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ASUS A8N32-SLI: Cooling or Power Issue?

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Just trying to see what the cooling folks think.... I attached this message to a post in the motherboards thread, but thought it might deserve its own thread... Question:
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ASUS A8N32-SLI
Opteron 165
eVGA 7800gt
2x512 GSkill Extreme
Running fully Stock, w/ these plugged in: 20pin ATX in 24pin EATX power (no adapter), EZPlug, 12v Rail, and 6pin power to card.
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Alright... the new system is up and running but given the current temp states I'm a little freaked out...


I have the 20pin plugged in (to the 24slot), 12v rail, ezplug, and 6pin on my vid card all plugged in.

I have a Big Typhoon w/ 100cfm fan, AS5+ on, and 4 large fans running to cool the system on this new "cooler" ASUS A8N32-SLI motherboard. Current temps as follows:

CPU 39C IDLE!!!
MB 53C IDLE!!!

I'm assuming that this is due to the current power setup. Should I unplug that EZPlug? Or is it the 20v in the 24 that's causing such high temps? Needless to say I'm shutting this off for now. I should be somewhere in the low 20s and 30s, NOT in the 40s and 50s.

I'll be working on my laptop for now till you, or I, can figure out what's going on.... In either case the system works but these temps are pretty frightening. OCZ Powerstream and Thermaltech Armor case have been ordered.

Anyone have any idea what could be the problem? Or am I right on target?

Thanks in Advance,
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The EZ plug is only needed if you are running sli. It supplies additional power to the pci-e slots. I would get the 20-24 pin adaptor or a psu with a 24 pin plug. I don't think it will help temps...but stability.
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Yeah, the 20 pin plug won't cause the temps, but I'd really recommend a native 24 pin psu for stability.

There was a post like this last week where somebody with this board had very high temps. He emailed Asus and they said that high temps were normal with this board. Not sure if it's a faulty sensor or whether the temps are correct, but it seems to be an issue with these boards
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High temps being normal is one thing... but 53C on the chipset? That just seems outrageous. Plus this 8phase power setup is supposed to run COOLER than most boards. The red flags went flyin.

I'll try unpluging the EZPlug and seeing what happens, but could that really be what's causing the heat issues on both the cpu and chipset?

Also, ASUS includes a small fan for one of the chipset heatsinks and says to put it on for any type of passive cooling (water, etc...). I'm using a big typhoon which obviously sits higher in the case than a regular cpu cooler which would blow air right across the chipset... Should I put the chipset cooler on? I guess it doesn't hurt to give it a try.

I'm just at a loss as to what the issue could be. I can't imagine the board is damaged and it would only affect the temps? I have windows booted and all drivers installed w/no errors.
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