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March 31, 2014 10:00:41 PM

The ambient temperature of my room is around 30°C to 35°C during the summer. My AMD stock cooler on my desktop gets pretty loud during the afternoons and evenings. Sometimes, i can even hear screeching noises (i assume those are from the bearings) coming from the fan.

I ran a Stability test using AIDA64 for around 10 minutes and the max temps of all the components are as follows:

AMD FX-8320 (3.5GHz to 4GHz): 68°C
XFX Radeon 7850 (900MHz): 74°C
MB (GigaByte 970A-DS3 rev 3.0): 42°C
Northbridge: 76°C

Now, here are a few questions...
First of all, are my components overheating? (keeping in mind that it's summer)
The CPU fan stays at 5400-6300RPM. It is noisy as hell. Will this reduce the lifespan of the CPU fan?
I have a Cooler Master 334U mid tower chassis with five 120mm fans. Four are for intake and the rear one is for exhaust. Should I tweak/change anything for better performance?

P.S. I do not mind the CPU fan noise as long as it does not indicate a dying fan. I use Cooler Master V1 thermal grease.
March 31, 2014 10:03:50 PM

68 is a bit hot for the CPU, but considering most applications only use 4 cores and not all 8, you should never hit those temperatures in real workloads.

Rest is average for high usage.
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April 1, 2014 7:43:10 AM

I'm guessing the 68c is under load? Yea the new stock CPU fans Amd provides aren't good. To be safe I'd just pick up a new CPU fan, or cooler. It shouldn't be making screeching noises, so that leads me to think you might be running the risk of your fan dying and your CPU following that. As for your case fans, you have enough but if your CPU fan is messed up then those other fans won't matter much.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Around 18$

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2V5... Or replacement around 11$

I'd advise just getting it in case your CPU fan does die, especially under a heavy load you may fry your chip.
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April 1, 2014 9:33:32 AM

Equilibrio said:
I'm guessing the 68c is under load? Yea the new stock CPU fans Amd provides aren't good. To be safe I'd just pick up a new CPU fan, or cooler. It shouldn't be making screeching noises, so that leads me to think you might be running the risk of your fan dying and your CPU following that. As for your case fans, you have enough but if your CPU fan is messed up then those other fans won't matter much.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Around 18$

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2V5... Or replacement around 11$

I'd advise just getting it in case your CPU fan does die, especially under a heavy load you may fry your chip.


Well, it even goes up to 70 degrees or more. Keep the ambient temps in mind. The coolers you suggested cannot handle 128W TDP, I assume. The default cooler is a Cooler Master cooler that goes upto 6400 RPM. And I heard those sounds just once. Have not heard since then.

Also, I was running a stress test. It heats up my PC faster than playing NFS Rivals maxed out.
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April 1, 2014 9:38:51 AM

Your temps look fine especially considering your ambient temp of 30-35C. You could just have a noisy CPU fan. The Stock fans are usually pretty cheap and may be functionally fine, just noisy. You can always pick up a low cost aftermarket fan. There are several out there that are much better than stock cooling and have very quiet fans.

As far as FAN position. I don't believe your case has fan positions on the top so really your only exhaust would be your rear fan. I am assuming the other 4 intake fans are 2 in the front and 2 on the side, which would be correct. I don't think there is anything you can do differently with them to increase air flow. Your system seems to be fine especially considering your ambient temps. I'd personally upgrade your CPU cooler to something just a little bit better that isn't overly huge or overly expensive since you are running stock speeds.
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April 1, 2014 9:56:28 AM

jay2tall said:
Your temps look fine especially considering your ambient temp of 30-35C. You could just have a noisy CPU fan. The Stock fans are usually pretty cheap and may be functionally fine, just noisy. You can always pick up a low cost aftermarket fan. There are several out there that are much better than stock cooling and have very quiet fans.

As far as FAN position. I don't believe your case has fan positions on the top so really your only exhaust would be your rear fan. I am assuming the other 4 intake fans are 2 in the front and 2 on the side, which would be correct. I don't think there is anything you can do differently with them to increase air flow. Your system seems to be fine especially considering your ambient temps. I'd personally upgrade your CPU cooler to something just a little bit better that isn't overly huge or overly expensive since you are running stock speeds.


How will this cooler perform with my CPU and my current chassis?
http://www.coolermaster.com/cooling/cpu-air-cooler/hype...

