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Northbridge feels hot

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December 13, 2012 9:29:45 AM

I have an Asrock Extreme4 z77 mobo, (this is a recently built rig). The Northbridge of it feels quite hot~ 40°C. Is this normal?

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a c 435 V Motherboard
December 13, 2012 10:29:03 AM

Yes. Most of my boards run above 40c for the chipset. If you burn your finger when touching the northbridge, then it's too hot. Check the temps with the hardware monitor section of the bios or asrock software for windows (if available). Asus has good software for it's boards, but I don't know about asrock.
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a c 435 V Motherboard
December 13, 2012 10:29:34 AM

double post.
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a b V Motherboard
December 13, 2012 10:31:00 AM

You can use HWmonitor to see the temp.
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December 13, 2012 10:41:38 AM

Mybe that's cos it is ;) 
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December 14, 2012 3:10:54 AM

o1die said:
Yes. Most of my boards run above 40c for the chipset. If you burn your finger when touching the northbridge, then it's too hot. Check the temps with the hardware monitor section of the bios or asrock software for windows (if available). Asus has good software for it's boards, but I don't know about asrock.


Sorry, I meant the chipset, not the northbridge
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a c 435 V Motherboard
December 14, 2012 11:17:27 AM

Aftermarket heatsinks are available, but honestly, 40c won't hurt your board.
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December 14, 2012 12:57:53 PM

The northbridge is part of your chipset?
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December 14, 2012 8:42:18 PM

o1die said:
Aftermarket heatsinks are available, but honestly, 40c won't hurt your board.


it probably gets hotter during heavy tasks though. I can't find the northbridge/chipset temps either...
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