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Stock chipset cooling on the P5N32-E

post #1 of 8
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Is the stock cooling sufficient for overclocking? I only have part of my aftermarket cooling ready right now and I have to wait a while to buy the other parts. Can I keep my current OC of 3.375ghz with 1.48vcore, or do I have to go stock until I have the rest of my parts?

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You should be okay. Did it come with one of those NB fan thingys? If so, I would suggest attaching that.
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No, it didn't come with a fan...
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If you have a tower air cooler, the fan should be blowing some air over the heatpipe on the board, so I would not worry about it. The 680i chipset can take some serious heat.
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Originally Posted by bdattilo View Post
If you have a tower air cooler, the fan should be blowing some air over the heatpipe on the board, so I would not worry about it. The 680i chipset can take some serious heat.
I disagree on two counts. First the tower air coolers are designed to blow air in a straight line (typically to the back output fan of a case) and as such minimal air is circulated to the nb or the vrms around the cpu area.

Second, there is no north or southbridge fan included with the asus board. an optional one is included with the EVGA board.

Aftermarket cooling on the nb (at the least) is a necessity as the nb can get hotter than the cpu.
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Will the stock NB/SB/MOSFET cooling at least be good for a few weeks while I get the money to buy the parts?
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Of course, just keep to mild overclocks.
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post #8 of 8
The NorthBridge on my board still gets pretty warm even with a Noctua NU-06 installed. The stock cooling simply isn't enough to keep the NorthBridge at decent temperatures when you start exceeding the default vCore.
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