Xeon E5-1680 v2 overclocking in Sandy Bridge-E / Ivy Bridge (X79) OC Posted July 31, 2017 Thank you for the pictures! I have also thought about getting water cooling for the chip, but this would also mean I need a new mainboard. Currently the be quiet! Dark Rock TF is cooling the CPU and the VRMs surrounding the socket. The air cooler is directly blowing air over the VRM coolers and they still get so hot that I can't touch them for more than even a second. This means that their surface temperature is about 40 to 50 Â°C. If I would use water cooling, than there wouldn't be any direct air flow over the VRMs and I would probably get massive VRM throtteling. And yeah... I don't think it is wise to invest about 400 â‚¬ into a used Rampage Extreme or a similar board with a beefier VRM solution.