Hi all, I'm an avid follower of the news articles here, and from a recommendation from this site, I picked up a Core i7 860 Lynnfield CPU. I love this processor and it could very well be the best system I've ever configured. However, I have been experiencing some heat issues that are preventing me from overclocking this beast to its fullest potential.
I installed the stock cooler at first, and noticed idle temperatures around ~115 F (46 C) and full load over 150 F (66 C). So, I picked up an aftermarket HS/fan from Newegg. It's an Arctic Freezer 7 Pro (seen here). Since installing my temperatures have dropped to 110 F (43 C) and high load to 145 F (63 C). I have also tried cleaning the CPU and applying Arctic Silver instead of the paste that came with the new HS/fan but have not noticed much of a difference.
Here is how I applied the thermal paste:
My case has 3 fans, one on the side of the case blowing out, one below the PSU in the back on the tower blowing out, and the CPU fan blowing through the heatsink toward the fan below the PSU so the air is taken out of the case. All wires are twisty-tied and should not be causing any obstruction.
I'm hoping to get some advice from you experts. Currently my PC is running well - I can blast my brains out on 3D games for hours at a time without any performance cost, reboots, etc., but I'm kind of frustrated that I won't be able to do much tweaking with the clock speeds if the high temperatures persist.
Thanks in advance and Merry Christmas to everyone
I'm checking the CPU temperature with the utility provided from ASUS, my motherboard manufacturer. The temperatures are the same as reported by the hardware monitor in the BIOS. As far as I can tell the heatsink is seated properly. The installation required installing a mounting bracket and screwing the heatsink into the bracket. As far as I can tell, the installation is secure as the heatsink stays in its position when you try to wiggle or move it.