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Heya guys. Just picked up an Asus Maximus Extreme with a QX9650. It's working fairly well except for the fact that when I ran the Asus Probe it showed my northbridge temp @ 73C(!). I quickly shut it down and went down to Frys to pick up a water kit for it. After hooking up the kit, the temps now read 57C - which still seems to be way higher than it should be. The really strange thing about this is if I reach in and touch the water block itself while the system is running, it's actually cold. Anyone seen this before?
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Yeah, I have seen Asus Probe showing ridiculous temps before. Haven't we all?
post #3 of 17
try everest , very good program
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use everest I love it and prefer it. Also please fill out your system specs.
post #5 of 17
what does the bios tell you the temp is?
Drop about 10c off that reading and you're probably right.

The factory thermal pasting/pad may been a bad application (there have been a few)so removing the NB and mosfets and checking or reapplying probably will help.
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what does the bios tell you the temp is?
Drop about 10c off that reading and you're probably right.

The factory thermal pasting/pad may been a bad application (there have been a few)so removing the NB and mosfets and checking or reapplying probably will help.
Yeah, starting to think this might be the case. The heatsink directly above the water block is fairly warm to the touch - even though they're basically touching (the water block is cold and the air from the radiator doesn't feel warm at all).
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post #7 of 17
Maximus NB runs a bit hot,but nothing untoward..Im not concerned about it.
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post #8 of 17
Indeed the NB does run hot but thats also due to the X38 chipset running hot.
The thermal junk used by Asus is probably something you should have a look at and replace, be careful when removing the heatsink though! To remove it let your computer run for a while to get it warm, then try removing it, or blow air with a hairdryer on the heatsink to warm it up, dont put too much pressure to remove it as you could break off the chip (Happenned to a friend)
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post #9 of 17
Yea that's insanely high.......I get 43-47C at full load with a 120mm fan over mine (no water) running 1.65V
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post #10 of 17
Quote:
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Indeed the NB does run hot but thats also due to the X38 chipset running hot.
The thermal junk used by Asus is probably something you should have a look at and replace, be careful when removing the heatsink though! To remove it let your computer run for a while to get it warm, then try removing it, or blow air with a hairdryer on the heatsink to warm it up, dont put too much pressure to remove it as you could break off the chip (Happenned to a friend)
I would imagine the chip MUST have been weakened by either too high temps or something like that, it seems hard to believe the rubbish thermal tape will stick hard enough for the chip to break off. Anyway; still a good idea not to apply too much force
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