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05-12-2021 12:13 AM
Nicholas Steel wrote:
68c sounds fine. SSD's like being around 60-80 degrees. Do some benchmarks/stress tests to test if the SSD's are thermal throttling.
05-20-2021 11:52 PM
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05-03-2021 04:14 PM
So, I played around with it some. With my 3090 spilling 350W inside my case, and also radiating heat, the upper M.2 slot temperatures get too high during stress to my liking.
In my case, during gaming, even when dropping my Samsung 960 Pro in it, which doesn't get as hot as the 980 Pro, the 960 Pro would get up towards 70 degrees C. This seemed to cause thermal throttling. I use the Fractal Design Define S2 XL with six Noctua fans in it (eight if you count the push/pull on my AIO), so airflow should be fine. It's just, damn, that 3090 generates a lot of heat.
Even the bottom M.2 slot got too hot with a Samsung 980 Pro in it, which in itself also gets really hot. I tried the Sabrent M.2 heatsink, but actually found that the stock ASUS heatsink did a better job. This wasn't due to a lack of heat-transfer to the Sabrent heatsink, as it got burning hot during operation.
The only way I've managed to keep my 980 Pro at least down in the high 50's during stress load and heavy gaming, is to install it in the PCI-E Sabrent M.2 card with a big heatsink on it (not to be confused with the Sabrent M.2 heatsink), and putting it in my bottommost PCI-E 16x slot. Now it doesn't get hotter than 58 degrees, and my 960 Pro also stays around 55 degrees, when installed in the bottom M.2 slot.
05-04-2021 11:27 AM
it might be interesting to see what happens if you were to use another GPU (if you have one or can borrow one for testing)
in this case A blower style or low power GPU would show you if your 3090 is heating up the M.2 heatsinks
You might also want to keep an eye on the chipset temps since the ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero has passive cooling on that
and the chipset heatsink is directly placed underneath the primary x16 Slot
I am A bit confused about the case you are using
is it a Fractal Design Define 7 XL or a Fractal Design Define S2 XL ???
05-06-2021 05:03 PM
I tried changing the BIOS on my card to the Low Temperature version, found on MSI's website. This dramatically reduced the heat of my M.2 drives while gaming. The 980 Pro, installed in the lowest 16X PCI-E slot in the Sabrent PCI-E heatsink/card they have for sale, now reaches 45 degrees maximum, and the 960 Pro, situated in the lower of the two M.2 slots on the motherbard, reaches 51 degrees maximum.
Lol, my bad. It's the Define 7 XL