Typical Motherboard temperature for ASUS

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Hello again!

What is the typical motherboard temperature when the computer is idle or when it is being used? What is the safe range?

Right now, the "Asus Probe" program reports my motherboard temperature as 38C and it gave me a warning.

I have
Intel Q6600 @ 2.4 GHz
2 GB DDR2 RAM
eVGA 8800 GTS 320MB
2 SATA Drives
2 DVD Drives
600 W Power supply
Mobo: ASUS STRIKER EXTREME

Please let me know.

Thanks, I appreciate it!
 

systemlord

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Those Strikers are known to run a bit warm, but I still love them. Just make sure that you have a good PC case like the Antec 900 aka turbine windtunnel.
 

radium02

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Thanks for the quick replies you two.

My CPU temp is at 30C.

What is the normal temperature for a motherboard like mine though?


Yea I love this motherboard! I didn't have to do anything---it booted right up and hasn't given me any problems so far. Vista installed in a synch, no BIOS problems.

I was a little hesitant on purchasing the ASUS Striker Extreme because of all the stories I heard, but at this point, I am so glad I made this purchase! For those of you considering...I definitly recommend it!
 

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I have the striker as well. Here are my specs and the temps (idle and load) as I recall (I havent checked since I installed and tweaked the fans and stuff).

Asus Striker Extreme (bios rev 0910)
Intel E6600 @3.0ghz / 1333 FSB
Corair Dominator TWIN2X2048-6400C3DF
EVGA 8800GTX KO
LIAN LI PC-A16B Black Aluminum ATX
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler
WD Raptor 150
700W power supply

IDLE
cpu = 35
MB (NorthBridge) = 45
GPU = 50

LOAD (like supreme commander at 1920 x 1200)
cpu = 55
MB = 60
GPU = 70

These are ballpark temps, I cant remember 100% accurate right now and I'm @ work so I dont have access to that box right now....

Anyway, the mobo runs a little hot, especially the northbridge (memory controler), if your bumping up you memory voltage, keep a close eye on your temps. You might get lucky and be able to drop your memory voltages a bit depending on your memory and reduce your temps more. I bought an after market fan (http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16835119049) and ziptied it to the northbridge
heatsink fans (its not pretty but it works). Seems to have helped a bit.

You might want to make sure you have at least the 0910 bios update for the mobo as it corrects voltage problems for the memory (some people were frying their memory sticks cause the voltage was reporting incorrectly in the bios).

Hope I didnt go too far off topic. At any rate, I think the temps I stated above are average for this board. I have had no problems and have been running my system since Feb of this year.

Cheers
 

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One more thing. Do NOT mount the motherboard inverted. Some cases have the PSU on the bottom of the case so you have to mount your motherboad upside down. This can cause cooling issues with the heatpipes as they will not "wick" properly. I think this is common with most mobo's that are using lots of heatpipes these days.

I contacted ASUS via email and they stated that mounting inverted is highly discouraged.

Cheers
 

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My NB idles at 38 also, and its barely warm. I know the reason its at 38-42C is because of my massive OC.
 

radium02

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I am sure it's not my CPU temp. Here are the readings I am getting from the ASUS PC Probe program:


POWER SUPPLY (600W)
+3.3---->3.25 V
+5.0---->5.00 V
+12----->11.65 V
1.2VHT----->1.25 V
SBCORE---->1.52 V
CPUVTT---->1.25 V
DDR2 TERM->0.94 V
NB CORE--->1.23 V
MEMORY--->1.87 V

TEMPERATURE
CPU--------->30 C
MB---------->38 C
AMBIENT---->26 C


Do these sound good to you guys? Is there anything in my readings above that may cause a potential problem with any component in my PC?

At the moment, I am not experiencing any problems.

