First question - what should I use against the jtmax for my Q9300 - cpu temp or core temp? What about intel's published tjmax for my chip - 71.4C - is that core or cpu temp?
Next- I just instllaed a swiftech h20-220 liquid cooling for the cpu (currently running prime on it as I type) - the weirdness comes in those temps I mentioned. I had a xigmatek s1283 prior - and below are the temps before and now:
CURRENT OC SETUP
vcore 1.304 (droop to 1.28)
Ambient Temp 27C
CPU - idle 30c
CPU - load 50c
Core - idle 44c (hottest of all 4 cores - core1)
Core - load 70c
sigh - no comments? Am I truly alone on this one? =(
Just wanted to update with a test I did - basically dropped my Q9300 down to stock speeds (2.5Ghz) and set vcore to a low 1.008v - then ran prime95 - here are the temps, with the swiftech liquid cooling:
idle core- 44C
load core- 52C
Seems even at a low voltage (manually undervolted it to -0.100v from stock 1.112) that the idle core temp reads 44C - is that normal for Q9300 at no load?
For an Apogee waterblock with builtin pump, 63C load under 27C ambient is about right.
Delta between load and idle is 19C, that's very typical for an overclocked C2Q of around 3.4Ghz.
Remember those values should not be treated as absolute. Relative difference between idle and load should be the main focus.
For example my Q6600 @3.72Ghz 1.5225V the difference can be more than 26C even for a heavy duty water loop.