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Q6600 running hot

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March 15, 2008 1:27:59 AM

This is my first build:
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC
Antec earthwatts EA500
GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro
Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
BFG Tech GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB
Western Digital Caviar SE 250GB
SAMSUNG Black 20X DVD+R
Windows Vista Home Basic 32 bit (OEM)

I just got done overclocking the video card:
70% fan speed
Core: 802 mhz
Shader: 1966 mhz
Memory: 972 mhz

The card now runs ~20C cooler than it did stock (was 67C idle, 78C loaded).

Before OCing the Q6600, I ran coretemp and hwmonitor, and they both show my cores to be 54, 52, 54, 51 C at idle. When I ran Prime95, the cores were at ~65C loaded.

Thoughts? What should I do?

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March 15, 2008 1:38:13 AM

I used Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste. I DID NOT use sandpaper on either the HSF or CPU surfaces. It sounds like I can drop 10C doing this, but it seems like my cores are hotter than they should be.
My room is ~70F. None of the case vents are blocked....
March 15, 2008 2:27:39 AM

Did you have any goals in mind, and yes, lapping the processor and heat sink can lower your temps a lil bit extra. For the 5 bucks in sand paper, its worth it.

As far as the processor, it does appear to be a bit hot. Can you put things back on stock when you get the chance, with speedstep disabled, and then run core temp 0.96.1 and list the VID and revision!


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March 15, 2008 5:28:50 AM

As long as your cpu core temp is 65C or lower, it's fine really. I had mine go up to 68C after 8hours of Prine95.
March 15, 2008 10:20:07 AM

I know everyone seems to love the freezer pro 7... but it really doesn't look like it will give you massive cooling. I myself have the Thermalright IFX-14... and I don't think I have ever seen the machine get much past about 40-45 C (at stock speed... can't OC... sigh!)... doing things like video encoding, rendering, and the like. I do play games but nothing cutting edge (AoE3 Asians probably current higest demand game I play)

The main thing I like is the fact it should really last for 10 - 20 years... assuming don't change the mounting brackets. No moving parts... and takes nothing to replace the fan. That was one of the two reasons I bought it... the other was because it was tops in the cooler lists here on toms... outside of water (which I am not brave enough to even look at).

It is a bit of a pain to install if you follow their directions... but it really is not so bad. Plus, if don't have the room for the IF-10 don't need to put it on.
March 15, 2008 8:19:06 PM

Guys I figured out the problem. I had the HSF pointed the wrong way. I put it on correctly, and my cores are ~37C idle and <60C loaded w/ a 3.4 ghz OC.

Thanks for the help
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