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  testing a motherboard the Reasonable way 
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Reason Jul 09, 2010, 01:29am EDT Report Abuse
A friend of mine game me his Maximus Formula. He burnt out his Q9400 on it and isn't sure it works, and didn't want to mess with it.

I don't have a heatsink with a bracket that will work on it right now. My plan is to put my e6300 in it, lay the case on its side, and put my Zalman 9700 on top - just set it on there, and then run memtest for a weekend or so.

Think that'll be a reliable test? thoughts/suggestions/namecalling welcome.

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BoT Jul 09, 2010, 02:02am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: testing a motherboard the Reasonable way
make sure the heatsink is not moving around much
memtest will only test your mem. i would use something that test cpu and mem or better system wide

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bossa ritchie Jul 09, 2010, 08:01pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: testing a motherboard the Reasonable way
Only ever had 1 CPU burn itself out and when I replaced it with another the motherboard burnt that out also, so that may be something to consider if you buying a brand new CPU for it.

Did your freind overclock the system if he did I would go into BIOS and set everything to default.

and Memtest does only test the RAM, so Prime95 would be better for you if you have an operating system installed, if not get a copy of Hirens Boot CD theres bound to be something on it for testing the CPU outside Windows.

Reason Jul 10, 2010, 03:10pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: testing a motherboard the Reasonable way
Yeah, he did OC it, he seemed pretty sure that's what killed the CPU. I was hoping to be able to avoid scrounging up an extra sata drive and installing an OS but seems like that's my best option. i already need to find a PCI-E video card that will run on the antec 430 I have in it.

what about the whole "set the heatsink on top of the CPU" without attaching it? think that'll be a problem?

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bossa ritchie Jul 13, 2010, 06:38pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: testing a motherboard the Reasonable way
So long as the HeatSink is touchcing the CPU then it should be OK get some thermal paste on it also, you are only trying to get the heat from the CPU to go over to the heatsink spreading the heat out.

Need to make sure the Heatsink doesn't fall off when you are not there, but the Motherboard itself should switch off/Re-boot if it is getting to hot.

mothow Jul 23, 2010, 03:17pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: testing a motherboard the Reasonable way
you need pressure on that heat sink.Just sitting there will not be enough

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bossa ritchie Jul 23, 2010, 03:25pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: testing a motherboard the Reasonable way
Well if my 2nd year science class sees me right pressure would not be needed as touching will be enough, the HeatSink is only there to disperse the heat and if the 2 metals are touching then this should be enough.

But then again a little pressure will do no harm.



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