Being that I have had much experience with naked die cooling from back in the days when AMD still shipped their CPUs without heat spreaders, I was certain that I was up to the task to handle direct die cooling of my Intel 4770K CPU in conjuction with the MSI Die Guard. It did work for a little while. I saw major decreases in running temps, upwards of 10-20C with much better temperature consistency across the cores. Being the tinker I am, I decided to see if I could get better temperatures with different water blocks - thats where the problems began. On my next system boot, one or two of my cores jumped to 100C under load even with the CPU at stock clock settings."
You do software updates to get the most from favourite programs right? Updating a motherboard BIOS can in a timely manner is also critical. The guide to Flashing a Motherboard BIOS spells out the often complicated steps in plain english. PCSTATS Tips