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Been running a couple of Intel BurnTest's on my computer and out of the sudden I can smell some nasty burning smell coming from towards my computer.

What could this be?
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It could be your motherboard, your neighbour, or why not a bird hiding inside your PSU?

Only you can find out, by smelling yourself to the source perhaps.

Feels like Ive said "Only you can find out" before, hmm lachen.gif
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Rather than asking here, how about you stop that IBT and have a look inside your PC to see what's smoking?
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Originally Posted by Nikkopo;12717417 
It could be your motherboard, your neighbour, or why not a bird hiding inside your PSU?

Only you can find out, by smelling yourself to the source perhaps.

Feels like Ive said "Only you can find out" before, hmm lachen.gif

The PSU is fine, no smell from there, but it's coming from towards my MOSFET's area
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Careful about going around sniffing stuff, it could be toxic.
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Or they could blow at your face if you dont turn your pc off quick.
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post #7 of 20
Check the seating of the MOSFET heatsink. Make sure it's on there tight.

Having a loose heatsink would be worse than having none, as at that point there would really be absolutely no way at all for MOSFET heat to radiate.
post #8 of 20
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Think my motherboard highly dislikes me, before it started giving off this awfull smell, I was talking to my Fiance about getting the Crosshair IV Formula board XD

The burning smell has now stopped, and I'm wondering to start IBT again to see if it will happen again.

Any risk of damageing my CPU if the MOSFET's were to blow?
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post #9 of 20
Probably not. Very unusual for a quality 8+2 to show signs of failure, especially heatsinked.
I'd check the heatsink tightness right now and push it in a bit.
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Originally Posted by Atomfix;12717440 
The PSU is fine, no smell from there, but it's coming from towards my MOSFET's area

I was being sarcastic towards your unnecessary topics lol
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