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GIGABYTE X399 Aorus Xtreme (AMD X399) Motherboard Review (Page 9)

Steven Bassiri | Mar 14, 2019 at 10:00 am CDT - 1 min, 47 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 95%Manufacturer: AORUS

Thermal Imaging and Power Consumption

System power is measured at the wall with an AC power meter.


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 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 back side of the PCB. Keep in mind, the majority of the heat from the VRM goes into the PCB as it is a giant soldered on the copper heat sink. A larger difference in temperature between the back and front of the PCB points towards a more effective heat sink.

Thermal Testing at Stock Speeds:

The image on the left is always at idle, and the image on the right is at load. During ALL TESTS, There is no airflow direct at the VRM

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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 X399 Aorus Xtreme is doing very well in regards to performance here. However, you might notice the temperature decreased under load on the front, and that is because of ambient temperature, which is the same 5C difference between lowest temperature and highest. We can see these new PowIRstages and the revamped heat sink are doing their job. The rear temperature is 41C under load (it's off screen). Maximum temperature is 43C at load on the front and back, so heat is being moved around and dissipated. Overall, excellent thermal performance.

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