** (few pages back you can see me complaining about some stuff), I decided to not go full retard again and be smart and buy an ASUS board, the M5A99X EVO R2.0, to be precise. And guess what? there's no problems with socket temperature readings, fan speeds are ACTUALLY regulated as they should be, kicking in the second I put a load on the cpu AND I could easily overclock to 4.5 stable with 1,4v with cooler master evo 212 (cant go further because of the temperatures), where the maximum stable I managed to hit with the MSI was a whooping 4.2 with 1.42v and high temps and it didn't go past 4.3 even with 1.5v because of the vdroop (that is 4.3 not fully stable as some cores fail after few minutes in prime, but at least it booted..), where on the asus I'm expecting at least 4.7 when I buy a decent AIO water cooler. I have an r9 290x which really heats up my whole setup, so a closed loop, with fresh intake wouldn't have to deal with the GPU heat and it would lower the "ambient" temp for at least 5-10 degrees by itself.
Ok so... lesson learned. DONT GO WITH MSI, stuff looks and works like it wasn't even tested, even the connectors on the board are on questionable locations, which are hard to access. The overclocking potential is non existent, their software is utter ****; command center useless as it doesn't load settings automatically, live update ****ty as it failed to update the BIOS, even if it should be done via BIOS itelf, they market it as a feature and it's bundled, plus the program itself notified me for the update.
EDIT: Sorry forgot to actually address the oily thing leaking from the VRM. People on MSI forums concluded it's some kind of non conductive oil they use to "clean" the board after manufacturing, and some of it might stay under the vrm heatsink and it shouldn't be dangerous.
I had it like that for few months and didn't have problems because of it. No one is 100% sure it's that as it might also be the thermal thingy between heatsink and the VRM. But again.. I had it like that for some time and didn't have any problems. If you plan to send it back, don't forget to google MSI 970 oil VRM or VRM leak and collect some forum links as they might accuse you for spilling water on it too Edited by ookiie - 1/29/16 at 5:34am