Question Forgot to plug watercooler back in...

Nov 1, 2020
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Hello,

Last night I had a major scare. I was removing my old HDD because I had just installed a 2tb SSD so there was no need for it. When I did that, I didn't realize I also unplugged my watercooler pump (NZXT Kraken X73 360mm) so I went ahead an booted the computer up and started downloading the latest COD again. I went and did a few things but my buddy wanted me to jump on Rust so I launched it and it was MAD slow... so I restarted and my computer gave a CPU overheating warning.. uh oh :( so about 2-3 hours after the game was downloading and launched Rust, I realized I didn't plug in the pump. I immediately shut it all down and plugged the pump in. Do you think I need to replace the thermal pad? Do you think I need to worry? It wasn't burning hot but it was fairly warm. Anything helps.

Specs are below.

Intel Core i7-10700K Comet Lake 8-Core 3.8 GHz LGA 1200
MSI PRO Z490-A PRO LGA 1200 Intel Z490
NZXT Kraken X73 360mm

The image linked is my temperatures while playing the new COD black Ops Cold War. View: https://imgur.com/QjBZODn
 
If you mean it was cool enough to touch, I wouldn't worry. All processors, both CPU and GPU, have built in thermal limiters that significantly lower frequency or even shut down when too hot, which is likely why the game ran so slow.

It sounds like the thermal limiter kicked in fast enough to not even allow it to get very hot. The thermal ceiling on your 10700K is 100c, which is 212 degrees Fahrenheit. I really doubt the thermal pad was affected either.

https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/199335/intel-core-i7-10700k-processor-16m-cache-up-to-5-10-ghz.html
 
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If you mean it was cool enough to touch, I wouldn't worry. All processors, both CPU and GPU, have built in thermal limiters that significantly lower frequency or even shut down when too hot, which is likely why the game ran so slow.

It sounds like the thermal limiter kicked in fast enough to not even allow it to get very hot. The thermal ceiling on your 10700K is 100c, which is 212 degrees Fahrenheit. I really doubt the thermal pad was affected either.

https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/199335/intel-core-i7-10700k-processor-16m-cache-up-to-5-10-ghz.html
Thank you, that makes me feel so much better! Cheers!
 
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