Here is a summary of the parts in my new "rig":
MOBO: Asus Striker Extreme
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @2.4GHz (w/ stock cooling)
MEM: 2x 1 GB OCZ DDR2 Dual Channel 1066Mhz (running @ 800Mhz)
PSU: KingWin 600W ABT 600CW (Modular)
VID: PCI Express eVGA 8800GTS 320MB
HSs: 2x SATA 300GB
IDE: 2x DVD RW/CDRW
 

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Everything looks good but also know that Nvidia mobo's run hotter than Intel mobo's. If theres any way you could install a Ram Fan that will help alot. CoolIt & OCZ sell Ram fams that blows cool air over the Ram & mobo. Plus your running a quad core so its a little harder to keep temps in check. You Shoud be fine now.
 

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Sure it is, if you want to you can run the Ram at 800MHz or 1066 you can with no problem and if you can run at a lower voltage then thats great to. Also whenever you get new Ram aways run a memory test to make sure your not getting any memory errors, I just bought new ram and after I installed it I was getting errors right away not good, I had to RMA that ram right away.


When I first installed my ram it ran at 800MHz so if I wanted to run it at 1066 I had to mannely change it myself, but if you run it at its rated speed of 1066MHz you'll need 2.1 volts. I like to run my ram at 800MHz @3-3-3-8 @2.1v so the ram runs cool, the difference between 800 -1066MHz you won't see a difference unless you going to be Overclocking.
 

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So since my memory is running at lower (800MHz) than the stock FSB (1066MHz), I can decrease the timings to gain some advantage?

Right now, the timings on the RAM is 5-5-5-15 (from EVEREST Memory Latency Benchmark)

If so, would additional cooling be required?

Thanks again systemlord!
 

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Yes you can run your ram timings at 4-4-4-12 easy. If you load CPU-Z goto tab "SPD" you'll see the profiles for your ram, this info means that this is what your ram is designed to run at. Also your ram can many times run beond what the profile says, my ram can do 1200MHz 5-5-5-15 @2.2v it don't say that in the profile. But running at 1200MHz is really going to have to have a ram fan or it will just die an early death. Its a good idea to use a ram fan even if your not overclocking as you can drop ram temps 20C just using a ram fan. You might try running your ram at 3-3-3-8 @800MHz 2.2v but you'll have to run Memtest along with Prime95 to see if its stable and giving you no errors.
 

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I have the P5N32e SLI PLUS, chipsets aside it's essentially the same board, but with fewer caps, and a less complicated heatpipe arrangement. Anyway I get ~35 under normal usage. If I OC my e6400 to 3.5Ghz (as usual) I get much higher temps ~42.

The one thing that I hate about boards now days is that if you want to change your NB cooler you'll have to find something for the Vregs as well and as far as I know unless you want to H20 cool your stuff you're stuck with cutting your pipes(not a good idea), modding something up, or getting something like the HR-09 from Thermalright.
 

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Hey again,

What program do you guys recommend so that I can check the temperatures of my CPU (As well as other areas of the computer)?

I have used the ASUS Probe and SpeedFan programs but I have heard that they are not too accurate or reliable. I also used a program called Core Temp, but they reported temperatures in the 50C's where as my Asus Probe program currently hovers around 29-31C for my Q6600.

What would you guys recommend?

Thanks again for the help.
 

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hi, im pretty new with this hardware. just got the rig built yesterday and just got some bugs worked out today (took out 2 gb out of 4 of my ram cuz im not running 64 bit yet and took out a wireless card that was making me crash like a bad pilot).

my hardware is:
Intel Core 2 Extreme qx6700
Asus Striker Extreme mobo
2 gb Corsair XMS2 DHX Ram (another 2gb stick is out of the case until winxp/vista 64bit are installed)
MSI Geforce 8800Ultra oc'd

and Asus AIBooster and PC Probe 2 are reporting:
CPU temp - 30 - 37 degrees celcius
mb temp - 33 - 34 degrees celcius


this is not under a heavy load, but not really idle either (im currently formatting a partition)

im wondering if this mb temp is dangerous, considering pc probe 2 is telling me its an issue and hilights that particular temp in red

btw, the system has a chassis fan on the front of the case, a water cooling rig with just a water block on the cpu, a MOSFET compliant fan on top of the water block, and a huge fan as part of the radiator mounted on the back of the computer over a grille where there should be an internal chassis fan, but i had to remove it so i could install the radiator.


any thoughts?
 

