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MSI X99A GODLIKE GAMING (Intel X99) Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 2011 in Motherboards | Posted: Aug 3, 2015 9:08 pm
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: MSI

Thermal Imaging and Power Consumption

 

System power usage is measured at the AC/DC PSU (the Corsair AX1200i) which I have connected to another system to measure the test system and as a backup I have a wall meter to verify. The CPU power is measured through the 8-pin connector which is hooked up to a hall effect IC which measures current and puts out a voltage in proportion to the current. That voltage is logged by a National Instruments ADC which logs the DC voltage level, which I then convert into current.

 

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Note on Thermal Images: In the temperature section, we use our Seek thermal imaging camera to capture the surface temperatures of major components on the board; I look at the VRM and then all other things that light up the screen. If there is something to worry about then I will state it, otherwise I will just show the hotter running parts of the board for fun. Unless some component is over 80-90C then there really isn't anything to worry about.

 

All systems will act differently, so I will look for commonalities, such as how far from the VRM the heat spreads through the PCB and the difference in temperature between the front side and backside of the PCB. Keep in mind that the majority of the heat from the VRM goes into the PCB as it is a giant soldered on copper heat sink. A larger difference in temperature between the back and front of the PCB points towards a more effective heat sink.

 

Anything under 60C is excellent, 60-80C is acceptable, and anything above 80C is a bit worrisome (if at stock).

 

 

Thermal Testing at Stock Speeds:

 

The image on the left is always at idle and the image on the right is at load.

 

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Full frontal.

 

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Up-close of the front of the VRM.

 

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Up-close of the back of the VRM.

 

 

Thermal Testing at 4.5GHz Overclocked Speeds:

 

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Full frontal.

 

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Up-close of the front of the VRM.

 

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Up-close of the back of the VRM.

 

The VRM on the MSI X99 GODLIKE is one of the best I have seen for X99, not only does it use high quality parts, but its power savings modes and general operating modes offer advantages for 24/7 use. You can see that at stock at idle only one PWM phase (2 VRM phases) is on, but when loaded the load is spread evenly across 3 PWM phases (6 center VRM phases).

 

When you overclock with EIST disabled, the VRM uses the middle 6 phases during idle conditions and then all 12 during full load conditions at 4.5GHz. The heat in return doesn't increase at hot spots, but is spread evenly through the PCB, and the heat sinks do a great job of maintaining very low overall temperatures.

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