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Well I bought this Motherboard.. Link

And after I assembled it, I started getting my first instability issues EVER with Vista x64. I thought... well every few installs is a sucky one...

Then I realized my past two mobos had copper heatsinks on their SB/NB and a heat pipe running between them (had a DFI P35 T2RL, and Asus Hollywood Trio)

This is a great board, fast and great... but I opened my case and...

1) Ram is screaming hot... (burned index finger)
2) Southbridge Aluminum HS pretty hot (burned my middle finger here)
3) Northbridge not so cool either (not bad enough to burn my other index finger though...

My Case is the Gigabyte Aurora 570i, and it kicks tail. I have a 120mm fan in the bottom front, two 120mm fans in the standard exhaust positions... and an 8800GTX slicing the airflow of the case in two. The 8800 Fan is directly above the SB so It shouldn't be so hot... Also, all my slots are full... TV Tuner, eSata (just a pass through plate), D-Link N-Wifi card, Razer AC-1 Sound, 8800GTX.

What is the best way to fix this problem? Should I re thermal paste the tho culprits? Jack the copper heatsinks from the fried ASUS board?

I am willing to pay for a solution (newegg), but I don't want to wait for a fix to arrive in the mail... help?

Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 11
I would get a small fan to blow directly on each of them. Antec spot cool fans work great, and you usually can find them a Best buy.
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post #3 of 11
If the NB and SB are that hot, you might consider after market cooling. You could start small with some like a pair of these, but I use a pair of TT Extreme Spirit II coolers because my boards chipsets get notoriously hot.
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post #4 of 11
Have you checked your BIOS to see whether the values for RAM, SB and NB voltage are set too high?
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post #5 of 11
This one is a bit more expensive than the one that GoneTomorrow suggested, but it should do a better job i think. If you're going to punch in more $ than take this one (couldnt find it on newegg tho)
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post #6 of 11
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Thanks. I will add some fans and undervolt the mofo's if possible.

I found a pair of the NB. SB coolers that Sharpy recommended. I want this PC to last until we have stable DX11 Cards and octocore (or just nehalem quad, but probably octo), so a little $ invested here in reusable chipset coolers is $ well spent, that I may get back in value very quickly.

TY
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post #7 of 11
If you undervolt you will lose stability. If you have active cooling there should be nothing to worry about. But on stock settings you don't have to worry about any temps.

Heatsinks get hot to touch. That's what they're there for. Otherwise you would have hotter chips and we don't want that.
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post #8 of 11
What the heck are you running your ram at that it would be screaming hot? Ram rarely if ever overheats
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post #9 of 11
Well what I do for my motherboard is use a 120mm fan over my ram and an hr-05 on my northbridge. For my southbridge I use an Enzotech SLF-1, those should end all your problems.
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Originally Posted by yomama9388 View Post
Well what I do for my motherboard is use a 120mm fan over my ram and an hr-05 on my northbridge. For my southbridge I use an Enzotech SLF-1, those should end all your problems.
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