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If my micro atx board is rated for 125 watt tdp, and my processor being 125 watts, does this mean there is no room for me to overclock at all? My Hyper 212+ should be here in a day or two. Even if I can't overclock, I do need better cooling.
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You could OC, but you should be pretty careful not to toast the motherboard. You should provide good cooling to the VRMs, and unfortunately tower coolers don't help. You'd need a fan to blow cold air onto the VRM (between the CPU & backplate i/o) as they are sized for 125W and going over could overheat them.
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i see on the motherboard you have has no VRM heatsinks. it would be highly recommended if you put some on there before you start overclocking. something like these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835708012
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Do not OC on the TA890GXB HD.... the 3+1 phase would not be capable of any OC whatsoever. I don't even recommend you run a 125W processor on that in the first place, despite any official rating.

The Hyper 212+ would make it worse as you would be removing all cooling from the VRMs and deviating from the official 125W TDP rating. Plus you'd be taking a big risk considering this is an unheatsinked 3+1 power phase on a 125W. If you put this cooler on, underclock and undervolt. At least 70% of all VRM failures I have found so far (see: my article, in sig) have used cooling other than stock that does not blow onto VRMs.
Edited by xd_1771 - 3/7/11 at 8:10am
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Use the enzotech VRM coolers and add a CoolerMaster Excaliber 120mm fan as your exhaust fan on your Hyper 212+.The halo frame allows some air to blow down on the VRM's.

Edited by Redwoodz - 3/7/11 at 8:18am
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post #6 of 6
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Wow, that is some good info. Thanks for keeping me from frying my board which exactly what sounds like I was about to do. +rep!!
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