Just put together my new system. CPU is a C2D E8500, stock HSF with AS5. What kind of temperatures should I be seeing? I've downloaded SpeedFan and Real Temp. SpeedFan gives the idle temps as, on average:
Core 0: 52
Core 1: 45
Real Temp shows the cores at 43 for 0 and 35 fpr 1, on average.
Now I know there'll always be a discrepancy between monitoring programs, and that's not what I'm asking about. I'm wondering whether, judging by the overall picture of those two readings, the temps are too high. Shouldn't they all be in the 30s? I'm not overclocking.
My ambient temperature is around 80 deg f, I have my 8400 OC to 3.5Ghz, my temps are about 44 at idle with a xigmatek rifle. My cores are only about 1 to 2 deg C diffrent, but it seems there is a lot of varaiton in relative core temps.
Your temps could be a bit high, if your room is around 70 but if you arent planning on OC then there are well within normal operating perams.
The only temps to really worry about are your load temps, your idle is well within the safety zone.
Your CPU cooler most likely has a push pin which is not securely seated. You can check it by pressing down on each corner one at a time for about 30 seconds while in turn watching the temperature. When you see a signficant drop, then you've found your loose pin.
Those idle temps are too high. Did you use too much paste? You would have gotten lower temps with the stock preapplied gloop. No biggie however, you can always try again but remember push pins seem to get weaker every time they are reused.
The stock HSF that comes with wolfies is crap. Do yourself a favor and get a midrange or better aftermarket cooler. It's not hard to do better than the stock cooler.
Thanks for the replies. Man, the stock cooler really does blow---not just in cooling, but in installing as well. I think I sort of know what the problem is. The push pins on that HS are so awfully made and so hard to get in that I had to take it out several times to reseat it and get the pins to (sort of) stay put. And that must have messed up the paste layer.
I swore in every language I knew when installing a push pin cooler for the first time. After doing this several times little has changed. Why can't intel use a clip/lever retention like AM2 and many others before it? Those are so much easier to install it's funny.