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Asus Z97-Pro Gamer VRM throttling

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Hi!

Got a Asus Z97 Pro Gamer, a delidded 4790k and a H100i in push/pull. My current settings are 4.7GHZ at 1.275v. While running OCCT (not linpack) my CPU core temps sit between 65 and 75 degrees, which is absolutely fine, but my VRM temps peak into the high 90s and therefore start throttling. I have a very good airflow in the case (Define S with 3x140 in the front and 1x140 in the back). Setting a fan above the VRMs is out of the question, I'm all in for the looks, so I started looking at other motherboards.

My question is, would I see any difference if I were to upgrade to a Asus Maximus VII Hero? I can get it for a really good price. I reckon it has bigger heatsinks on the VRMs, and probably a better design on the power phase.

Thanks in advance! thumb.gif
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Does anybody with a Maximus VII Hero experience VRM throttling?
post #3 of 8
Can you check your VRM temperatures while using AIDA 64?
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Mid 70's
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Mid 70's

Is that during stress test or idling?
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During stress test, CPU and FPU. OCCT loads the VRM heavier it seems.
post #7 of 8
Okay, one thing to try and test. Use Intel Extreme Tuning Utility (Intel XTU) and try the benchmark and stress test tool.

If it's fine on that, the VRMs shouldn't throttle in real world scenarios.

I've never used OCCT so I don't know how intensive it is on the CPU as opposed to AIDA 64, prime 95, and Intel XTU.
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VRMs are quite all right during normal operations like gaming, transcoding, etc. It's only while stress testing with OCCT and such that they overheat. I don't really think it's that big of a deal to be honest, I just like to think that the setup is rock solid and ready to take any task I'm ready to throw at it without throttling nor failing. Thanks for the help!
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