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i5 3570k high temps

Hey Everyone,

My new i5 3570k arrived today to replace my i3 2120. For now, I have it running on an H61 (Updated BIOS) 'till I can afford a Z77 and a better cooler.

Thing is, I'm trying to check the temperatures with Open Hardware Monitor. I tested it with GTA IV (And GTX 660), and:

Cpu core shows 77c (max)
While:
Cpu core #1 88c
Cpu core #2 84c
Cpu core #3 84c
Cpu core #4 85c

All of them, Max temps. I think there's no need to say this are high temps, I know that. By the way, Intel's turbo mode is enabled so the clock speed went up to 3791mhz.

Any temporary solutions? Underclock it? Disable intel's turbo? I know this is not the adequate mother nor cpu cooler for this unlocked i5, I'll have that (hopefully) next month, so avoid that.

Should I try back the stock cooler that I was using with the i3? Maybe this stock cooler just fails
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    I don't think that the temperatures are related to the motherboard or the turbo boost settings. It sounds like you installed the heat-sync or thermal paste incorrectly. I would advice reading this article and verify that everything is seated and installed properly.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/thermal-paste-heat-sink-heat-spreader,3600.html
  2. Stock cooler is crap and 3570K is hot

    Stock with Turbo for my old 3570K at 20c ambient running prime95 would bring temps to about 85c+
    (Turbo only to 3.5/3.6ghz due to high load)

    As always, check to make sure everything is installed properly
  3. Hello,

    What are the idle temps? They should hover around 30C - 35C. If not, double check the cooler installation, as jkhoward suggested.
    It could be also the board itself by putting too much voltage into that CPU, as the H61's were the low-ends for Sandy Bridge.
  4. Idle temps are 43c to 47c, so not good at all. Would you say it's a good idea to lowe the voltages? Even if that's possible on an H61. Stock cooler was installed properly, and since thermal paste comes pre-applied, I doubt there was any problem with that either
  5. what are your ambient temps?
  6. That would be 12c - 15c so that's why I'm concerned. By the way the voltages are set @ 0.984v according to the bios
  7. those votlages aren't high at all
  8. Alright then, tomorrow I'll order a new thermal paste and re apply it. 70% rubbing alcohol would be ok to remove it? And one very last question, what should I do to keep my cpu temps cooler these days? I won't play any games, but anything that gets me below 50c by simple web browsing or skype would work.
  9. 70% is good enough if you don't have anything better

    Maybe get your case temps down with better case cooling, don't have the PC in a constricted place
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