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Thread: GA X58a-UD3R, Temperatures, Features and such, need advice.




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    Hi, a couple of weeks ago, I bought this motherboard, along with an i7 920 D0, and some cheap A-Data RAM, just to get it working.

    what worries me, is the motherboard temperatures, and some features.

    -CPU temperature with stock settings.
    I'm using a Vigor Monsoon III LT Cooler, Core Temperatures (according to CoreTemp) can go all the way to 70, but CPU sensor reports 60 or so.
    Shouldn't the cooler be doing a better job?

    -Northbridge temperature (according to sensor, Everest, HWmonitor Pro, and by touching it after turning it off)
    Feels way too hot! starts at 50 and can go more than 63 Celsius. I've tried to find information about this temperatures, and I found some people reporting 40 or so in this place, is my Motherboard Defective?

    -I've read in the manual, that this motherboard features sensors near the NB, and some other places, to indicate how hot that area is. CPU sometimes turned those LEDs on (because temperatureas going above 60), but I've never seen the NB LEDs do anything, in fact, I don't see them there. Is this normal?

    -As a previous Gigabyte Motherboard owner, I'm familiar with Easy-Tune, and in the HW Monitor tab, I only see the CPU temperature sensor, not the System sensor, which is supposed to be case, or something, does this particular motherboard lack these sensors?

    Some workaround I've been using so far is reducing the core voltage, to 1.106 or so, that way the computer runs cooler, but not the NB.

    I also re-arranged my fans in the case (CoolerMaster 690). And placed a fan behind the motherboard (as the case has a place for it).

    I've attached some pictures from HWmonitor, to get you an idea. During that time, the computer was mostly just downloading stuff, nothing too heavy, untill the end. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.


    CPU

    Core 0

    Core 1

    Core 2

    Core 3

    Motherboard Temp

    NorthBridge
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    i7 920 D0 (Stock)
    Vigor Monsoon III LT CPU Cooler
    x58a-UD3R (rev: 1.0) using F6c BIOS
    2x2GB A-Data 1333 DDR3
    600w CoolerMaster Extreme PSU
    CoolerMaster 690 Case
    ATI Radeon 4850
    Win7 x64

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    Default Re: GA X58a-UD3R, Temperatures, Features and such, need advice.

    CPU temp is not what you need to worry about, you need to only watch the Core temps.

    Is this at stock speeds/voltages? What are you putting it under load with?

    Motherboard/System temp is a sensor located close to the IOH in the PCB. If you use Everest you should have a northbridge sensor readout, I see you posted one above so it may be the same one.

    NB on X58 is very warm, even at stock voltages. 100C is Intel's posted limit, average temps I see around the web are 38-55 or so, depending on cooling such as fans added to NB, or the UD5 and above have a larger heatpipe, some also redo the thermal paste under the NB.

    If you are concerned you can redo the paste, or add a fan directly over or beside it and that will help. LED's only go up when it gets past 60C I think, or when you use higher voltages on the IOH such as 1.8+

    I am not sure about that cooler, have you read good reviews on it that used an i7 for the review? If those are idle temps, stock voltages and speed, and no load above you may need a better cooler

    Check with Everest Ultimate and see if temps look the same in that, I know some programs do not read X58A sensors correctly yet, but the latest Everest does for sure.

    You can get a trial of it here
    http://forums.tweaktown.com/f69/late...y-tools-30530/

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    Default Re: GA X58a-UD3R, Temperatures, Features and such, need advice.

    Thanks for the quick reply Lsdmeasap,

    I'll pay more attention to the Core Temperatures instead.

    I used stock voltages, Optimized default settings, to measure the temperature in a whole day of activity, right now I'm using a lower vCore voltage.

    The most Intensive program I use, might be some Games (Team Fortress 2, Crysis) some tests benchmarks (Sandra 2010), Handbrake to convert some videos, or just some minutes of Prime95. But in those particular graphs, I was only surfing the web, checking email, listening music, and played a game.

    I guess that my best bet would be either adding a Fan, or changing the thermal paste?
    Any thermal paste would be fine? Like ArticSilver?

    And about the cooler, it was cheap, less than $30, and I read that it was "Ok" for i7. I ran across some articles ok TweakTown, and other sites. But I guess I'll think about an "upgrade" later.
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    i7 920 D0 (Stock)
    Vigor Monsoon III LT CPU Cooler
    x58a-UD3R (rev: 1.0) using F6c BIOS
    2x2GB A-Data 1333 DDR3
    600w CoolerMaster Extreme PSU
    CoolerMaster 690 Case
    ATI Radeon 4850
    Win7 x64

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    Default Re: GA X58a-UD3R, Temperatures, Features and such, need advice.

    I suggest TX-2 Thermal paste, that is what I find works the nicest. MX-2 is pretty good too, but TX-2 is better.

    Arctic Silver is old news, used to be the best but is not for sure anymore.

    Ya, you may want to get a better cooler more suited to i7 and not a "OK" one. As for your NB temp, that is a little warm, you could try adding a 80MM fan over it, or by the memory pointing into the NB heatsink.

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