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post #473 of (permalink) Old 10-03-2018, 12:05 PM
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In my opinion, for what it's worth, we need to separate the VRM into two parts: 1) ability to deliver power, and 2) effectiveness of companies' cooling solutions.

As to chips on the motherboard, the taichi uses the exact same components as the Zenith Extreme. You can complain about the 8+4 pin on the taichi, but it shouldn't be an issue outside of extreme over clocking. Now, it may have issues depending on circumstances with the 24 and 32 core chips, but that is more a cooling problem before it is getting power to the VRM.

Now, for cooling solutions, they all suck, just some worse than others. The GB solution seems to have the worst heat dissipation, followed by the taichi. If not for being useless decorative blocks, these companies could have done better. Asus isn't much better in these regards. The MEG creation gets around this by spreading heat to more phases, allowing cooler operation. How I for around this on my taichi is universal water blocks from koolance. With that, my VRM stay roughly between 20-50C, depending on ambient and load, with low 40s being common under load when ambient is in the high 60s F.

But wanted to being up that even well designed VRMs an make a board fall if you don't have proper cooling (hint, hint MB MFRS)!

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