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What are i7 920 Normal Temps?

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September 5, 2009 6:15:52 PM

I just finished building my new PC, and installed Win7 RTM. The specs are:

Intel i7 920 (stock 2.67GHz)
Xigmatek Dark Knight Cooler
Asus P6T Deluxe V2
Corsair Dominator 6GB DDR3 (running at factory settings, didn't touch yet)
WD 640GB HD
Corsair 620HX 620W PSU
X-Fi Fatal1ty Sound Card
Antec P182 case

And I'm using a 7300GS temporarily, waiting for my new card.

I ran Core Temp and RealTemp, and I get CPU temps of 50-50-48-49C, after an hour of email/music. Is this normal, or too high? Everything's at stock speeds. The Dark Knight was attached with AC5 thermal paste.

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September 5, 2009 6:26:26 PM

looks fine, but you might want to grab a stressing program to see what your max temps are. prime95 should be fine.
September 5, 2009 7:27:33 PM

49-50C is fine for stock??
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September 5, 2009 7:49:35 PM

it might be in silent mode, some mobos even completely turn off the fan, thats why i asked him to run prime95.
September 5, 2009 9:58:26 PM

Idle temperatures are not very useful for determining if there is a problem as they are largely influenced by things such as case airflow and ambient temperature. We aren't going to tell you that you have a problem unless you have idle temps that are completely off the chart.

Run a stress test and tell us what your load temps are, as blackwidow suggested.
September 6, 2009 4:26:11 AM

Oh yes, my ambient temps are ~84F. I'll run prime
September 6, 2009 4:37:15 AM

You can always go to Intel's website and get the datasheets for your processor (unless they aren't up for some crazy reason). I don't think they tell you what your core temperature max is but they will tell you what your CPU temp max is (core is going to be higher and CPU higher than ambient). With the Core 2 Duo processors I believe the difference between CPU and core temp is supposed to be around 5 celsius
September 6, 2009 5:08:28 AM

Lower your Vcore to 1.10~1.15V. It should help your temperature a lot.
September 6, 2009 5:22:59 AM

How do you check VCore in cpuz?
September 6, 2009 5:26:19 AM

before checking the Vcore, i'd simply reseat the cpu, make sure you put just a film of paste on, enough to cover the cpu but no more! thats way too hot for stock settings
September 6, 2009 5:27:53 AM

deusex said:
How do you check VCore in cpuz?


Download cpuz, and open it, you'll see it. Are you that noob?
September 6, 2009 5:28:07 AM

Do i need to take off the AC5? How would I do that?


Never really overclocked before. Never had the need to. But this temp is worrying me...

I've posted a pic of CPUz above. The Vcore can be seen...
September 6, 2009 5:29:46 AM

Your ambient temp is quite high 84F, you dnt use air conditioning? damn thats hot.
September 6, 2009 5:32:23 AM

yomamafor1 said:
Lower your Vcore to 1.10~1.15V. It should help your temperature a lot.


Buddy, he's at stock he should not even be at 1.00V right now unless he got a really BAD sample of the chip.
September 6, 2009 5:34:48 AM

overshocks said:


Download cpuz, and open it, you'll see it. Are you that noob?


you always seem to be in such a good mood :) 
September 6, 2009 5:35:19 AM

Ambient temp means room temp, is that it? There's been several ongoing fires in LA, and my room is currently 84F. No AC 2nd floor of the house, unfortunately.
September 6, 2009 6:43:28 AM

With a cpu temp of 98 C I'd get myself a pan, hook it onto the cpu and cook myself a lovely porterhouse =) Seriously even for a P4 130nm thats really high. I couldn't imagine that being very good for ANY 45nm chip.
September 6, 2009 6:51:22 AM

overshocks said:
Buddy, he's at stock he should not even be at 1.00V right now unless he got a really BAD sample of the chip.


Buddy, I also happen to know that ASUS BIOS is notoriously known to automatically overvolt the CPU. I also own a P6T Deluxe, and at auto, the board is feeding my i7 @ 1.25V. I later adjusted the Vcore to 1.625V, and I'm running 3.2Ghz stable.

EDIT: I mean, 1.1625.
September 6, 2009 6:51:59 AM

That does it. If ambient temp means room temp, then it's ~83F.

Anyone have tips for reseating the cooler? Never done it before. I've owned an E6600, Q6600, and E2180, and they've all been fine...

Also, any tips on taking off the residual thermal paste? It's Arctic Silver 5. And what's the best reapplication, a dot in the middle? I just put 3 lines, and started flattening it out with a ziplock bag...

