Currently hs has an EVGA X58 Classified mobo. He has asked me: "I'm seriously losing any confidence EVGA can come back from the brink in this. and if I get the ASUS RIVE, Can you help a brother out on setup. this will be my first uefi board. and all the Bois update stuff looks intimidating. how the heck you know which bios you have out of the box. to decide which update to go with [.ROM/.CAP] Scares the crap out of me. Also is the phase change prep is the same as the 1366 socket?" - Robert a.k.a. firerx
So I need help answering him, since I have no experience W/extreme cooling. Could I please get some feedback from someone who owns a Rampage series mobo and is using SS PC? He also needs some assurance that he can get forum support for his future issues with his build, he is accustomed to the EVGA level of support, and in my opinion the ROG forum now rivals that - when the servers aren't down. What should I tell him (I will quote you)? Or you are welcome to log in to EVGA forums and PM him yourself.
Also, he said he had an 'issue' with joining the ROG forum, I will ask him what happened. If he has a technical issue, I will see what I (we) can do to help. I wonder if it had anything to do with the frequent ROG server downtime lately...
i7-3930K; Asus RIVE; G.SKILL Ripjaws Z 4x4GB DDR3 1866; MSI 7870 2GD5/OC; Crucial M4 SSD 256GB; Corsair 1000HX; Corsair H100, 4x Excalibur 120mm PWM CPU Fan p-p, AS5; SB X-Fi Titanium Fata1ity Pro; Dell U2412m IPS 1920x1200; Cooler Master HAF 932 case; Tripp-Lite OMNIVS1500 UPS fully Line-interactive. (EVGA site: ) And I have a second (wife's) computer, Eve.
Overclocking is useless to me if it is not rock stable.
Now the easy fix for the VRMs over heating when pushed really hard with a phase unit is to use Eraser as your insulation medium. The reason for that is because eraser is a very good conductor of cold. And with a phase unit being about -40'C the VRM will benefit from the cold. You will need to pack the eraser right up to and under the heat sink. Do not remove the heat sink just push the eraser under it with a dowel stick.
Condensation is not an issue on the eraser itself I have found based on hours and hours of use in quite humid conditions.
The underside of the motherboard needs careful management as condensation will collect there. Liquid electrical tape is a must to prevent any chance of shorting - with layers of neoprene or Armaflex closed cell foam as an added layer of protection to prevent the condensation from forming.
That is pretty much it.
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