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Hi Guys,

I was wondering about watercooling motherboards

I have noticed that when I disable the Northebridge fans on my Rampage III Extreme and start gaming (stock) after 10min I cant keep my hand on it for long (15sec)

Now I have not tryed this with the rig clocked (just leave fand to run)

Also in BIOS there is and Xtreme phase mode thing (dont worry I have not enables it) but I have heard that if you do it gives you much better clocks but with ALOT more heat.

What do you guys think?

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For the most part, water cooling mother boards is mainly for the eye candy. It usually will not help with over clocks, not to mention it adds a lot of restriction to the loop.
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While bl1nk may be generally right, us R3E owners know that the NB on these boards can have heat issues even with the NB fan/heatsink installed.

Most find good results replacing the TIM underneath the lower heatsink. While you are at it, you should replace the thermal pad on the SB as well. Asus is notorious for using crap TIM and thermal pads on their enthusiast boards.

My new R3E was hitting 70C with the stock heatsink and about 65C with the upgraded fan/heatsink.

I gave up on air solutions and decided to just get a waterblock for it. Now it never gets any higher than 30C.
    
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I don't know. As long as your system has decent air circulation, there shouldn't be that much of an issue.

Without a fan blowing cool air at the SB/NB, my chips were at around the 50c constantly, and with a fan it was getting down to 40c.
This is on air, after replacing the TIM on the low profile heatsink for MX-2. With the large one with the fan, there wasn't much of a change.

I'm rebuilding my system and going back to the R3E, and I'm not putting it under water. Restriction wise and benefit wise, I don't see much benefit except for looks, so its not worth it.
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Yes...the R3E boards do get hot.. I see post all over saying no need to cool the MOBO because they don't get hot.. The R3E gets HOT. I had a shutdown due to IOH temp. hitting 100. It is a known fact they get hot.. The would not ship a separate heatsink w/ fan if they didn't.

Even with the larger heatsink w/ fan it does not make good contact with the chip, even with it screwed as tight as you dare to get it. If you watch your temps in the BIOS and push down on it, the temps will drop a bit. But 75-80 is still to warm for me.

You should take off the yellow bubble gum that they use and put a good TIM on it, but I found watercooling it was the best way to cool this board down..

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If your IOH gets to 100c, its RMA time.
There is no reason the IOH to even reach 70 if you have decent cooling.

Put 3 470s which run as hot as hell on an air-cooled R3E with the low heatsink, and the IOH reach just 60c thanks decent air cooling in the case.

Even skinee showed on his cooling review for this motherboard, that the IOH does not get very hot even at stock cooling.

My current setup with a water-cooled UD9, shows the IOH and ICH at 30c, and they never move from it. Even on heavy load. Maybe 1-2c as the water gets hotter a bit.

If you have something which blocks air from the motherboard area, like most cases were there is no fan blowing air at that area, but you only relay on the CPU cooler, your chips might get hot.
Also the chips little fan is a joke. Its a crappy fan anyhow. Its just a gimick.
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This is what I've done, it helps a bit:

    
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And another suggestion would be to add a memory fan to help with the airflow in the NB region...that's if you have the space.
    
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