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Phenom II X4 965 BE - Too hot?

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October 7, 2011 2:05:18 PM

I've searched the threads, but I'm not really finding what I'm looking for, so I'll just start a new thread...

...I recently built a new system (albeit a value-oriented system w/room to expand) and have some concerns about CPU temps, but I don't really know if it's anything to worry about. Ambient temp in my house is usually between 70-75F (so roughly 22-25C). My Phenom II X4 965 BE idles around 31-32C when there isn't really a workload. With no overclocking, gaming pushes it up around 55-57C, which seems high to me considering AMD's max temp is listed as 62C.

It seems that with the good airflow from my case and the aftermarket CPU cooler, that temps shouldn't be pushing quite so high, but I'm not familiar with the newer processors - it's been a while since I've built a computer.

Is that temp range normal or too high?



System Build:
CPU: Phenom II X4 965 BE (@stock 3.4)
Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper N520
Video: MSI Twin Frozr II OC HD6950 2GB
Mobo: MSI 990FX-GD80
RAM: G.Skill Sniper DDR3 1333, 8GB
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB
PSU: HEC Zephyr 750W PSU
Case: Diablotek EVO (5 120mm fans - 1 front intake, 1 side intake, 2 top exhaust, 1 rear exhaust)

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October 7, 2011 2:17:19 PM

My 955 sits at around 32c idle and 55-57c gaming. I dont think I have seen it hit 60c even under extreme conditions.
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October 7, 2011 2:18:32 PM

So you're saying...I should relax? LOL
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October 7, 2011 2:21:43 PM

cdub1980 said:
So you're saying...I should relax? LOL

yes, your temps are normal :D 
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a c 241 K Overclocking
October 7, 2011 11:38:56 PM

If you use stock cooling , it seem normal like slcmike said
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October 8, 2011 5:21:06 AM

my temps are just about identical. i have the same cooler as you . lol... i was worrying, but after a month of steady watching, nothing about 57. even when it was 85F+ in my room. Those just seem to be our temps.

i know the cooler is doing its job because the temps fall so fast when going form load to idle.
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October 8, 2011 6:32:02 AM

I wouldn't worry, it's still within normal operating range.

If your worried stress test both your CPU and video card at the same time and watch it to see what the max temp will hit. Than add in what the max ambient temp your room reaches at it hottest say in the summer time to see if your still within normal operating temps. Though I doubt you be able to get your system that hot by just gaming compared to this stress test, it will probably just make you feel better about your cooling.
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March 27, 2012 5:08:24 PM

I have just installed a 965BE and with my hyper 212+ is idling at 31 which I think it is a bit high.

Might have to re-seat I think
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March 28, 2012 4:50:44 PM

My X4 980 BE @ 4.0 Ghz idles at 30-32C, games at 46C and hits 56C with Prime95 in a scrawny little Lian Li case in a 72F room:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Something doesn't sound quite right if you're hitting temps that high at load or while gaming. Is your case fan arrangement (intake/exhaust) set up correctly? You might want to reseat the HSF or try a different TIM to see if it helps.


deejayburnout said:
I have just installed a 965BE and with my hyper 212+ is idling at 31 which I think it is a bit high.

Might have to re-seat I think


31C at idle is not hot at all. Its perfectly normal (what were you expecting?). Anyway, idle temps mean nothing. Its load that counts.
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March 28, 2012 7:13:02 PM

I would expect the stock cooler to be at 31 deg , but with my hyper 212, i would expect it to be around 26 to 28 deg.

At the moment its sitting at 34 deg idle so if that s ok then i can live with that.

I ran prime for 5 mins and it went up to 48 deg which i would never expect to get 100 load when gaming or converting vids for my Blackberry, so i suppose all will be good.

I was kinda comparing my temps to my old Phenom 9650 that was at 24 for idle temps with my hyper 212. That was 1.1GHZ slower than my 965.
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March 29, 2012 4:42:41 PM

I have a Xigmatek HDT-S1283 (the equal of your cooler more or less) and my X4 980 still idles at 30-31C in a 72F room if that makes you feel any better.
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April 18, 2012 11:21:47 PM

Hey guys,

My Phenom II 965 X4 is idling at an AVERAGE of 60 degrees C and goes 70-80 under constant stress test. My XFX Radeon 6870 2GB edition is running at about 73 degrees idle and topping 80-85 under stress (BF3 on ultra ect) sometime higher! I am no expert but i am not a moron either and this seems WAY too hot. :pfff: 

I don't know exactly what the problem might be, but i do have a relatively hot room (poor ventilation) and i only use stock cooling, any ideas as to what i should do/what the problem is?
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August 31, 2012 3:20:13 AM

Destructopuppy said:
Hey guys,

My Phenom II 965 X4 is idling at an AVERAGE of 60 degrees C and goes 70-80 under constant stress test. My XFX Radeon 6870 2GB edition is running at about 73 degrees idle and topping 80-85 under stress (BF3 on ultra ect) sometime higher! I am no expert but i am not a moron either and this seems WAY too hot. :pfff: 

I don't know exactly what the problem might be, but i do have a relatively hot room (poor ventilation) and i only use stock cooling, any ideas as to what i should do/what the problem is?

Where are you getting these readings? I have even higher and Im getting them from AMD overdrive. Cpu meter says 64 C though. IDK what to do I am emailing amd support and then if they say get a new fan im getting one asap. Too bad it is weekend so it will take longer to ship if i end up needing it.
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