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Possible i7 920 heat issues? :(

Last response: in Overclocking
December 4, 2009 8:38:29 PM

Good evening guys, was hoping someone with a good amount of overclocking experiance can give me some help!

I recently got myself a new PC, pre-built and overclocked, full specs can be found here ( i had the HD5770 graphics card option. not one to mess with overclocking tbh, however that offer was quite nice as i was in need of a new pc.

I decided to run a prime95 test to check the heat etc, after 6 minutes my cores were running at between 80-84c.
Im idle at about 50c.

Is this an ok heat to be at? as im rather worried im going to damage something...

My system specs are exactly as descriped in the link, and below in case the link doesnt work..

Case Coolermaster elite 335
Graphics Card HD 5770
Hard Drive Performance 7200RPM Options
Memory Corsair XMS3 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 (1600MHz) Tri-Channel
Motherboard Gigabyte EX58-UD3R Intel X58 (Socket 1366) PCI-Express DDR3 Motherboard
Optical Drive LG GH22NS30 22x DVD±RW SATA Dual Layer ReWriter
Power Supply Corsair TX 650W ATX2.2 SLI Compliant PSU
Processor Intel Core i7 920 2.66Ghz D0 Overclocked to 3.40GHz!
Processor Cooler Akasa AK-967 Nero Direct Contact Heatpipe CPU Cooler
Sound Card 7.1 High Definition OnBoard Sound Card
Other Arctic Silver 5 heatsink compound professionally hand installed by our technicians

Thanks for any help or info you can provide ;) 

More about : 920 heat issues

December 5, 2009 9:24:35 PM

I'll admit I am not an expert at overclocking but I can tell you a little.

1. the i7 gets hot when overclocked and needs a good aftermarket heat sink fan (HSF) to help. you have no aftermarket HSF from what I can tell, is this correct? The stock intel HSF are inadequate when used for overclockng.

2. the case has one fan from what I can read about it in specs on newegg, is this the correct case?

Buy a well reviewed aftermarket HSF and get someone to install it for you (or do it yourself). The HSF including thermal paste should be under $100. Read toms hardware reviews or go to this site for reviews

This is a great forum to help as well

good luck
December 5, 2009 9:42:29 PM


Thanks for the reply!

I have an after market cooler applied to the rig (

I think my solution is better air flow tbh, since the only cooling i have at the moment, is a 120m fan at the back and the normal cooling you would get with hardware etc.

I intend to buy another 120m fan to blow into the pc from the front, and ive also put an exhaust fan at the bottom directly below my graphics card.

Thanks for help :) 
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December 5, 2009 10:10:23 PM

Sounds good. I hope it makes the difference for you. :) 
May 9, 2012 3:42:58 AM

I just removed this cpu from a storm dead dell computer and put it in a custom build with a coolermaster hyper n520 hsf on a Asus Sabertooth board and it is running idle temps about the same, almost identical. It worries me a little bit, but it is in a Fractal Arc Midi case with great airflow and a cooler I'm happy with. I'll watch it and see if the temps drop...if not, nothing much lost. If I have to I'll just put it in the watercooled server case I'm not using.