Originally Posted by c0rr0sive
The amount of wattage a board uses is rather minimal... The issue your having isn't power draw, but the fact the CPU is overheating... Did you get the heatsink installed properly? Is the thermal sensors on the motherboard reading right? Do you have the proper heatsink on it? Have you tried to repaste the heatsink to see if you did a bad paste job the first time around?
Thanks for your reply. I believe I did install the heatsink properly...but I did need to modify it by milling 5/8" off the top. I am not sure if the MB sensors are working correctly. Both HW Monitor and SIW are consistently showing 60-80c when the metal building heats up to the 90's or 100's F.
I have not attempted to repaste the HS simply because I always install the HS with the thermal paste the same way and have never had an issue even after building many, many computers over the years.
I am thinking that if I must remove the heatsink, then I will probably move everything over to a HAF case with a much better CPU cooler.
Here is my present set up that is consistently overheating:
Cooler Master Elite 120 ITX Case
G.Skil RAM DDR3 1600MhZ 8GB
2-Scythe Gentle Typhoon fans
Modified ARCTIC COOLING CPU Cooler [shaved 5/8" off the top]
Seasonic SS-660XP2 Platinum
Intel 160GB SSD
WD 3TB Red
Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
Originally Posted by PP Mguire
Being a mITX rig it's probably not getting proper airflow. That's not the motherboards fault.
I did install extra fans [two extra 120mm fans] for cooling, but still the same problem.
I too am beginning to wonder if it is the small form factor of the case...