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Q9550 3.0Ghz w/ Tuniq Tower 120 = Temps are High?

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May 17, 2014 9:10:28 PM

CPU: C2Q Q9550
MOBO: GA-EP35-DS3R
RAM: 3x2GB DDR2 PC-6400 (400Mhz)
HSF: Tuniq Tower 120
GPU: Palit GeForce® GTX 460 Sonic Platinum



What's up with my temps? too high right? Please help me to lower my temps. I just bought this Tuniq Tower 120 Cooler yesterday(Second Owner) - I already re-seat the cooler and already cleaned it and re-Thermal Paste.

375x5 = 3000

My voltage is 1.20v and others set to default.
So what should I do?? Do I need to set something? or what? I already Disabled the things that conflicts the OC like C1E , Intel SpeedStep , etc etc..

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a c 1146 à CPUs
May 17, 2014 9:18:52 PM

If those are idle temps, yes they are too high. Are you using the fan sped controller that came with it? Or direct wired to MB header? What were the temps with the stock cooler on?

I would suspect incorrect mounting. Do the heat pipes feel hot to the touch?
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May 17, 2014 9:26:37 PM

clutchc said:
If those are idle temps, yes they are too high. Are you using the fan sped controller that came with it? Or direct wired to MB header? What were the temps with the stock cooler on?

I would suspect incorrect mounting. Do the heat pipes feel hot to the touch?


Pipes are not that kinda hot. and yet those are idle temps, with Google Chrome open. I don't use Fan controller because the one that I bought doesn't have controller that came with it. Its Direct wired to MB.

This is with the Ice Edge Mini FS (Cheap)

should I worry about failing CPU or not? :/ 

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a c 378 à CPUs
May 17, 2014 10:44:29 PM

1) Please confirm if you are stress testing the CPU or if these temperatures are when idling?

2) Read your Motherboard Manual and configure the optimal settings (i.e. AUTO) but don't overclock yet.

*BTW, by disabling Speedstep you are messing with the Power Management for the CPU. Read THIS:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpeedStep

With Speedstep on your temperatures would go down in idle mode since the frequency and voltage would drop. Again though, you should generally have the DEFAULT settings for your CPU setup.
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May 17, 2014 11:37:33 PM

photonboy said:
1) Please confirm if you are stress testing the CPU or if these temperatures are when idling?

2) Read your Motherboard Manual and configure the optimal settings (i.e. AUTO) but don't overclock yet.

*BTW, by disabling Speedstep you are messing with the Power Management for the CPU. Read THIS:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpeedStep

With Speedstep on your temperatures would go down in idle mode since the frequency and voltage would drop. Again though, you should generally have the DEFAULT settings for your CPU setup.


yes its on idle. so you saying that i should enable EIST when im oc'ing?
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May 17, 2014 11:53:20 PM

I did try enabling EIST. But core 0 reach 62deg when running chrome. highest and 56 normal
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a c 1146 à CPUs
May 18, 2014 11:41:15 AM

quletadik23 said:
clutchc said:
If those are idle temps, yes they are too high. Are you using the fan sped controller that came with it? Or direct wired to MB header? What were the temps with the stock cooler on?

I would suspect incorrect mounting. Do the heat pipes feel hot to the touch?


Pipes are not that kinda hot. and yet those are idle temps, with Google Chrome open. I don't use Fan controller because the one that I bought doesn't have controller that came with it. Its Direct wired to MB.

This is with the Ice Edge Mini FS (Cheap)

should I worry about failing CPU or not? :/ 



At those kind of temps, the heat pipes should be almost too hot to the touch. Maybe they are not getting the heat transferred to them properly. An incorrect mounting or poor thermal paste application could cause that. Or possibly a faulty cooler.

The CPU being faulty would be the last of the things I'd suspect. But I wouldn't OC until you solve it. Put the stock cooler back on temporarily and check the temps with it.
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May 18, 2014 8:32:47 PM

clutchc said:
quletadik23 said:
clutchc said:
If those are idle temps, yes they are too high. Are you using the fan sped controller that came with it? Or direct wired to MB header? What were the temps with the stock cooler on?

I would suspect incorrect mounting. Do the heat pipes feel hot to the touch?


Pipes are not that kinda hot. and yet those are idle temps, with Google Chrome open. I don't use Fan controller because the one that I bought doesn't have controller that came with it. Its Direct wired to MB.

This is with the Ice Edge Mini FS (Cheap)

should I worry about failing CPU or not? :/ 



At those kind of temps, the heat pipes should be almost too hot to the touch. Maybe they are not getting the heat transferred to them properly. An incorrect mounting or poor thermal paste application could cause that. Or possibly a faulty cooler.

