When I first got it I put it together (have fair amount of experience putting these together) and I could only get it to boot for a few seconds. That is I could get the mobo to show the Gigabyte logo and maybe go into bios. I even could get it to start the first 10 secs of Windows installation.
However, then it would freeze. I couldn't even restart and go to bios without letting it sit for a couple of minutes.
After doing this I could touch the northbridge and it was so hot It would burn me. I tried different combinations of the ram (different slots, only one stick, then only the other) But still nothing.
I made absolutely sure the processor was being cooled and checked its temp that was in the 30's idle (its around 80F in my house)
I have no other processor to check it against for now and I don't have another video-card.
Why would a bad processor keep me from going into bios though?
HELP I've already sent in the mobo once and gotten a new one and I'm having the same issues. How can I tell what the problem is so I RMA the part quickly.
Here is an update. I called tech support for the motherboard and they suggested I up the voltage for the ram.
So I upped the voltage .2v and VOILA! boots and its stable.
HOWEVER the Northbridge is STILL HOT AS HELL. I left it on 2 hours and when I came back I had a blue screen and the northbridge was so no it slid in place, burned my finger when I touched it and was melting the plastic holders...
THIS CAN't be normal, but its the second mobo that does this.
Why does such expensive ram need extra voltage to run right without any clocking done to it?
Why is the northbridge so hot? I have a fan in front of it now just to run the machine now. I am seriously thinking about sending it back and just getting an asus or something.
P.S. Checked my Northbridge temps... the easytune software says 192 C and thats with a small fan blowing on it.
I think I'm going to send this motherboard in for aAsus P5WD2 board. I know its more expensive but I rather have a cool running chipset