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May 27, 2013 11:23:07 PM

I messed up. Bought an AMD A10-5800K APU and put it on an ASRock FM2A85X-ITX motherboard, then put that in an Apex MI-008 case.

Turns out that processor heats up to 75c straight off boot in that case, even with a fan installed on the side. Just not enough room for air. And I can't install anything besides the stock heatsink because there isn't room for a backplate on the motherboard.

Do you think downgrading to a 65w APU processor would be enough to fix this? Or am I looking at returning my case and getting a bigger one?
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May 28, 2013 2:39:53 AM

You could try under volting and under clocking but it your getting 75C idle (1C above the max for the chip) you will have to do this in a major way to get the temps down enough.
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May 28, 2013 6:49:47 AM

APUs inherently run very hot.

Downgrading to 65W would solve this, but performance would suffer quite a bit.

The voltage and clock are unlocked, definitely undervolt and underclock for less heat.
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May 28, 2013 11:07:23 AM

elemein said:
APUs inherently run very hot.

Downgrading to 65W would solve this, but performance would suffer quite a bit.

The voltage and clock are unlocked, definitely undervolt and underclock for less heat.


Hm, thanks for the suggestion...never done any undervolting/clocking before, this is my first build on this small a form factor...any advice on how much to knock it down?
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May 28, 2013 12:59:46 PM

Smakian said:
elemein said:
APUs inherently run very hot.

Downgrading to 65W would solve this, but performance would suffer quite a bit.

The voltage and clock are unlocked, definitely undervolt and underclock for less heat.


Hm, thanks for the suggestion...never done any undervolting/clocking before, this is my first build on this small a form factor...any advice on how much to knock it down?


Every CPU differs. Just keep dropping down by about 0.02V increments until your stabiity starts degrading. 0.05V can work too if youre impatient and dont need it as xool as possible.
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May 29, 2013 3:21:35 AM

I am no expert but I would suggest you drop the CPU voltage to around 1V and the clock speed to 2GHz then slowly increase the clock speed until it becomes unstable. Its the other way round to elemein's suggestion but makes more sense in my head anyway. Another consideration is I don't know how much heat the GPU and CPU parts create or if you have similar options to adjust on the GPU side to a dedicated card. There no point droping 5W of CPU heat if the GPU creates 80% of the heat, I personally don't know what creates more heat but underclocking both will obviously be the better option. For more advice I suggest you start a new thread in the overclocking section with a title like "underclocking A10 to reduce heat".
Good luck
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May 31, 2013 12:46:00 PM

Well, after fiddling with undervolting for awhile, I decided to just switch cases to the Cooler Master Elite 120. Same features pretty much in a slightly bigger case with better airflow, hoping that will resolve things.
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