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ASRock Northbridge Hot?

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February 20, 2013 12:07:26 AM

Hey everybody, :hello: 

I just have a quick question. I recently built my new computer, but after letting it idle in BIOS, temperatures started to rise, which is normal of course, but after about an hour or so, I opened the case and felt some of the hardware and components. Everything seemed fine, but the Northbridge was really hot. I could put my hand on it for a second or two, before it started to get hot. Is this normal for a northbridge to get this hot? Escpecially at idle? Should I just try to cool it down a bit, or is it possibly somethin with the board? Thanks for any help and advice! :D 

P.S. I have a ASRock 880G Micro ATX Motherboard

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February 20, 2013 1:16:24 AM

UPDATE: After another diagnostic, I raised my CPU Fan speed level from 4 to 5, which seemed to help slightly. CPU fan is at about 1900 - 2000 RPM. The Northbridge heatsink is still pretty hot, hot enough to produce heat, but I can keep my fingers on it.

At the start, the CPU temp is: 35°C/95°F
M/B temp is: 29°C/85°F

After about an hour, the CPU temp is: 43°C/109°F
M/B temp is: 35°C/95°F

Temperatures are recorded for H/W Monitor in BIOS. System at Idle. My solution is to get a 200mm Cooler Master Computer Case fan, which would be right over the entire MOBO. Do you guys think I can use my system normally the way it is for now, until I get the fan? Is the heatsink suppose to be this hot? Or is this relatively normal? Thanks again!
February 20, 2013 1:40:42 AM

Are you saying that the northbridge doesnt have a big heatsink on it? It should.