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New Intel Q9450 (2.66Ghz) CPU Idle Temp Equiry

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March 25, 2008 6:59:43 AM

Hey there guys,

Today I managed to get my hands on a new Intel Q9450 and upgraded from my old Q6600.

I'm a little concerned at the idle temp of my Q9450.

I'm using a Zalman 9700NT pure copper cooler my average idle temp for my Q6600 running at a stock speed of 2.4Ghz was ranging from 30 to 34.

I assumed with the Q9450 that considering that it is based on 45nm wafer that it would run cooler therefore my idle temps would be lower that what I was achieving with my Q6600 but my current idle temp for the Q9450 ranges from 38 to 40.

Does this sound about right to you guys?

I would appreciate any feedback.

Vio|37
March 25, 2008 8:38:12 AM

Check the fan fitting. I bent my fan pins to make the seal a little tighter. Then my temperature went down 10c. Also make sure you use enough thermal paste.
40c idle isn't bad anyway and I am sure your Zalman is plenty good enough.
March 25, 2008 9:09:48 AM

I was gonna buy a q9300 today but I opted for the E8400 because it was a lot cheaper in price $212.00 compared to $299.00 at Frys, both with the same cache 6mb plus its 3.0GHz also . If they would have had the Intel Q9450 for $299.00 with 12mb cache then it would have been worth it, but I know it was like $549.00 and out of stock. Too bad im not a millionaire, but hey if you got the money why not right. How much did you end up paying for it, I figure close to $400.00 bucks.
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March 25, 2008 12:46:11 PM

viol37 said:

Today I managed to get my hands on a new Intel Q9450 and upgraded from my old Q6600.


Well how on earth did you manage THAT?
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March 25, 2008 12:49:48 PM

I would check the voltage settings and make sure they are set to the normal for the CPU or normal. When you leave the mobo to regulate the voltage auto, it normally ups it more than needed.

When I was OC'ing my Q6600 I left it on auto and at 3GHz it would set the voltage to about 1.32v when it was very stable at 1.25v or lower.

Then check the HSF seating.
March 26, 2008 11:01:41 AM

snarfies1 said:
Well how on earth did you manage THAT?

Some retailers doesn't adhere to Intel's release date. My retailer has them for sale since last weekend.

Anyways. to the OP: what are you using to read the temps?
March 26, 2008 11:32:11 AM

chiadog said:
Some retailers doesn't adhere to Intel's release date. My retailer has them for sale since last weekend.

Anyways. to the OP: what are you using to read the temps?


Can your retailer say when the actual release date is supposed to be? I've heard several different dates and I think they have passed, so I'd be interested to hear what the date is supposed to be.
March 26, 2008 11:50:13 AM

Loose the Zalman, put a fan on your NB and let us know what that baby will do!
March 26, 2008 12:30:22 PM

They just told me they had it, so I didn't ask for official date. Not that it matters to me, as long as I can buy it :p  (which I am thinking about doing... along with a 98GTX when it is out.)
May 15, 2008 1:39:12 AM

I just (5 min ago) got my new system up and running. I've got a Q9450 idlling at 22 degrees celsius....sweet! I'm using Thermalright's 120 Extreme.
May 15, 2008 1:56:50 AM

oh hold on......I was using my mobo's program (gigabyte's easytune) to record temperature....

I tried with "realtemp" and it's telling me i'm idlling at 40 degree celsius
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