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How to solve VRM heating problem on MSI 970A-G43?

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August 16, 2013 12:18:14 PM

I recently purchased everything I need for my second build but after a bit more research, it has come to my attention that my motherboard does not have any heatsinks attached to the VRM and that people have had some heating issues with it. I really don't want to go through the trouble of returning it and getting a new one and if I did do that, it would cost me a couple more dollars to ship it back and getting a better motherboard would set me back another 15 or so dollars. With this latest build, I tried to maximize performance and I just don't have any money left.

Is there anything that can be done to help dissipate this heat?

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August 16, 2013 12:26:36 PM

try a different MB.
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August 16, 2013 12:44:48 PM

If you are concerned about the heat dissipation of the VRM, but do not want to get another mobo, then you have a number of options:

1. Improve the airflow in your case by adding more fans
2. Get an aftermarket, down-ward blowing CPU heatsink (such as this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...), which will provide addition VRM cooling in addition to the CPU.
3. Get an aftermarket VRM heatsink, something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or a combination of the above.
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August 16, 2013 1:00:06 PM

Would adding a side fan blowing onto the motherboard help or would it disrupt the positive air pressure thing that so many talk about?
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August 16, 2013 1:21:29 PM

thesuperguy said:
Would adding a side fan blowing onto the motherboard help or would it disrupt the positive air pressure thing that so many talk about?

If the side fan has an unobstructed air flow then that should not impede internal case pressure, especially if the fan is getting air from the side of the case. Free software like HWMonitor should be an easy indicator how effective the side fan is at cooling the motherboard (area), just by monitoring the temps with a fan (blowing) on the mobo/VRM and off (no fan).
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