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Is 27C idle a good cpu (2600k) temp with the NH- D14 cooler

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February 8, 2011 7:54:47 PM

it is at about 26-28C with the NH- D14.. i think i may have applied to much thermal coumpund, but... i may not have and if i didn't i'd rather not take off the cpu cooler (this is still uncured)

i do want to OC to around 4.6GHz turbo

it is at default settings right now


room temp is 22C so i think the temps are OK

should i mesure at load? (prime 95 + real temp)
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February 8, 2011 8:29:51 PM

Yes, you want to measure at load because load temps are what dictate the max frequency. 4-6C over ambient does sound good, but you still need to check load temps.
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February 8, 2011 9:22:04 PM

looks like 50-52 at 100% for 10 min
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February 8, 2011 9:43:00 PM

still like 50-53C and it is like 50 min through so i think my load at an hour is about 51C
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February 8, 2011 9:50:10 PM

50C is a good load temp for a Sandy Bridge CPU. Just make sure to keep an eye on temps when you OC.
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February 9, 2011 12:21:15 AM

Those are excellent temps! When you overclock, make sure that the load temperature stays below 75*C.
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February 9, 2011 1:14:17 AM

thanks so much :p 

this is my first OC
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February 9, 2011 1:14:55 AM

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February 13, 2011 9:34:07 PM

I am thinking that your CPU temps should be about 5°C lower - but then, I don't know what your voltages are at.
I have an i5-2500k under a NH-D14 and it idles at 17°C @1.6gHz @ .972v,
with 41°C @ 4.4gHz @ 1.284v under full load for 7 hours.
Ambient air is 22°C.

If it were me, I would pull the Noctua if the temps don't drop in a week and apply a thinner layer of paste. You're using NH-1 right?
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February 15, 2011 2:45:09 PM

Noworldorder said:
idles at 17°C
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Ambient air is 22°C.

This is literally physically impossible on air. Either the temperature probe for the CPU is wrong or the one used to measure the ambient is wrong or the measurements were not taken at the same time.
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February 16, 2011 8:02:50 PM

Noworldorder said:
I am thinking that your CPU temps should be about 5°C lower - but then, I don't know what your voltages are at.
I have an i5-2500k under a NH-D14 and it idles at 17°C @1.6gHz @ .972v,
with 41°C @ 4.4gHz @ 1.284v under full load for 7 hours.
Ambient air is 22°C.

If it were me, I would pull the Noctua if the temps don't drop in a week and apply a thinner layer of paste. You're using NH-1 right?

i don't think that, on air, your temps should be below ambient temperatures unless you introduce very nice cooling to the air around the computer making it colder than the rest of the room, obviously unreasonable since this would yield temps lower than phase change and more expensive ;) .

my volts are a little higher at load but i ran the test for 25 hrs the last time that i posted and at 1.285v mine gave me an error after about 11hrs (lol). a bump to 1.29v solved all errors.

i am actually using the DH- D14, like you. my temps have lowered a few degrees over the weeks because of curing

i am having hard drive troubles now.
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