Basically I was wondering if these kinds of temperatures are normal, I am getting 63 degrees socket temp under prime95 load, with a core temp of 44 degrees, with a 4.5ghz overclock and 1.32v, which seems to me like quite a big difference, my case airflow is quite appalling, and I am running my pc with the side panel off currently (I have ordered a corsair carbide 400r with some more case fans) which will definitely improve my airflow.
To sum up I was wondering if my high socket temp compared to core is cause by bad airflow or something else? I have tried reseating the cooler (Corsair h80i) around 4 times with no real difference. Uploaded with ImageShack.com
It's hard to get socket temps down. With a 125w package, and then overclocking on top if it, add's more power.
70c is a safe socket temp, and 60c is a safe core temp. The only way to really keep socket temps down is to have a case that has a fan slot on the door, or room for a fan on the back of the motherboard right under the socket.
Also note, prime pushes your pc faster than it will ever see in real life. It's good to test a OC, although I use OCCT and intel burn in test instead, as those both add 100% load to all cores, but seem to push it like prime does. Prime acts weird on AMD's, even some of the OC'ers that have gotten to 5-5.5ghz, don't use prime for that reason.
My setting is a Seidon liquid cooler on my CPU, lots of case fans and flow, and I hit 40c core temps, 55c socket temps on OCCT or IntelBurnTest after 10-15 mins. When in real use, playing BF3 for example, I hit like 35/45c for my temps, which is more "real world". I have an 8320, 3.5ghz stock, overclocked to 4.6ghz.
Thanks for the reply, I'm also concerned that I'm only using 1.32V whilst still getting fairly high temperatures with an h80i, do you think better case ventilation would improve the temps or would it be similar to what I'm doing now? (Running the pc with the side off)
If you have more intake than outtake for case fans, and are trying to do a "positive pressure" type of flow, having the side off defeats that. If the H80 is blowing out the back, it would be pulling away socket heat as well if the case is closed off, but with the side off, it can actually be worse. I have positive pressure in mine, mean more intakes than out take fans. I have 4 fans pulling in air, 2 pulling hot air from the rad out the top. I get hotter results with my side off than with it on, but depends on your case and airflow. Takes some time, I've been playing for over a week moving case fans and my rad fan around. Probably do it again too. lol. Just have to do it all at the same time of day, so you see what the temps are like based on the room temp, so every morning, I wake up, benchmark, check temps, shut down, move some fans around, test again.
I have an AMD 8320 with the stock fan and all stock settings my core temps can get to 68 degrees while gaming, I haven't tested socket temps yet. I have a cooler master k350 case with a single 120mm fan at the front. I have ordered a cooler master tx3 cooler with 2 fans (1 for push pull, the other as an exaust) will this fix my problem?