And will it cool the 128W TDP CPU and also fit my chassis that has all the fans installed?
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April 1, 2014 10:22:01 AM

Oh okay you are right, I forgot the stock CPU fan has the bronze heat pipes. So the ones I suggested would be a downgrade. Looking at reviews of the Hyper x, it will be an improvement but not by much.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - You can probably find this on Ebay.....it beats the other 2, at the same price (if you can find it)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... The EVO 212 is better, cost more but it'll keep the 8320 cool with more headroom (160mm of room to install)

A quick look at your case, you have like 193mm of head room for the cooler. So you'll be pushing it if you pick up the Hyper tx with it being 192mm. All of these though will be an upgrade, and they won't be as loud.
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April 1, 2014 10:33:54 AM

If you keep both side fans installed you will probably need a 92MM cooler. I am a Thermalright fan and this is probably what I'd go with:
http://www.thermalright.com/html/products/cpu_cooler/tr...

However, you may want to consider removing the top side fan and installing a 120MM cooler as it would be much quieter and cool better.
The Cooler Master Evo 212 is a good cheap option. There are also low cost Thermalright 120MM coolers as well that I like.

One thing to consider with a 120MM cooler thought. You sometimes loose the RAM slot closest to the CPU because of the cooler width. If you only have 2 sticks of RAM you can just move them over. If you have low profile or RAM without coolers you are ok as well. If you have RAM with a tall cooler sometimes it's an issue. Just food for thought.
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April 1, 2014 10:50:37 AM

jay2tall said:
If you keep both side fans installed you will probably need a 92MM cooler. I am a Thermalright fan and this is probably what I'd go with:
http://www.thermalright.com/html/products/cpu_cooler/tr...

However, you may want to consider removing the top side fan and installing a 120MM cooler as it would be much quieter and cool better.
The Cooler Master Evo 212 is a good cheap option. There are also low cost Thermalright 120MM coolers as well that I like.

One thing to consider with a 120MM cooler thought. You sometimes loose the RAM slot closest to the CPU because of the cooler width. If you only have 2 sticks of RAM you can just move them over. If you have low profile or RAM without coolers you are ok as well. If you have RAM with a tall cooler sometimes it's an issue. Just food for thought.


I got low profile RAMs. Two sticks. I will go with the 92mm fans. Here, we have Cooler Master. Also, they have pretty decent service. I think I will get a Cooler Master Hyper TX3 EVO sometime this month. Another thing, I have a small spare 80mm fan. Now, the heatsink supports 2 92mm fans in push pull config. Can I add that 80mm instead of the 92mm in any way?
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April 1, 2014 5:12:52 PM

Rangan Das said:
jay2tall said:
If you keep both side fans installed you will probably need a 92MM cooler. I am a Thermalright fan and this is probably what I'd go with:
http://www.thermalright.com/html/products/cpu_cooler/tr...

However, you may want to consider removing the top side fan and installing a 120MM cooler as it would be much quieter and cool better.
The Cooler Master Evo 212 is a good cheap option. There are also low cost Thermalright 120MM coolers as well that I like.

One thing to consider with a 120MM cooler thought. You sometimes loose the RAM slot closest to the CPU because of the cooler width. If you only have 2 sticks of RAM you can just move them over. If you have low profile or RAM without coolers you are ok as well. If you have RAM with a tall cooler sometimes it's an issue. Just food for thought.


I got low profile RAMs. Two sticks. I will go with the 92mm fans. Here, we have Cooler Master. Also, they have pretty decent service. I think I will get a Cooler Master Hyper TX3 EVO sometime this month. Another thing, I have a small spare 80mm fan. Now, the heatsink supports 2 92mm fans in push pull config. Can I add that 80mm instead of the 92mm in any way?


I have the FX9350 overclocked to 4.8, and it easily hit the 70's in Prime95.

I'm using the H100 with push/pull.

That temperature range is normal for those chips. In games though, like BF4, it barely hits 50.

It's not often that you actually run all 8 cores at 100%, that's why it runs so hot. In a stress test, that's a normal temperature. There are temperature throttle features on the motherboard that should prevent it from frying.
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April 1, 2014 5:15:25 PM

AMD FX-8320 (3.5GHz to 4GHz): 68°C < Can throttle at 70 degrees and shutdown.
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April 2, 2014 2:57:50 AM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
AMD FX-8320 (3.5GHz to 4GHz): 68°C < Can throttle at 70 degrees and shutdown.


Considering the ambient temps and everything, how safe are these temps actually, given I live in the tropics and the temperature remains like this pretty much for half of the year. I am planning on a CM Hyper TX3 because that seems to suit my chassis. So, should I get that one, or just stay with the stock?
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April 2, 2014 8:31:01 AM

Rangan Das said:
SR-71 Blackbird said:
AMD FX-8320 (3.5GHz to 4GHz): 68°C < Can throttle at 70 degrees and shutdown.


Considering the ambient temps and everything, how safe are these temps actually, given I live in the tropics and the temperature remains like this pretty much for half of the year. I am planning on a CM Hyper TX3 because that seems to suit my chassis. So, should I get that one, or just stay with the stock?


The FX heatsink is aweful, you should change it with anything and you'll get ~10 degree drop.
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