I am an experienced builder and have built over 300 systems this year alone. I have not used Intel boards until recently as I was in my local Ma & Pa computer store and they had a DG41WV on special. I bought it on impulse because I wanted to build my brother a web surfing machine, he is still running a build I did for him back in 2003. The price was right and I have a plethora of Legacy products just sitting around.
I am using an Intel E7500 CPU, with 4GB of Crucial DDR3 1333. I always bench test it prior to putting in the case. I make sure it posts into the BIOS, and I check the set-up (cmos) and thermal states. I noticed that the hardware monitor in the BIOS was showing a 63 to 69 degree Celsius. I figured one of the pins was not in place. They were all locked on the back of the board fine. So my next thought was, I applied to much thermal compound which I have never done before (AS5). So I cleaned it off and reapplied. Reinstalled the Intel heat/ sink fan. Still the same... 63 to 69 up and down. Then I changed the fan to 100% and it did not make a noticeable difference, expect being loud. O.K. now I am getting annoyed. I updated the BIOS to the latest, I believe the date was 5/2012. It got a little better, now it is 53 to 63. I do not like this. There is a message at the bottom of the hardware monitoring page that a setting is incorrect and the system may malfunction... This was present before and after the BIOS update. Loaded the BIOS at defaults, no change.The CPU and heat/ sink show 29 to 35 on my test motherboard which is a different manufacturer and DDR2. It has been my experience that a shutdown will occur when it is under load, probably would not even get through an installation of Windows or Linux.
Is this a known problem with these boards or did I just get a lemon (it happens)? I hate to return it back to the store as they are really struggling to stay open and do not have any left. I have the receipt and am not opposed to an exchange of any socket 775 board that uses ddr3. The board appears to be of decent quality as the caps are good and such.