I have a NZXT M59 case with the following fan setup:
Rear 42CFM(came with the case and didn't think it was worth changing)
I have the i7 930 processor with a Noctua NH-D14 cooler and IC diamond TIM. The cooler is oriented to blow from front to back with both 120mm and 140mm fans.
I am running everything at stock settings(HT&TB enabled so 8 threads 2.93GHz) (will OC once I work out a few other issues)
Under 100% load with Prime95 cores are at
55 49 52 46
58 52 56 49
I have reseated the Noctua twice and this third instillation was my best (~3C lower than the others. I think I dialed in the right amount of TIM) Each time Cores 0 and 2 have been way hotter than cores 1 and 3. I know that all chips (and cores) are different, but these values seem to me to be in the just barely acceptable range(particularly with regard to a 9 degree spread)
Am I doing something wrong?
Should I/Would you be OK with this?
Sorry for the Noob question, and thanks for your help.
I am using IC diamond. I applied it three times as follows:
1)Blob in the middle pressed down with cooler, used to little. when I removed the cooler the coverage was poor. Hottest Core: 63 Coolest Core:53
2)Bigger Blob in the middle pressed down with cooler, used to much. When I removed the cooler it had pressed over the edges (not a huge deal, its non conductive) but also not good because it was on to thick. Also, the corners of the CPU were not completely covered. Hottest Core:61 Coolest Core: 52
3)Medium amount in a small x (hoping to reach corners) pressed down with cooler. I have not removed the cooler to check coverage. Hottest Core:58 Coolest Core:49
I am out of Diamond, If I take it off again I will have to order more or use the Noctua TIM. The fact that I have seen a 9-10C spread each time probably means that is just how my chip will run right? Also, do these temps seem like close to what you would expect? If I turn off TB and run at 2.8GHz It knocks ~4C off each core (voltage on auto runs lower)
Very nice rig you have.
I have moved some fans around(put the Noctuas on my case and moved the higher CFM fans to the cooler) and am now down to Max 53C on core 0 and 45C on Core 3. That gives me ~20C to overclock with. I may lap it if Im not happy with my final overclock, but I probably won't need to. I am not planing anything to extreme. I guess Ill have to deal with the spread. I should still be able to achieve a respectable overclock.