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New Q6600 Runs At 55c Idle, Is This Normal?

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July 5, 2007 2:19:53 AM

hey guys, great forum here. i just bought a q6600 to replace my e6600. my q6600 is running at 55c at idle at like 63c at load. whats going on? its a stock cooler out of the box. the fan is also running at 4600rpm. i thought the core 2s were suppose to run cool and quiet? anyone ran into this problem before, is my cpu messed up>? running at 1.25v. thanks

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July 5, 2007 11:47:04 AM

Sounds like it could be how the cooler is attached see previous posts for links on how to sort it. If you do set the fan speed to varying that results in slightly higher idle temperatures.

As for the load temperatures you cant say much unless you state the ambient temperature and the tool and version you used to measure the temperature. There is a large variation. see
http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/Core-Temp-95-in...
July 5, 2007 12:29:33 PM

try to remove the heatsink and re-install it
July 5, 2007 7:03:11 PM

i installed the cooler when my motherboard was already inside the case. should i take it out and redo the cooler?
July 6, 2007 2:21:05 AM

what should my cpu idle at? i replaced the q6600 chip and added better thermal paste and now my cpu idles at 45c is this a normal idle temp? thanks.
July 6, 2007 6:47:59 PM

im not sure what the temps should be for that CPU bu 45c isnt that bad, as long as it doesn't go over 60c i wouldn't worry :wink:
July 6, 2007 6:58:50 PM

thanks for the advise, i went back to frys and had them test out my mobo, for some reason the mobo i had originally purchased ran the chip at 55c idle, so i had them replace my mobo with a new one and tested it right there. it dropped down to 39c idle, since frys is airconditioned thats not a fair assessment, when i brought it home it idles at about 45c, which is expected. so i guess everything works fine now after i replaced the processor and the board. i'm not gonna try any more overclocking until i get a better cooler, right now i have it at 2.7ghz and whenever the cpu loads over 55c the fan sounds like an airplane.
July 6, 2007 8:02:05 PM

Im actually surprised your ram only gets 5.6/5.6 vista rating. Very surprising. What speed and latencies have you got it running at?
July 6, 2007 8:41:29 PM

i have my timings on 5-4-4-12. given that -- most ddr2 800 will score 5.0 in vistas rating because there is 1333mhz now, that being 5.9. the 5.5 rating is .5 above what vista should give a ddr2 6400 ram. the highest i've gotten my ram rating to is 5.8 w/ the my quad core clocked at 3ghz, but i put it to 2.7ghz now because my stock cooler cannot handle 3ghz for a long period of time. but being that 5.9 is the highest getting a 5.8 w/ my quad clocked at 3ghz that is pretty damn good for ddr2 6400. so, i'm looking for a good cooler, air cool or watercool so i can safely put my cpu at 3ghz, any suggestions?
July 6, 2007 9:39:30 PM

I have a q6600 I average between 38-45 degrees and 52-56 if I am playing a game.

Your 45 degrees is normal assuming you have about 18-22 ambient.
July 6, 2007 9:46:34 PM

Go Water to OC...
Spend the cash and build a danger den, cost a lot, but there sweet and the best.

The q6600 burn-up on air, stay at like 2.7 ghz because you’ll notice its already running at like 65 degrees. I would be really surprised if people get 3.0ghz on a q6600 with any Air heatsink.
July 7, 2007 9:54:23 AM

Quote:
Go Water to OC...
Spend the cash and build a danger den, cost a lot, but there sweet and the best.

The q6600 burn-up on air, stay at like 2.7 ghz because you’ll notice its already running at like 65 degrees. I would be really surprised if people get 3.0ghz on a q6600 with any Air heatsink.

There are people that have actually hit stable 3.0GHz on air but for long term operation, 2.7-2.8GHz is the most frequent, mostly because of the temps.
June 2, 2011 12:33:16 PM

grieve said:
Go Water to OC...
Spend the cash and build a danger den, cost a lot, but there sweet and the best.

The q6600 burn-up on air, stay at like 2.7 ghz because you’ll notice its already running at like 65 degrees. I would be really surprised if people get 3.0ghz on a q6600 with any Air heatsink.


This isn't quite true for me at least. I have been running the Q6600 on stock air cooler at 3 GHz stable since I got the processor 2 years ago. Actually I've been at 3.12 for a bit. My FSB is locked at 345 which gives me a FSB of 1382.5. My temps are idle around 42-45 C and top out at 52-58 C (sometimes under extreme load you'll see go up to 65C) This has been fine for me the whole time I've had it. I'm using an Asus P5Q-PRO for the motherboard, on Kingston Hyper something something memory rated at 1066. Hope this helps anyone considering do an overclock to the Q6600.

P.S. This was the G0 version of the q6600...
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