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Working on a mini-itx is certainly challenging. I'm glad I chose the Node 304 as this was my first build and if I had chosen anything smaller it would've been really hard to make it into a gaming build.

The i5's clock rate is stuck on turbo, that's why I put 3.8 for the clock rate. I never once saw it below 3800 MHz. if someone could shed some light on that I'd be grateful. ^

The motherboard didn't recognize my memory as 1600 right out of the box. I had to change the timings manually as well to 9-9-9-24.

As for the monitor, I have the 22EA53V-P (21.5") version, but I couldn't find it listed here.

The Under Load Temps I put are while gaming on ultra settings on The Witcher 2, Sleeping Dogs and Tomb Raider. The CPU actually reached 97° C When using Prime 95 in Real Temp. I have to admit the first time I used it, I got scared when it reached 86° C and hit the stop button XD. Then I did some research just for reassurance that the cpu has some fail-safe measure in place to protect it self.

All comments are welcome as this was my first build, and I welcome any new knowledge.

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  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

First off, if your CPU reaches 97*C, you might want to invest in an aftermarket CPU cooler. As for your CPU staying at 3.8Ghz, I can't speak for Gigabyte boards (I pretty much exclusively use ASUS), but on ASUS boards, if you set your CPU clock to manual when OCing in BIOS (UEFI), it locks your CPU speed. Check online info/tutorials for your board to find the Gigabyte equivalent and check that.

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for the information :)

Maybe I'll look for a low profile CPU cooler in the future. Right now though I don't plan to OC this rig. I just thought intel's turbo technology was designed so that it hits turbo when I need it, and stay at 3.4 GHz when it's idle.

So the motherboard controls how "turbo" works, not the CPU itself. I'll look for tutorials on my MB. Thanks again. ^

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

I misunderstood what you wrote in the description and thought you OCed to 3.8Ghz, my mistake. I'm not entirely certain what controls the turbo boost feature, I would think it's the mobo, but there's no harm in education, right? Look up your specific issue as well.

EDIT: I did a bit of research myself as I've never seen this issue before, and one thing to try would be going to Windows control panel>hardware and sound>power settings and change your power plan to power saving. Then see if your processor throttles correctly.

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

YES!! Thank you so much. I didn't know power saving had anything to do with CPU. I thought it only affected my screen shutting off. I also saw an advanced feature in power options where you control a lot of different options.

Thanks a lot bro. My CPU idles at 800 MHz now, but can go all the way up to 3800 MHz.

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Glad to hear it, mate.

EDIT: It's kind of funny, just checked mine out as well and it was running between 3.3 and 4.5 (overclocked) while only running a browser. I'll do some benchmarks later today (have to change some BIOS settings due to the OC/ASUS mobo combination) and I'll let you know if anything has changed.

EDIT 2: I ended up putting a shortcut to the power options on the desktop, so when I need the power, I can switch to balanced or maximum. I did notice some framerate drop just watching videos in my browser when on power saving. Mind you, I do have roughly 25 tabs open right now. I'm sure that with some fiddling in the power options I'll find a good middle ground.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I put mine back on High performance. I did experience a little lag when put on power saving & when I monitored the power and temps, it didn't seem like there was much of a difference, if any at all. I guess it doesn't matter what speed you're running at as much as how much load is on the CPU.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

"...while only running a browser" - Browsers are getting more and more power hungry as they (and the websites) are getting increasingly sophisticated. Google Chrome, for instance, used to run quickly on old hardware. Unfortunately, today just Chrome can bring that old machine to a standstill!

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

There seems to be some kind of problem with uploading pictures. I'll try to upload them again tomorrow.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Jeeze buy a cpu cooler! the stock are only for general use, but not gaming and they don't like ocing.

Get the corsair H55 watercooler or the H60.

It just seems a waste to buy all the good hardware except for the cooler of the center of its brain and then overclocking >_<.

One extra thing: I think it's 65 deg C not 95. 30 deg hotter is a lot. your gpu will really hate it and reduce it's own preformance to reduce the heat it gets.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually, when gaming on ultra settings both the CPU and GPU hit a maximum of 70 deg C to 75 deg C maximum. It's only when I used prime 95 to stress test the CPU that it hit 97 deg C.

I've been monitoring the temps for a few days now and the max is around 70 deg C. I think for normal everyday use, even when gaming on max settings, it's an acceptable temperature.

As for the OC, I think you misunderstood. I didn't OC the CPU. It's using intel "Turbo" technology to oc itself to 3.8 GHz and it's stable so far.

Thanks for the comment non-the-less. I'm certainly thinking of OCing but not right now, as I really don't see the benefit; I'm already gaming on max settings in most games, save for the AA in a few games.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I think 97C is perhaps not too unrealistic on a stock cooler when running Prime95 (all cores on 100% is generally outside of real world conditions though).

If you want a comparison... I have the H60 cooler on an i7-4770K 3.5GHz (not overclocked), same motherboard and case as yourself. CPU temp: 27C (idle), 65C (under load, Prime95 after an hour).

What does your motherboard's "System" temperature report?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I use openhardware monitor, and it shows temperature 1 & 3 at 47C & 34C. I don't know which one is the motherboard temperature though. The temperature 1 reaches 53 at times and just drops two degrees and then rises again.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Temperature 1 will be the "System" temperature and temp 3 will be the CPU temp. My "System" temperature hovers around the 52C mark even at idle - which I thought was rather high, but I'm beginning to think it might be "normal" for this board!?

You can confirm the temps by checking the reported temps in the BIOS... which specifically shows the System and CPU reported temps.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, are you using the h60 as an exhaust? And will the radiator interfere with my 770?

Thank you in advance.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, the H60 is at the rear of the case, as an exhaust. I don't think the radiator (and fan) will interfere with your 770. I have a 660 Ti.

You can see a photo of the H60 radiator/fan in my rig, the graphics card is just to the left of the picture. http://www.penders.co.uk/link/chillblast/img/DSC09352-web.jpg

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot for the picture. I saved it on my pc for future reference :)