I've been having issues with my E5200 temps slowly rising for no apparent reason. With TJmax set at 100* I am idling at 43 on average and load gets up near 70* with p95. A week or two ago it was in the 37/38 range. I am using a Xigmatek HDT-S963 model, and I am considering either a) upgrading to the S1283 model or something better since I have trouble with this one, or b) purchasing the retention bracket for $9. Which would be more effective?
I don't know how much better a 120mm is versus a 92mm and I really hate wasting money. And, I will only buy the bracket if it will actually decrease my temperatures... most reviews I've read have people using it on the much heaver 120mm model so I don't know how it will work here.
This is so annoying. CPU was stable forever and is currently at 3.1ghz 1.168v and 12.5x multiplier. Seems normal to me... didn't really push it hardly at all.
1) install the cooler with more compound then normal - run it while and remove it. run it hot - at full load to force the compound into the heat pipe cracks
the xig has exposed heat pipes and you need the TC to wet/flow and fill the cracks.
remove it and lightly wipe off the compound off the cooler and cpu- you do not want to remove it from the cracks from the hsf. you want to prep the surface for the surface layer like a normal hsf.
reapply layer 1 to the cpu, you should use a double bb - spread it from the center even to all edges. You want to trowl it like cement even - like a sidewalk!
reapply a small amout to the center and spread half way to the edges work it too the edges more in the center is good!
you now have compound completely on the entire cpu, you have it mound ed slightly in the center
this pushes air out and your sure to fill all surface junctions - excess will flow out. use arctic silver with this hs you need the flow and long term elasticity.
edit: i do not double install i install it once with lots and lots of compound pull it offf and check it. keep in mind 95% of the systems we build are built and burned in on the desk top - see the photo where i was playing around while i watched tv!