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Noctua nh-d14 normal temperatures?

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September 24, 2010 8:42:34 PM

I was just wondering if my temperatures were fine, it's running hotter than I expected it to.
I7 930
Arctic cooling mx-2 paste

My ambient temperatures are ~22-23 C
At 2.96 Ghz, I'm getting around 35-40C idle and 55-60C under load.
At 3.5 Ghz, I'm getting about 70-75C under load. (forgot to check idle)

My stock with stock paste was running 2.96 Ghz at ~70C. I expected a bigger improvement from a stock heatsink to a top of the line one. I've re-seated it 3 times and I've been getting similar results albeit that I've never done it before beyond today. Any ideas?
a b K Overclocking
September 24, 2010 8:48:27 PM

Couple of things:
The i7's are the hottest running processors out there, bar none.
Voltage plays a big role in the heat output of your processor, if by any chance you are still on auto voltages that could be the cause of your higher temperatures. Setting them manually will allow for lower voltages and hence lower heat output.
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September 24, 2010 10:52:20 PM

It is on auto, no idea what i'd have to set them to tho
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a b K Overclocking
September 25, 2010 1:37:30 AM

try 1.25v up to 3.6 ( have an i7 930 at 4.2ghz on a noctua D-14 but not at that voltage lol )
Each chip is different ymmv
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September 25, 2010 2:55:43 AM

alright, thanks for the help.
Do you mean 1.25v for up to 3.6 ghz?
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a b K Overclocking
September 25, 2010 3:11:08 AM

Yep, it could be higher or lower though. Voltage has a huge effect on power consumption (and thus heat), even more so than clock speed. Keep a close eye on voltages whenever you are comparing temps, along with clockspeed. Or better yet, get a power meter like a kill-a-watt meter so you can quantitatively see the increase in power.
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a b K Overclocking
September 25, 2010 2:10:25 PM

exactly as EXT64 said.. each chip is dif and has different power requirements.

I managed my 4.3 with 1.32v I just happened to get a good chip.. some ppl need 1.4 to get the same speeds. just take it slow and stop where you are comfortable. and remember follow the temp and voltage guidelines set by intel and you should have no problems
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September 26, 2010 2:56:09 AM

ok, I changed my voltage from auto to 1.25v and there is a huge improvement.
At 3.5 Ghz, it now runs at 58-63c from 70-75. Should I tweak the voltage a bit? How would I know when to stop and what happens if its not enough? Also, what voltage settings should I set manually? I only changed the one that said "CPU Vcore". There were a bunch of other things listed there.
If it helps, I have a gigabyte x58a-ud3r with the most current bios
Thanks for the help guys!
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a b K Overclocking
September 26, 2010 12:52:08 PM

you have the same mainboard I do so I should be able to help you.. 1st off, what multi are you using?

as for lowering voltage, if you plane to stay where you are on your overclock, then you can lower by 1 increment at a time loading windows, and running P95 for a good 20 min to start.. as we go on, we will run it longer.. this is to dial in close rather quickly
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September 26, 2010 7:29:49 PM

multi?
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a b K Overclocking
September 26, 2010 7:45:10 PM

The core clock multiplier (bclk X multi = CPU Frequency).
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September 26, 2010 8:03:11 PM

its on 22x
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a b K Overclocking
September 26, 2010 8:14:46 PM

try 21x160 (make sure you use the correct memory multiplier )
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September 26, 2010 8:17:11 PM

done
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a b K Overclocking
September 26, 2010 8:19:23 PM

Aira said:
done


Now run prime 95 for about 20 mi just as a prelim base stability
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September 26, 2010 8:47:20 PM

done
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a b K Overclocking
September 26, 2010 9:13:14 PM

Aira said:
done


did you crash or get a blue screen? what was the4 max temp you got while it was running?
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September 26, 2010 9:16:50 PM

Max temp was 66C, no crashes
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a b K Overclocking
September 26, 2010 9:49:19 PM

great! now try pushing bclock up a little more say 170 and then run prime 95 for 20 minutes keeping an eye on temps
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September 26, 2010 10:25:14 PM

max temp at 68C, no crash
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a b K Overclocking
September 26, 2010 10:46:38 PM

ok you can push it a little further to 175 this is where you may run into a bsod hang crash or restart in which case we will have to look at increasing voltage but we will stay here for now
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September 27, 2010 2:34:12 AM

max temp of 69C and no crashes at 175. Bumping it up to 180 and trying.

EDIT: Instant crashed at 180 lol. Testing in-between values.
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a b K Overclocking
September 27, 2010 2:41:28 AM

Remember, as you start to 'close in' on the speed you want (if this is it), you will have to start testing longer or with more stressful programs like LinX or IBT.
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September 27, 2010 2:46:02 AM

ya, got it. thanks for all the help
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September 27, 2010 2:46:26 AM

Best answer selected by Aira.
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September 27, 2010 6:06:44 AM

whats the difference between changing the multiplier or the bus speed? I tried playing around with that and I'm currently on x20 and 175. My temperatures hit a max of like 46-47C according to speedfan anyway. Hardware monitor is giving me around 55-60C, kind of a big discrepency between both programs. I know that changing the bus speed will affect the whole system, but would it be a better idea to max out my multiplier first? Also max is 22x but you told me to try 21x, why is that?
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a b K Overclocking
September 27, 2010 11:50:55 AM

I recommended 21 because a higher bclock provides a more responsive system not just raw power. also, lowering multiplier in my experience has required less voltage to achieve the same clock speed

@EXT64, I was getting to that.. I wanted to see him get where he wanted first and then verify stability with those then all he has to do is tweak the voltages if necessary
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