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Need advice and help on core i7 OC w/ PICs

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July 4, 2009 12:29:55 AM

Alright, I am going to post pics of Real Temp, CPU-Z, and Easy Tune to give a better idea of hardware and settings used and hopefully that will provide a better picture. One of the things I am concerned about is overall temperature of the system. I currently have the Cooler Master HAF 932, Xigmatek Dark Knight CPU cooler, and Tuniq TX-2 thermal compound and I thought I definitely would not have to worry about temps at all! PLENTY on space, cables all tie-wrapped in the back, awesome thermal compound, and an overall excellent performing CPU cooler, but I am starting to worry that maybe something is wrong. See picture...
IDLE Temps with Real Temp at 3.0Ghz OC (will post settings later on in post)

LOAD Temps with Real Temp at 3.0 Ghz OC

Easy Tune Temps

Now, I have played around with having the fan blow at variable speeds and from anywhere from 10-100% with only a few degrees difference. ALSO, I have already re-applied the Tuniq TX-2 compound twice, I've tried with medium amount of compound (thin even layer), to a very thin/very little amount, to what I have now which I applied three streaks of compound and then evened out on the chip ( the most compound applied, but coolest - it seems). Are these normal temps? I mean I have a D0 stepping processor and I'm feeling some-what disappointed at it's performance so far, and I already know OC is very YMMV and not guaranteed, but this seems off. I was debating the i7 975 at first, but decided on this because of the overwhelming reviews of how well it OC. Should I consider RMa'ing this CPU and/or the motherboard and heatsink back to NewEgg?

Here is some more info on my system from CPU-Z...

Here is info from Easy Tune detailing what is configured right now...

Now the system ran very similar (in temps) at stock speeds; about ~38-43C IDLE and ~58-63C LOAD

Also, here is what I wrote down in case Easy Tune did not have all the information...

CPU Vcore = 1.25000v
DRAM = 1.600v
QPI/Vtt Voltage = 1.200v
BCLK = 150mhz
+5v = 5.053v
Memory = 1200mhz
PCI-E = 100mhz
Multiplier = 20x
QPI Link Speed = AUTO
Performance Enhance = Standard
System Memory Multiplier = 8.0x
Memory Frequency = 1066 1200
DRAM Timing Selectable = Manual
7-7-7-16-1t for all three sticks
Turbo Boost = Enabled
CPU Cores Enabled = ALL
Multi-Threading = Enabled
C1E -= Enabled
C3/C6/C7 = Disabled

-------------------------System Components------------------------------
Cooler Master HAF 932 case
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V
OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache x3 RAID 0
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound
Samsung SH-S223L DVD Burner
EVGA 896-P3-1173-AR GeForce GTX 275 FTW Edition 896MB 448-bit DDR3

Should I have gotten the Gigabyte x58 Extreme motherboard instead or a EVGA CLASSIFIED one?

Thanks for all the help!!

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July 4, 2009 1:44:12 AM

Look normal for Core i7, with 98.5 % load temps. But if you need more answers, go to EVGA Forum boards. They have a Thread there on OC the X58 boards.

I did see some difference between the 2 pics of the Real Temp, which was the TJMax settings.
July 4, 2009 2:23:43 AM

your temps look great. IMO anything under ~65C while at 100% load is good. My CPU hits around 66C when it's been under 100% load for an hour or so.
July 6, 2009 5:53:36 PM

yes those are normal for Air cooling ,that is why I went water and my temps @ 4.5Ghz are 40c-60c 24/7 thats with speedstep/turbo disabled manaul set 21x215=4.51Ghz and vcore @1.38v memory@ 1290 (6-6-6-18)2T (1.64v)