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FX-8350 high temps, should I consider a better heatsink or another intake fan?

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January 14, 2014 12:13:38 PM

I have a Zalman Z11 Plus case with all the stock fans in it, plus a second at the top for exhaust. Not quite sure if the two side fans are intakes but got the case because of its huge number of fans already. I've got three total at the top/back pushing air out.

I don't overclock it because it performs fine as is but in some games I see the temps running up to 60-61 (also have a warning set to 60 because I have blue screened before) and use AI Suite II for monitoring and controlling everything. My temps hover around 58-59 normally with them going to 60 sometimes. I'm idling at 49 right now with the MB temp at 32. Stock heatsink for it as well as turbo fan settings for this..

Mainly, I just want to know if I should throw another intake fan at the bottom to take care of it or if it would be better to get a heatsink. I just don't like it hovering that close to the threshold. I just don't want to drop like 30+ on a heatsink if it's only going to drop me a couple degrees because intake is an issue but on the other hand I'd rather get a new heatsink if the stock one is just that bad and I'm not going to see any notable difference with more intake.

As a bit of side information as well, I've been looking at a lot of charts for temps with heatsinks and all but it's difficult to find comparisons to the stock AMD one since it seems all the tests get run on Intel chips so it's hard to tell what kind of a difference I'd be looking at compared to what I've currently got.
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January 14, 2014 12:24:57 PM

The AMD stock cooler is fairly decent. Although there are better (more expensive) solutions, don't be too quick to dismiss it.

It could just be that you don't have good airflow through the case.
Give these articles a read and make sure you have some good airflow, and I suspect that your temperatures will drop considerably. You clearly have the fans for it.

How To: Properly Plan For An Air-Cooled PC:
Part 1: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cooling-airflow-hea...
Part 2: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cooling-air-pressur...
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January 14, 2014 12:55:07 PM

another thing you can do is apply better thermal paste, the Arctic Silver is often cited as good and can lower temps by a few Celsius overall
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January 14, 2014 5:56:29 PM

tacotuesdays said:
I have a Zalman Z11 Plus case with all the stock fans in it, plus a second at the top for exhaust. Not quite sure if the two side fans are intakes but got the case because of its huge number of fans already. I've got three total at the top/back pushing air out.

I don't overclock it because it performs fine as is but in some games I see the temps running up to 60-61 (also have a warning set to 60 because I have blue screened before) and use AI Suite II for monitoring and controlling everything. My temps hover around 58-59 normally with them going to 60 sometimes. I'm idling at 49 right now with the MB temp at 32. Stock heatsink for it as well as turbo fan settings for this..

Mainly, I just want to know if I should throw another intake fan at the bottom to take care of it or if it would be better to get a heatsink. I just don't like it hovering that close to the threshold. I just don't want to drop like 30+ on a heatsink if it's only going to drop me a couple degrees because intake is an issue but on the other hand I'd rather get a new heatsink if the stock one is just that bad and I'm not going to see any notable difference with more intake.

As a bit of side information as well, I've been looking at a lot of charts for temps with heatsinks and all but it's difficult to find comparisons to the stock AMD one since it seems all the tests get run on Intel chips so it's hard to tell what kind of a difference I'd be looking at compared to what I've currently got.


personally ive used the fx line of processors
mainly older gen bulldozer 8120

getting a aftermarket tends to be good i was idling at 37c and when gaming i was round 45-50c

what i did
mx4 paste
212 plus or similar cooler
extra fan ( since it came with mounts for a extra fan)


cpu cooler and extra fan and thermal paste
if you cant get the extra fan get the mx4 paste the stock paste is appauling with coolermaster it really hinders its cooling
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Plus-RR-B10-2...

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Blade-120-Radiators...

http://www.amazon.com/ARCTIC-MX-4-Carbon-Based-Thermal-...

cleaner for cleaning old muck of cpu and get some cotton swabs to dip in this solution so you can clean cpu and dry it off with anti static cloth or coffee filter

http://www.amazon.com/Isopropyl-Alcohol-Volume-Plastic-...

apply 2 pea size dots is what i find you need get a gift card hard plastic ( no credit cards or anything with a foil like substance round card as this will contaminate paste) spread the paste with the card evenly ( do not lift card while spreading doing so causes bubbles) eventually youll just see nothing of the top metal. attach cooler and plug in once clamped down go around the edges of where cpu meets the cooler with a cotton swab this gets rid of excess and makes a seal.

plug in and go your experiance may differ from mine since yours is newer gen but thats should mean less heat due to power consumption is better with fx viresha.

my guess only is youll drop by quite a bit on the idle temp and load temp.

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January 14, 2014 6:24:05 PM

Before you take any spending money advice. Consider looking at a piledriver/bulldozer OC'ing guide. By turning off turbo boost and managing/lowering your voltage manually you can reduce temperatures. Although you will probably get an aftermarket heatsink anyways.
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