Originally Posted by LostKauz
what does "OC with Cooling" mean? my brother has a 970a-D3 r1.4 which has the vrm heatsink and we are having issues. hes on water as well. Trying to overclock a FX-8120 even 1 ghz is unstable and his temps are amazing even at high voltage.
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basically our issue is when running prime we see throttling on the cpu after it runs for a little bit.
By that it means that the VRMs must be actively cooled with a spare fan instead of running passively. Its the same thing with my current AMD rig. It'll overclock pretty well, but the VRMs must be kept cool with an active fan blowing on them.
The best way for you to do it is to get a fairly small PWM fan and run it off the CPU fan header, with the fan itself set to blow over the VRM heatsink. Yes, it'll look ugly, but it will get the job done quite effectively. The Antec Spotcool if you can find one is also an effective solution.