The CPU being faulty would be the last of the things I'd suspect. But I wouldn't OC until you solve it. Put the stock cooler back on temporarily and check the temps with it.


too bad, i don't have the stock cooler anymore. :(  I already re-seat my HSF 3 times yesterday, and still temps are not changing.
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a c 1146 à CPUs
May 18, 2014 8:41:46 PM

Maybe that's why the 1st owner decided to sell it... ?
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May 18, 2014 9:07:27 PM

clutchc said:
Maybe that's why the 1st owner decided to sell it... ?


he said its been stocked so I need to clean it, and he ain't using it anymore because he got an i7.
if its a cooler problem, u got any advice how can I fix it?
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a c 1146 à CPUs
May 18, 2014 9:17:59 PM

quletadik23 said:
clutchc said:
Maybe that's why the 1st owner decided to sell it... ?


he said its been stocked so I need to clean it, and he ain't using it anymore because he got an i7.
if its a cooler problem, u got any advice how can I fix it?


If it's the cooler itself, sorry. No. It may have lost its coolant inside the heat pipes. A tiny fissure could have opened and the stuff evaporated into the air. Or not. I don't know.
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May 18, 2014 9:41:02 PM

clutchc said:
quletadik23 said:
clutchc said:
Maybe that's why the 1st owner decided to sell it... ?


he said its been stocked so I need to clean it, and he ain't using it anymore because he got an i7.
if its a cooler problem, u got any advice how can I fix it?


If it's the cooler itself, sorry. No. It may have lost its coolant inside the heat pipes. A tiny fissure could have opened and the stuff evaporated into the air. Or not. I don't know.


Well I think there is nothing I can do. I just have to live with it. but I think its the processor? because my recent HSF was like this, the cheap one. (Edge Mini FS) or will motherboard can cause an issue like this?
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a c 1146 à CPUs
May 19, 2014 2:11:12 PM

I don't know any way the MB could be at fault.

Even a 'cheap' aftermarket cooler like the one you mention should be sufficient to keep idle temps normal. The processor itself could be failing. Or you could be applying the thermal paste incorrectly or the mtg procedure could be done incorrectly.

Is the cooler's fan spinning all the time? It isn't stopping sometimes, is it? As mentioned above, leave speedstep enabled. It will keep temps cooler at idle.
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May 20, 2014 4:01:24 AM

clutchc said:
I don't know any way the MB could be at fault.

Even a 'cheap' aftermarket cooler like the one you mention should be sufficient to keep idle temps normal. The processor itself could be failing. Or you could be applying the thermal paste incorrectly or the mtg procedure could be done incorrectly.

Is the cooler's fan spinning all the time? It isn't stopping sometimes, is it? As mentioned above, leave speedstep enabled. It will keep temps cooler at idle.


BTW, This picture below is on stock clock speed and NORMAL voltage and all Defaults on BIOS.
I don't know why real temp is reporting wrong clock speed, but CPU-ID do report correctly

I did a Sensor Test and this is what I got.



is there something wrong with it? Maybe a fail temp readings? or something?
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a c 1146 à CPUs
May 20, 2014 11:29:15 AM

I suppose it is possible that the temps sensors are not accurate anymore (or ever were). But if so, it is something I've never come across before. 50C + idling is too warm. But I notice that the max temp reported was mid-high 60Cs. If that was during a stress test, it isn't all that bad. The max operating temp for that processor is 71.4C: http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/Core_2/Intel-Core%202%20Q...

Try this. Run the default 10 run pass with Intel Burn test http://www.techspot.com/downloads/4965-intelburntest.ht...
But keep an eye on temps. If the temp gets above 72C for anything other than a momentary spike, stop the test. IBT will take your processor to extremes rapidly and if it passes the 10 run default (and temps stayed SAFE), the processor should be OK. If it fails or the temps get too high, I would not OC that CPU.
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May 20, 2014 11:11:17 PM

clutchc said:
I suppose it is possible that the temps sensors are not accurate anymore (or ever were). But if so, it is something I've never come across before. 50C + idling is too warm. But I notice that the max temp reported was mid-high 60Cs. If that was during a stress test, it isn't all that bad. The max operating temp for that processor is 71.4C: http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/Core_2/Intel-Core%202%20Q...

Try this. Run the default 10 run pass with Intel Burn test http://www.techspot.com/downloads/4965-intelburntest.ht...
But keep an eye on temps. If the temp gets above 72C for anything other than a momentary spike, stop the test. IBT will take your processor to extremes rapidly and if it passes the 10 run default (and temps stayed SAFE), the processor should be OK. If it fails or the temps get too high, I would not OC that CPU.


I did the IBT and it said it passed the 10 test. The Max temps is 72 core0
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May 21, 2014 8:28:42 AM

quletadik23 said:


I did the IBT and it said it passed the 10 test. The Max temps is 72 core0


Is that at stock speed or OC'd? Either way, I'd say that was your safe limit with the present cooling solution.
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