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Ok I may be posting this in the wrong forum but I think it falls within "general". Anyway, I'm in the process of overclocking my PC. I've listed all of my components below. The problem is that ever since I started overclocking this thing, the chipset temperatures have risen gradually from 30-32 idle all the way to the current 37-38 while idle. I realize this is a potential "Well ya fool youre overclocking of course your temperatures will go up" question, but what confuses me is that my roommate is using essentially the same motherboard as me but he gets no change in his chipset temps when overclocking. Any thoughts? Thanks

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post #2 of 11
Well in my experience your chipset may be runnigg rather warm if your chipset heatsink isnt seated properly on your chipset or if the thermal compound has worn awa abit as thats also possible..Other than that im not all to sure my friend had this problem at one point but found that his board was faulty but i doubt that is the case here.

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Well, maybe it has to do with the wire management within the case. Believe it or not the way the wires are placed affects temperatures. Try seeing if you can arrange the wires inside of your case to maximize airflow. Also, maybe your friend did not raise his voltage as much as you did?
Have you cleaned the HS/F lately? could be a dust biuld up. You could try to reseat the HS too as ENTERPRISE1701 stated. I'm pretty sure 38 alright for a chipset.
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well the thing about it is this motherboard has a passive heat pipe cooler for the chipset. It's the premium version of the A8N-SLI deluxe which has a fan (and a monstrously loud one at that). Here is a picture of my case with the mobo in it and everything. the wires look like a mess in this shot but i took it right after build so I have them placed differently now and it seems like i get decent airflow but i will have to check into that. i would post a current picture but i do not own a digital camera. i had to jack my g/f's camera to take the pictures of it after the build. the only change i've made other than moving the wiring around a bit since this picture was taken is that i moved the hard disk down a slot. I'm thinking though of switching my top fan to be an exhaust fan rather than an intake to see if that may help.

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post #5 of 11
Well for the best airflow for that case i would have your 120mm fan at the back as an exhaust and the front ones as intake..If you have a fan on top of the case that should also be a an exhaust as hot air rises so it will get rid of that heat.
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thats how i have it set up...except for the top one of course and i dont have time to fool with that at the moment. i'll change it out in the morning.
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post #7 of 11
Since the chip set cooler is connected to the mosfet via heat pipe. it gives extra heat to the chip set. The best thing u can do is add a fan to the chipset cooler.
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post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by shortfuse
Since the chip set cooler is connected to the mosfet via heat pipe. it gives extra heat to the chip set. The best thing u can do is add a fan to the chipset cooler.
Yep a fan on the chipset is your best option
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post #9 of 11
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I guess my question is - is it normal for the chipset temps to increase with an overclock? Like I said it originally ran extremely cool and also my friend has overclocked an opteron 148 to 2.7ghz and his chipset temps never change.
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post #10 of 11
There is no need to worry about those temps. They are perfectly fine. The chipset is rated at 100C.
     
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