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Did I botch the cooler installation? i7/mugen 2

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August 11, 2009 8:28:21 PM

My i7 D0 stepping idles around 42-43'C at stock 2.66GHz. I have the Mugen2 cooler installed with the room temperature at around 78'C-80'C.

I ran prime95 for 20minutes and it hit a high of 72'C.

Is this normal?

Did I screw up the HSF installation by using a bit too much thermal paste? (I used MX2, spread a thing layer on the cpu itself and a tiny rice sized grain on the heatsink plate...maybe that was a bit too much?)

Or is this because my room temperature is a bit high?
a b K Overclocking
August 11, 2009 8:35:53 PM

The load temps are pretty high. Have you tried re-seating it yet?
August 11, 2009 8:37:34 PM

Well, it's a Mugen 2, so reseating it means I need to take apart the entire computer and flip the motherboard upside down. =(
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August 11, 2009 9:43:36 PM

I overclocked it to 3.0GHz, dropped the voltage down to 1.125v and now it maxes out at 67'C-69'C during a prime95 run. :D 

stupid DX58SO intel board auto-voltage = failZ
a b K Overclocking
August 12, 2009 12:24:42 AM

^lol. That's the case with all "auto" settings on most boards.
August 12, 2009 1:14:11 AM

aye. I'm angry at my Biostar TP43 board, which is supposedly "good for overclocking" yet doesn't even have the option to manually set the cpu voltage in BIOS. >_<
a c 86 K Overclocking
August 12, 2009 2:59:43 AM

Yea, you might of done too much paste. Bigger than a grain of rice, smaller than a small pea. Put in the middle, place cooler gently, twist just a bit and mount it, cros screwing the threads slowly.

Only you'll know if your temps are better. Does your case have a back panel? While the mobo is out cut a hole to access the back of the mobo for the HS, just have to remove the back cover.

August 12, 2009 4:38:24 AM

I was told from Biostar tech support, that only the T series motherboards allow voltage control. Yet they don't? >_<
August 12, 2009 4:46:29 AM

AKM880 said:
I was told from Biostar tech support, that only the T series motherboards allow voltage control. Yet they don't? >_<

Voltage control as in the motherboard auto-"controlling" the voltage, then yes. >_<
August 12, 2009 2:42:21 PM

there is a reason why good boards costs extra when you want to OC...

Lets go ppl get on the train of using quality boards for OC, or else expect less

and the auto *** is just pure bull, please don't use...
August 12, 2009 6:08:02 PM

Yeah, I didn't want to go with a Biostar motherboard but it was the onyl one for my socket. The was no voltage control..:( 
August 14, 2009 2:27:12 PM

Bluescreendeath said:
My i7 D0 stepping idles around 42-43'C at stock 2.66GHz. I have the Mugen2 cooler installed with the room temperature at around 78'C-80'C.


80 degrees Celsius = 176 degrees Fahrenheit you must be just about dead ?
August 14, 2009 2:30:03 PM

and he is idleing around half that temp, jesus lol TEC cooler or something?
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