Thermal Specification: 72.7°C
Thermal Specification: The thermal specification shown is the maximum case temperature at the maximum Thermal Design Power (TDP) value for that processor. It is measured at the geometric center on the topside of the processor integrated heat spreader. For processors without integrated heat spreaders such as mobile processors, the thermal specification is referred to as the junction temperature (Tj). The maximum junction temperature is defined by an activation of the processor Intel® Thermal Monitor. The Intel Thermal Monitor’s automatic mode is used to indicate that the maximum TJ has been reached.
IMO, alot of Intel, 1156, 1366 combination's run up to the 70's (core) try to stay south of the low 80's.
Yep, too hot, 73C is the Itel spec for the beginning of long term damage. try to drop the voltage. If your using auto settings, try to stay away from them.
You are talking about case temperatures which, except for a handful of real geeks, nobody has. CPU temperatures these days tend to be measured by core sensors and in the case of the i5-750 for instance the CPU is operating in specification under 99C IIRC.