September 6, 2009 8:00:29 AM

yomamafor1 said:
Buddy, I also happen to know that ASUS BIOS is notoriously known to automatically overvolt the CPU. I also own a P6T Deluxe, and at auto, the board is feeding my i7 @ 1.25V. I later adjusted the Vcore to 1.625V, and I'm running 3.2Ghz stable.


you're telling me that your i7 920 needs 1.625V to run 3.2ghz ? that is plain pathetic, you got the worst sample of the chip then. lol i believe u made a mistake tho.
September 6, 2009 8:02:52 AM

Like I said above, lower your Vcore to 1.10 or 1.15 for stock, then you should be fine.

Taking off the residual thermal pastes is difficult when you don't have the right tool. AS5 is particularly difficult to remove due to its high viscosity. You can try wiping it off with a paper towel or an used cloth, or use TIM removal solutions.

As for applying the TIM, just put a little bit in the middle (approximately the size of a green bean), and put the heatsink on top. DO NOT FLATTEN THE TIM! Flatten the TIM will actually cause unbalanced distribution of the thermal paste.
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September 6, 2009 8:04:20 AM

Here is a good thread on how to install thermal compound to the Xigmatek... http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/252942-29-some-notes-...

Following this method will help with your temps, outside of your ambient temp being high. Also, if you can get a cheap floor fan, I would recommend having it blowing on your case to help with airflow and hopefully lower your amb. temps around the case
September 6, 2009 8:48:54 AM

haha i just saw the above edit u meant 1.1625 haha, 1.625 will heat up ur cpu a lot if you have a bad heatsink lmao. alright end of the discussion

i caught a mistake :D  i want a trophy
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September 6, 2009 10:11:42 AM

Forget voltage for a second here. Something is wrong with the heatsink mount if you have temps >90C with no overclock. Try pressing down on the heatsink with Prime95 running - if your temps drop, it needs to be reseated.
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September 6, 2009 1:19:54 PM

Did you purchase the optional Xigmatek Retention Bracket, or are you using the standard push pins?
September 6, 2009 5:03:31 PM

ahh push pins are the lamest, they break so easily
September 7, 2009 4:34:02 AM

I'm using whatever came with the Dark Knight. A back plate, and the standard 4 screws.

THAT LINK SHOULD HAVE BEEN stickied...

I drew 2 lines of AS5 on the bottom of the heatsink, and spread it out with a ziplock bag. Then I put another 2 lines, and spread it out again. Might have put too much...but I heard that the gaps needed to be filled, so I guess I overextended my efforts on applying...

If AS5 is hard to take off. then what is the best thing I can do? Rubbing Alcohol?
I realize this is pretty bad for my i7, and want to start the removal/reapplication process as soon as possible.

Is the best method then one drop of AS5 on the base, and then spread it into the gaps, leaving a very thin layer on the base?
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September 7, 2009 7:49:02 AM

Rubbing alcohol should be fine. As a reference for temps, my i7-965 at stock clocks with a TRUE-120 and a 2000rpm fan at full speed idles at 38C and full load at 65C. You might be a bit above that, depending on your stock vid and such, but you should never be above 75C or so with a decent cooler at stock clocks.

For AS5 application, I use a thin line and let the heatsink spread it out. I'm not sure about the correct procedure for HDT heatsinks though.
September 7, 2009 5:42:50 PM

So just put a few drops of rubbing alcohol on a rag, and try to wipe it off on both the CPU and heatsink?

It just cooled down yesterday, and my room is now a stable 75F. The CPU idle temp went down too, to ~43-44F, from 49-50F. However, loading prime95 will still push it up to the 90s...

September 8, 2009 12:46:51 AM

bump on removal tips
September 8, 2009 5:34:47 AM

What is your current Vcore setting in BIOS?
September 8, 2009 9:40:58 PM

I posted a pic above of CPUZ.
September 10, 2009 4:49:40 AM

might coretemp/realtemp be inaccurate? I dlded speedfan, and it says 35C idle, but the other 2 says ~48-49...and speedfan reports ~78-79 load with prime95, but the other two says ~98-99...


EDIT: http://s967.photobucket.com/albums/ae156/DeusExa/?actio...

This is my Everest...the CPU temp is 33C, and the 4 core temps are 48-49..what should I look at?
November 22, 2009 11:38:35 AM

Seriously, those temperatures are way too high.

If you didn't overclock your i7-920 then it's obvious the CPU and heat sink/cooler is not on correctly.

Did you put way too much thermal paste or way too little?

The Darknight should keep your CPU way cooler...after all that's what it's made for. My i7-860 is over clocked and it never reaches temps that high.

I wouldn't be messing with the BIOS and lowering your Vcore if you didn't mess with it in the first place. The default settings of the MOBO should be just fine.

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November 22, 2009 12:37:25 PM

^You realize you just wasted your time responding to a post that is over 2 months old?
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