I picked up an Infinity 975X/G on Thursday to upgrade my system so I can play FSX. I've successfully OC'd my E6600 to 3.19GHz but seem to have hit a wall. I'm content at the moment but... My northbridge temperature reaches 55-57C and sometimes beyond under load according to SmartGuardian. In contrast, my CPU rarely goes beyond 40C under load, occasionally I will see 44C. I bought a CoolerMaster Blue Ice Pro cooler and put it on with AS5, but it has made no difference, and in fact I think it is actually a little worse than the stock heatsink. Its a small copper heatsink with a fan attached to it.
So a couple of questions:
- Is 55-57C "normal" when overclocking?
- Is there a better air cooling solution?
- Any advantage to water cooling on the NB? Or about the same as a good air solution?
- Can I pick up more fsb if I cool the NB more?
I've seen some NB coolers/heatsinks that use heat pipes and large heatsinks, but because of the placement of the NB in proximity to the CPU, I'm not sure they would fit with the Big Typhoon CPU cooler I have in there now.
I was wondering if anyone could suggest a good cooling solution and/or tell me if 55C is anything to worry about?