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post #11 of 22
Really depends on your chipset temps prior to water blocks. My northbridge temps were 33c max on stock passive heatsink on my MSI 790fx. I've dropped them to 25-26c by replacing the gummy thermal paste w/ AS5. So in my case water blocks would be a complete waste of money.

However, you are running an intel system and you chipsets may get way hotter than AMD chipsets (which do practically nothing intensive these days)
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post #12 of 22
as everyone is saying. its about your temps

if you chipset is getting really hot after 20-30 minutes, you can touch the heat sync and tell. if its uncomfortable to the touch its to hot

in that case water blocks will do wonders
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post #14 of 22
If you can spend a lot of mulla on a mb, why not
post #15 of 22
Like others have said it depends on how hot it gets. I think for the most part, outside of extreme overclocking on epic boards, most modern boards are fine, even with a decent overclock as long as you got some air blowing on it.

I know for my Mobo if I don't have air blowing on the NB it will get up to 50C, just idling; I have no clue what it would get to if I actually did something intensive.

If I turn the fans on, regardless of what I'm doing it never gets above 41C, and usually sits at around 32C. (With 19C ambient temperature)
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Originally Posted by wermad View Post
If you can spend a lot of mulla on a mb, why not
completly agreed here, i think it allows for better temps inside the case cause you iliminate a heat unit that potentioaly increases temps of overthing around it, and look looks dam good on mobo
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post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by Skripka View Post
The UD9 does-but the mounting is an utter fail on Gigabyte's part. The interface between water block and NB is not metal-to-metal or TIM...it is a series of air baffles resulting in utter crap thermal conductivity.
Does this depend of the release version of UD9 mobo?

Thanks for the tips guys. One quick noobie question: what software do you use to measure NB and SB temp?
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post #18 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Skripka View Post
The UD9 does-but the mounting is an utter fail on Gigabyte's part. The interface between water block and NB is not metal-to-metal or TIM...it is a series of air baffles resulting in utter crap thermal conductivity.
Thought it might be.

Ah well, it's worth it for some boards, not for others. If you're doing EXTREME overclocking then I'd get it.
post #19 of 22
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Thought it might be.

Ah well, it's worth it for some boards, not for others. If you're doing EXTREME overclocking then I'd get it.
I agree.
And didn't Gigabyte had some problems previously with their stock water coolers?
I am sure I have heard of some corrosion issues due to aluminum use in cooler.
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post #20 of 22
Quote:
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Does this depend of the release version of UD9 mobo?

Thanks for the tips guys. One quick noobie question: what software do you use to measure NB and SB temp?
If HW monitor doesn't have it then you probably don't have sensor for it.
http://download.cnet.com/HWMonitor/3...-10793486.html

You might try Everest if that doesn't work, but no guarantees.
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