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So, I'm in the mood to upgrade things, as I've just bought a slew of new parts (waiting for my case to arrive before I install stuff, should be a week or so), and I'm looking into a new motherboard because:
One of the small things I did install was a new northbridge fan, as the fan on my 750i FTW is ungodly loud. Installed it, hurray! Much less sound, and temps are the same. The faulty 100*C that HWMonitor and anything else gives me.
Just for giggles, I touched the heatsink... turns out it might not be faulty. Feels very similar to the heatpipes of my 480 under load (about 90*C).
I'm no expert, but things should have stopped working with a NB that hot. Anyhow, I'm thinking on getting a new motherboard if this temperature problem is a problem. It would certainly explain why I can't seem to get past 3.4GHz stable no matter what I try.
I'm looking for a socket 775 motherboard, probably Asus or Gigabyte. I don't know what the differences are, so I could use some help. I'm looking for one that's stable, has at least six SATA ports, is reliable and has good - preferrably passive - cooling. I don't care so much about PCI-E slots.
I wouldn't exactly recommend running a north bridge at 100C, but from what ive been told they can withstand higher temps than a processor.
any chance you could give a full rundown of the parts your rig is using ATM?
NZXT Tempest Intel QX9650 2x2GB OCZ RAM 800 5-5-5-15-2T (Loosened up to see if it would help) GTX 480 EVGA 750i FTW
And yeah, NBs can run hotter than processors, meaning around maybe 70, being really hot, but I don't think 100 is a safe IDLE temperature.
(I'm trying to find information on the motherboard) looks like other people have similar happenings with this board... are you sure it's really that hot? There are tools that can check the (surface) temperature of it.
(I know im ignoring the find a new one thing lol)
Perhaps you could do something inprecise and dumb sounding like take a piece of dry ice and hold it to it.(lol, im kidding)
(I hate to say this)
Newegg.com - ASUS P5G41C-M LX LGA 775 Intel G41 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard and Newegg.com - SYBA SD-SATA-4P PCI SATA Controller Card for the extra SATA you want? (Total of 8, mobo only has 4)
Meh, as for performance, most of my research is into AMD processors and motherboards - I cant tell you if that mobo is going to work "better" than your current one. but it looks like it might.
I will recommend the Gigabyte EP45-UD3R.
Its the one i used with my 775 rig. Fully passive cooling which doesn't get hot (hottest i even seen it was maybe 45C). I ran it with my Q9450 and had it rock solid stable at 3.9Ghz, and up to 4.2-ish for benching. Mine didn't need any more FSB volts until it started getting close to 500 either. You should be able to find one pretty cheap somewhere, most likely used, as i believe Gigabyte has discontinued them now.
The only downside of the UD3R is its single PCIe, so no SLI or CF, if that might matter to you. I believe the UD3P IIRC is the same board with 2x PCIe.
How are these in terms of reliability? I'm a little weary of earlier Asus boards.
I'm still looking for the Gigabyte board, but it looks like it'll be hard to find.
Edit: I should mention that for my first build, almost all of my information was got from the SLI-Zone forums, so I know almost nothing about boards that aren't nForce. About the only thing I know is that the difference between P45 and X48 is CF support.
I take what n0e says way too seriously
20th November 2007
What form-factor are you looking for? mATX or ATX?
I myself dont trust gigabyte :/ I got my graphics card from them with a $20 rebate... well it's what the ad said id get but i didn't.