T case on that CPU is 71C.
IMO, get a proper cooler on it and/or consider your case airflow.
As a test, drop the side panel and see if temps come down. If they do you need a new case or more fans. If it doesn't, get or install a better cooler.
Respectfully, I'm wondering where you found 71°C, because on Intel's Product Specifications website as well as in their Datasheets it shows 64°C. Either way it's irelevent, as I will explain:
Just FYI, and for everyone's benefit, back in the day of the original Pentiums, before Intel started putting Core temperature sensors in their CPUs for Throttle protection, since before the Core 2 processors of 2006, Intel used the Tcase Thermal Specification, then continued to do so up through Core i 6th Generation. For 7th Generation and later, Intel changed the Thermal Specification from Tcase to Tjunction.
I'm sure, probably like yourself, that most users see Tcase on Intel's Product Specifications website.
Tcase has always been a highly misleading and confusing specification
... here's why:
Taken at face value, users don't know what Tcase actually means, and therefore assume
that Tcase is Core temperature ... it is NOT.
Tcase is IHS temperature
which is a factory-only
thermal measurement that users can't monitor
Tcase is measured in Intel's Labs using CPU Engineering Samples where a groove is cut into the surface of the IHS and a tiny Thermocouple sensor is imbedded in the center, which is then connected to highly accurate test equipment. The stock cooler is mounted and a steady-state 100% TDP workload is applied for thermal testing. Retail CPUs do not have a Thermocouple sensor, which is why it's not possible for users to monitor Tcase, and
is why there's no software utilities to measure it, and
is why for retail CPUs, Core temperature is the standard for thermal measurement.
Keep in mind that Intel Desktop processors have TWO Thermal Specifications, Tcase AND Tjunction, BOTH of which are shown in the Datasheets
, while the Product Specifications
shows Tcase for 6th Geneation and earlier, OR only
Tjunction for 7th Generation and later.
Intel's intended purpose for providing Tcase specifications is primarily for developers of aftermarket cooling solutions
. Moreover, consider that Mobile (laptop) processors don’t have an IHS. Since the cooler is instead mounted directly on the Die, this is why they don’t have Tcase specifications; only Tjunction.
Here's a perfect comparison between Desktop CPUs; the 6th Generation 6700K and the 7th Generation 7700K share the same Design
Tcase and Tjunction specifications shown in the Datasheets, but the processor's Generation determines which of the two Thermal Specifications is shown on the website. Both the 6700K and the 7700K have Tjunction specifications ("Maximum Junction" temperature or "Tj Max" or "Throttle" temperature) of 100°C. Intel’s move away from using Tcase on their website synchronizes Desktop and Mobile Thermal Specifications.
From Core 2 processors in 2006 to today's Core i processors, the limiting
Thermal Specification has always
been Tjunction; not
Tcase. Tcase is not a thermal limit
, but is instead a thermal value
based on processor TDP and stock cooler TDP. If the stock cooler is replaced with a higher TDP aftermarket cooler, then ALL processor temperatures, including Core temperature and IHS
temperature (which is Tcase
) will decrease, but the Tjunction specification (which is Throttle
temperature) will always be 100°C. So for end users, this means Tcase is irrelevant
Please click on the link below in my signature and check out Sections 1, 3 & 7 in my Guide for more information on Tcase.
... recently I replaced my overclocked i5 6600K CPU with a i7 6700K (I ordered a cooler aswell ... but I don't remember what it was) ... temps are way higher ... reaching 65-90°c ... The i7 makes my games feel so much smoother and lacks most of the minor freezing that happens sometimes, but the high temps worry me. My pc is currently:
Cpu: i7-6700K CPU @ 4.00GHz
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
CpuCooler: Arctic Freezer Pro7
Ram: G.SKILL F4-2400C15D-8GVR Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2x8GB)
... Just wondering if these temps are- too hot? ... for prolonged gaming? ...
On behalf of Tom's Moderator Team, welcome aboard!
has observed, your CPU requires a better cooler.
The 3 pipe 92mm fan class Arctic Freezer 7 Pro is inadequate for the i7-6700K, which runs hotter than your 6600K due to the fact that it operates at 4.2 GHz instead of 3.9 GHz and has Hyper-Threading, both of which increases Power consumption (Watts) and therefore drives Core temperatures up. As I mentioned above, although Throttle temperature is indeed 100°C, Core temperatures above 85°C are not recommended, since some processors of early 14 nanometer microarchitecture may become unstable at higher Core temperatures. You're OK for now, but upgrading your cooler is a wise move.
Enjoy your rig, and once again, welcome aboard!