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so i just realized an issue in my cooling scheme that may adjust someone's suggestion.
the pump/reservoir for my cooling is oriented parallel to the back plate/ perpendicular to the pci cards (if you can figure out what i mean), and its basically exactly in the way of the chassis fan on the front of the case. the cage right between the pump and the fan is icy cool, and i just felt ridiculous heat coming off the gfx card.
i think that's the source of all my mobo heat right there.
 

radium02

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My motherboard is always around 37-41 degrees Celcius when the computer is idle. I was told in one of these posts that it was not dangerous. Since you are in the 33-34 range, I assume thats good.

My CPU is always between 28-33 degrees Celcius (I am using stock cooling)

Also...can you post your voltage readings from PC Probe? I would like to compare them to what I'm getting.
 

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Yea, my voltages are:
ddr2 term - 0.98 v
cpu vtt - 1.26 v
1.2 vht - 1.26 v
sb core - 1.52 v
+12.0 - 11.65 v
Vcore - 1.28 v
+3.3 - 3.17 v
+5.0 - 4.92 v
NB Core - 1.25 v
Memory - 1.89 v

and i've gotten new temps from running under a pretty good load
cpu is usualy up around 46 - 49 deg. celcius, and the mb is staying around 37 deg. celcius when on a load, so the water cooling seems to be doing pretty well considering i've seen other systems that go much hotter under load. I moved my geforce 8800ultra up to the next most vertical pcie slot to make more room for airflow, so hopefully that did some good.

so 37 deg. isn't a bad temp for the mb? im wondering what i should set the threshold warning to in pc probe. what's too high?
 

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My CPU use to be at 30-33C when I didn't set the fan control in my motherboard bios. (Feature: "Q-Fan")

I now set it in BIOS where the CPU cooling is controlled by the motherboard, and now it's very quiet and usually hovers around 40C. It was loud before because the stock fan was running at 100% speed.

And my motherboard is ALWAYS in the high 30's and low 40's. I'm not sure if this is good or not, but I haven't been having any other problems with my Striker Extreme.

Any suggestions?
 

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Hi,

here is the temperatures I read from both bios and ASUS probe:

CPU: about 20c
MB: about 45c

Core2 Duo E6750@2.66 FSB1333/ ASUS P5K/ Patrion 2x1GB LLK DDR2-800 4-4-4-12 (but know automatically set to a higher frequency with 5-5-5-16) / ASUS 6800 GT 256-silent/ Samsung syncmaster 206bw/
Vista Ultimate/ no OC yet!

as good as the cpu temperature I think the MB is so hot.
I didn't any OC and using stock intel fan for CPU.
I've set the profile of the Q-Fan for both chasis and cpu fans but there is no serious reduction in MB temperature.

anybody has idea on my case?

Thx
:(
 

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It's not much you can do about it (unless installing alot more fans, more airflow and so on) but i think you don't HAVE to do anything about it

Those Asus motherboards just tend to get a little hot with those heat pipes on it.

I've got an asus P5k3 board which is almost the same and i get 40+ degrees when idle
 

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I just put an ASUS P5N-D motherboard together w/ an Intel 775 DUO 1.87g, 9600 GT 512MB, two gigs of ram. I installed four 120mm THERMALTAKE ball bearing fans (2000 RPM max each), as well as a Butterfly CPU heatsink. All so using PC Probe 2 (ASUS). Temperature's are reading 86F (30C) degrees on CPU, 96F (36C) degrees on the motherboard. These temps are when under heavy usage. Is this good? Do I need passive cooling for my new computer?