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Okay so this is my first computer build and Im looking to get the best I can get I guess. Ive heard a lot of fantastic things about this board and Im a big fan of Asus. But with all the talk about the northbridge overheating im a little worried. I mean ive never put a computer together before but Im not an idiot. Im pretty confident that I can do it with no issues, as technology is my passion. What I want to know is, have they fixed the nb issue? If not does this affect every crosshair board or just a few out of a batch. Also how simple is it to fix this problem? Seeing how Im not that experienced im a little worried, but all the things ive seen on how to repair it seem fairly simple. If you could pour all of your info on this board its issues and repairs in detail.

Or should I just go with the MSI board which I can get for 40 dollars cheaper?
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Provided you keep your computer properly cooled you'll have no problems.

I have an Asus Crosshair IV in my system and thers nothing wrong with it atall. I do have seperet cooling for my CPu, its a bit much but its a push pull setup.

The only chance of the NB overheating is if your CPU isint properly cooled, so invest in a good aftermarket cooler such as a Corsair Hydro or somthing similar.

So overall, the Asus Crosshair IV is fine, the problem is the users, not the haedware(In my opinyon).
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I have read in to this a lot as well as I just purchased the board yesterday myself. It seems that at stock CPU speeds so long as there is decent case air flow there is no real issue.

The issue arises when users decide to crank up the CPU without proper cooling on it and the heat being emitted from the CPU affects the north bridge. A lot of air coolers will cool your north bridge as well. Take the silver arrow or nh-d14 for example. The fans on both go further down than the fins on the heatsink, meaning they are pushing air over your north bridge as well.

Water coolers just keep your CPU cool and a cool cpu = a happy cpu and on this board a cool and happy cpu = a cool and happy mobo chipset

Long story short, at stock settings you do not have an issue. With a stock cooler if you decide to use the auto oc feture or manually oc your chip and it starts to run hot, you may have a issue.

Stock Cooling + Stock CPU = Fine
Stock Cooling + OC CPU = Bad
AM Cooling + Stock/OC CPU = Fine

Hope this helped.
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the fix is quite simple and relatively cheap.

all you need is a philips head screw driver.

flip the motherboard over.


unscrew the heat sink mounts. remove the heat sink and look at where the heatsink meets the northbridge and south bridge.

apply non conductive thermal paste on where it NB chip meets the heat sink.

reapply the heat sink and mount it on the holes. and screw back on the mounts.

there are plenty of guides out there. Read up to avoid confusion.

enjoy your new motherboard.
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Did some more searching on this issue just now.

The main issue which affects a small portion of the motherboards is that the heatsink for the north bridge does not make proper contact with the chipset itself.

To find out if your mobo is defective or not, just check the temps in bios. It seems that the defective ones will idle at 40-50C. If you do have one, you have 1 of 2 options.

RMA it and have them send you a new one, or the option decribed above. Take off the heatsinks, clean off the thermal compound that was pre applied, re apply new compound and reset the heat sinks.

Removing the heatsinks does void your warranty, but it seems that nobody ever has issues outside of this with this particular board so voiding the warranty on it does not seem to be a huge issue.
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post #6 of 17
As far as I know, they fixed this problem anyways. But that MSI board has bee known to catch fire, lol. Go with the Crosshair IV. Besides if anything does go wrong it'll be under warranty. And Asus warranty is excellent.
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Removing the heatsinks does void your warranty, but it seems that nobody ever has issues outside of this with this particular board so voiding the warranty on it does not seem to be a huge issue.
asus is aware of the issue, so doing a self fix does not void the warranty. besides there is no way they would know u removed the heatsink unless you did mod it in someway other than prescribed.
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I haven't had any issues with mine at all. In fact even with the 1090T at 4139MHz and under water the NB runs at a max of 43c under load with prime95. Had the results (4013MHz) when it was air cooled with a Scythe Mugen II with push pull GT AP-15's. Nothing better!!!! You'll like it I'm sure.
 
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The Crosshair IV Formula is awesome! Probably one of the best boards I have EVER had!
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Well, im getting a CPU cooler now that way it will help the north bridge a little just in case. Is there any suggestions? I want to keep the cooler under 70 dollars and with no led colors. Unless its green.
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