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Thread: GA-970A-D3 Northbridge temps hitting 80 degrees? tell me this isn't normal.




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    Exclamation GA-970A-D3 Northbridge temps hitting 80 degrees? tell me this isn't normal.

    this MB has a passive heatsink, I just bought it yesterday, here are the system specs

    MB: GA-970A-D3 Bios F10 (out of the box)
    CPU: Phenom II X4 955BE
    OS: Intel 330 SSD 120GB
    RAM: 4GB Gskill 1600Mhz (F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL)
    PSU: currently my 750W but the end user has a 350W which should be more than enough for this system as it's only expected to use 110-150W

    Everything is stock except the memory ratio is bumped up to 8x to get the memory running at 1600Mhz. I did load optimized defaults before starting anything. Drivers I used were from the CD, I will be updating them in the next day or so.

    CPU Temps are 30 Degrees, System Temps are also 30 degrees, I'm using HWMonitor and ET6 for reading my temps. Temp#0 and 1 match up to ET6, but it's Temp#2 that is reading very high. I used my Fluke52 II to read the heatsink temp and it wasn't much lower so this temp is accurate and not a false reading.

    This system isn't going to belong to me so I need to know is this is expected or if I should return this MB for another one.

    Let me know is you need any other details.

    Vin
    Last edited by Vinster; 10-02-2012 at 01:53 AM. Reason: wrong Bios Version out of the box...F10 is installed not F13
    Main Rig
    OS = Win8.1
    CPU = i7-980X @ 4.17Ghz 144x29 cooled by custom Loop
    Mem = 12GB 2000Mhz corsair Dominator GT at 2010Mhz @ 9-10-9-27-2T
    MB = Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 v1.0 with F6 Bios - Dead Board
    MB = EVGA X58 Classified3 e770
    GPU = 2x Sapphire r9 290x in xfire
    HD = 2x Toshiba 120GB Raid 0 (580MB Read/140MB Write)
    Storage = 2TB WD Black
    PSU = EVGA SuperNOVA 1300w
    Case = Cooler Master HAF-X 945

    HTPC / Home Server
    OS = Win7 64Bit running XBMC HTPC Front end with Windows Server 2011 Virtual Machine with 8GB ram assigned for homer server with exchange
    CPU = AMD 1090T
    Mem = 16GB 1600Mhz Kingston RED Limited Edition running at 1600Mhz
    MB = Gigabyte 790FXTA-UD5
    GPU- EVGA GT210
    HD = too many to count, but about 5TB of storage all together including backup
    PSU = Corsair TX750
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    Default Re: GA-970A-D3 Northbridge temps hitting 80 degrees? tell me this isn't normal.

    Over 100 views and not a thought? The system seems to be running OK. I'm worried about the long term usage of this system. it will be powered on 24/7.

    Vin
    Main Rig
    OS = Win8.1
    CPU = i7-980X @ 4.17Ghz 144x29 cooled by custom Loop
    Mem = 12GB 2000Mhz corsair Dominator GT at 2010Mhz @ 9-10-9-27-2T
    MB = Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 v1.0 with F6 Bios - Dead Board
    MB = EVGA X58 Classified3 e770
    GPU = 2x Sapphire r9 290x in xfire
    HD = 2x Toshiba 120GB Raid 0 (580MB Read/140MB Write)
    Storage = 2TB WD Black
    PSU = EVGA SuperNOVA 1300w
    Case = Cooler Master HAF-X 945

    HTPC / Home Server
    OS = Win7 64Bit running XBMC HTPC Front end with Windows Server 2011 Virtual Machine with 8GB ram assigned for homer server with exchange
    CPU = AMD 1090T
    Mem = 16GB 1600Mhz Kingston RED Limited Edition running at 1600Mhz
    MB = Gigabyte 790FXTA-UD5
    GPU- EVGA GT210
    HD = too many to count, but about 5TB of storage all together including backup
    PSU = Corsair TX750
    Case = Too embarrassed to mention.

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    Default Re: GA-970A-D3 Northbridge temps hitting 80 degrees? tell me this isn't normal.

    Yes that is normal. AMD Northbridge chipsets are normally hot based on my experience. Other chipsets with an integrated graphics are even hotter.

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    Default Re: GA-970A-D3 Northbridge temps hitting 80 degrees? tell me this isn't normal.

    Ok, I think I'll install a small fan over it to make sure there is a constant airflow over it. I have a few AMD systems (790 and 890 chipsets) and neither of them had a hot northbridge like this.

    Vin
    Main Rig
    OS = Win8.1
    CPU = i7-980X @ 4.17Ghz 144x29 cooled by custom Loop
    Mem = 12GB 2000Mhz corsair Dominator GT at 2010Mhz @ 9-10-9-27-2T
    MB = Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 v1.0 with F6 Bios - Dead Board
    MB = EVGA X58 Classified3 e770
    GPU = 2x Sapphire r9 290x in xfire
    HD = 2x Toshiba 120GB Raid 0 (580MB Read/140MB Write)
    Storage = 2TB WD Black
    PSU = EVGA SuperNOVA 1300w
    Case = Cooler Master HAF-X 945

    HTPC / Home Server
    OS = Win7 64Bit running XBMC HTPC Front end with Windows Server 2011 Virtual Machine with 8GB ram assigned for homer server with exchange
    CPU = AMD 1090T
    Mem = 16GB 1600Mhz Kingston RED Limited Edition running at 1600Mhz
    MB = Gigabyte 790FXTA-UD5
    GPU- EVGA GT210
    HD = too many to count, but about 5TB of storage all together including backup
    PSU = Corsair TX750
    Case = Too embarrassed to mention.

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    najiro is offline Junior Member
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    Default Re: GA-970A-D3 Northbridge temps hitting 80 degrees? tell me this isn't normal.

    Had a motherboard with 880G chipset northbridge before. Touched it just after turning off the unit, it was unbearably hot. Around 70C+ I guess. Some do mod the heatsink and place a fan or totally replace the heatsink with an aftermarket cooler like the one below.

    Deepcool BQ-N07 North Bridge Chipset Cooler SF-BQN07

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