Do I need to reapply AS5? Or something else?

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What would these temperatures imply at idle (Prolimatech Megahalem heatsink + AS5 thermal compound)?


My system (currently at stock, all default settings in BIOS, etc):
Intel i7 920
Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P Motherboard
GTX 295
Corsair 850W
12 GB OCZ Gold RAM
Antec 1200 Case (I opened the side panel and the temps were the same, so airflow is good)

I feel like my idle temps are way too high... I mean, 40C with a Megahalem and AS5? What's going on?
 
Well your case is pretty warm itself at 38C so no it's not to high. You want to fix it, turn on the air conditioner :D.

If your room isn't that warm then make sure that the hot air being exhausted out your case isn't being blocked as well as making sure that the air intake isn't significantly impeded. Also, used compressed air to get rid of the dust.
 

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Thing is, I just built this system just a few days ago. There's plenty of room behind/in front of/to the sides of the case in order to allow air to flow in and out. There's really no dust buildup yet because it's new.

Thing is, at load my temps go up to like 60C. This is just at 2.8 Ghz! I want to OC but I worry my temps are WAY too high, especially considering that I've got a beast of a heatsink and high-grade thermal compound (Arctic Silver 5).

Is it impossible for my cores to be "colder" than ambient? I was expecting my cores, with this heatsink/compound, to be like low 30's or something.
 

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I can't tell why my ambient is so high! The house is air-conditioned and everything. Does it depend on whether or not it's seated on the floor or desk? I've even got a ceiling fan going.
 

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Ambient temps will be the temp in your room, the air the case is sucking into itself. Then there's case temp, if you think that seems a bit high, then your case airflow might not be very good. One way to test is to take the side of the case off, then check your temps again.
 
Measure the temperature right in front of the front fan closest to the CPU inside. That is your ambient temperature.

Is the CPU heatsink oriented horizontally to blow air out the back, or vertically to blow the warm air upward out the top?

I have Antec 900 cases and I orient the heatsinks vertically. I figure that warm air wants to rise. Why fight physics?
 

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Your looking for magic. You have to realize that the processor under load is making incredible amounts of heat on a teeny teeny piece of silicon. The heat is distributed to the heatsink as well as it can be. Get a clue.

For example, my I7 965 at stock at 3.4 at less than 1V using CPUZ, ambient temps at 28C ambients, open case tech station, WATERCOOLING, 120X3 QUALITY RAD, GREAT PUMP, fans on low, my idle temps are 39C right now.

So your fine. Your load temps are wayyy diff due to my cooling setup. I load at these ambients at under 60C easy.

You cannot ever ever go sub ambient on ANY air cooled rig. Watercooling is still air cooled even.

Maybe you have been reading too much hype on your cooler, maybe they were on a much cooler chip like a Q6600, your overclock voltages might be stoopid high, especially if your voltages are on auto, your fans on the heatsink might be crap, you might need to understand the basics of what you bought and how it really works.

That said, I don't see your temps being out of line at all.
 

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I've got the heatsink oriented vertically, with two fans pushing air up through the heatsink towards my 200mm fan. The case itself has a total of like 10 or 11 fans working, so airflow is very good. I still can't understand why my temps are so high.

I really want to overclock my system but I worry that I am going to nuke it based on these already-high temps on stock alone. I hear people overclocking their systems all the time with i7 920's with far lesser-quality heatsinks/paste than what I'm using. Most of my fans are 120mm with decent RPM and CFM, not to mention my top 200mm fan.

But yes many voltage settings are indeed on Auto, I think. What should I try changing?
 
If memory serves doesn't AS5 need about 200 hours of operation to cure?

I think you are not being realistic and that you expect too much.

I have a reference for all the Core i7 cpu temperatures. Unfortunately I am not at home right now. I'll post the link to the temp chart tonight. I think you'll find your temps are okay.

EDIT - I found one reference from another thread. I suggest you read it:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/221745-29-sticky-core-core-temperature-guide

I'll post the Core i7 temp charts I mentioned tonight.
 

Agreed. With my 480 rad and OCed i7 I run around 35C. ~22-23 ambient. Vcore is ~1.15v under load. Load temps are 62-64C MAX. (Btw, I have 2x ULTRA KAZE 120mm @2700-2800 rpm and it's rated at ~133CFM @ 3000rpm).

@OP; what are your voltages?
 
I just visited the Intel web site. According to Intel specifications the operating temperature for Core i7 cpu's is 43.2 Celsius at idle and 67.9 Celsius at load.

Hmmm....let's see you measured 40 degrees Celsius. That means you are running 3.2 degrees cooler than specifications call for. Congratulations! The darn thing works! Don't worry! Be Happy!
 
^If those are correct, you have very high voltage going in to that chip. 1.23v?!???? Even I don't need that much voltage to hit 3.8Ghz.

Those readings are wrong FYI. 1.92v on the +12 rail. Nice. You won't even boot with that. Give us the CPUZ readings.

I think you messed up with the installation of the HSF. Used too much/too little paste,etc.
 

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What should I set my voltages to?
Well I am going out right now to buy some isoprop alcohol to clean my heatsink. I'm going to try reseating it and then I want to change my voltages. Although really I'd like to overclock everything.
 

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I've got some alcohol (99% isopropyl)... what's the best way to do this?

Just remove the heatsink, wipe away what I can with a towel, the apply some alcohol and wipe the rest clean? Do I need to wait?
 

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What i do i scrape as much off as i can with my fingernail, lightly mind you. You don't want to mark the surface, or file your nail, lol. Then i lick my finger and rub in a circular motion, then wipe with a paper towel or lint free cloth. Continue till it's quite clean, saliva works very well for removing thermal paste. Then i grab a Q-Tip soak up some Iso, and sterilize, and finish cleaning the surface. You do not want any leftover spit on there, lol.

After wiping with the alcohol you only need to wait till it's evaporated, which takes seconds.
 

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