Hi i've been to the site a lot of times just never registered or had to post anything..
I just put together a new computer for myself and im loving everything about it except it seems that the processor reading is pretty hot. Im using Speedfan as well as the Nvidia System Monitor that came with the mobo.
So this is the situation....
I have a Q9650 proc @ 3.0ghz right now with XFX 790 board and the IDLE temperature is 52-54c. The motherboard reading is usually 28-30c, no problems there. So I thought that possibly the stock heatsink would be the problem. So I ran out to get a Zalman (CNPS8700 LED) heatsink + fan. Removed old thermal compound, applied a thin layer of the new stuff. affixed heatsink. STILL reading high temps.
Now the strange thing is here, 50c is hot but when you touch the grill or heat pipe of the heatsink it does not feel like 50c, not at all. Its only when im playing a game and the reading hits 65 is when i start to feel heat.
I've stuck a large fan, you know one to keep yourself cool in the summer, in the side of the open case. the temp will lower 4-8c but still wouldn't 44c be hot for IDLE temperatures?
I have a 120 fan's bringing in air in the front and blowing out the back, Fans off and fans on the temp is still the same. I have a CPU fan speed controller, when adjusted fast or slow the temp only moves 1-2c. I thought perhaps I messed up with the thermal compound so I removed the compound and applied a thin layer again, but everything remains the same. I don't have any instatiblility problems, everything runs pretty good. The only thing I have a problem with is the RAM. its clocked for 2000mhz, but if i move it from 1333 to 2000 I get multiple different blue screen errors. If I keep the ram at 1333 I don't have any problems with the computer freezing at these temperatures.
The only thing I can come up with is the front/rear fans, but i dont think its going to make much of a difference if I get newer ones. When they are off the temp does not move much. BIOS also gives me same reading.
it means your heatsink whatever you use is not seated properly. when I did my build I went straight to bios to see temps is the heatsink makes good contact with cpu and it was idling @ 60c lol ;o I unscrew the heatsink, clean it off including heatsink and applied new thin coat on the heatsikn and on cpu....then it was idling at 29c so i was happy.
Thanks for all the replies people ^^. I have real temp open right now and im seeing 40-41c. Is this the real temp? what is "distance to TJMax" ? TJMax is the temps im seeing in speedfan and nvidia's system monitor program