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Good temps for the i5?

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December 31, 2009 6:08:53 AM

Right now, at low load, I'm at 43, 41, 43, and 41C on my four cores according to Core Temp. Is this good for low-end?


I'm currently installing games right now so I haven't been able to test it out at high loads yet. What should my ceiling be?

BTW, I'm using the stock cooler and I'm not overclocking.

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December 31, 2009 8:11:40 AM

For standard Intel cooling, thats perfectly acceptable.

Even if you hit 100% usage on all cores, it "should" keep it under thermal specs.

If your a gamer, its always advisable to go 3rd party cooling.
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December 31, 2009 11:41:28 AM

low load means idle?
Those Idle temps seems fine...
See Full Load temps...

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December 31, 2009 4:48:53 PM

Just played some Grand Theft Auto 4 at max settings/1680x1050 for about an hour, temps rose to 63C.

Sound good?
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January 4, 2010 8:27:41 PM

Yeah, so after playing GTA IV and UT3, Core Temp shows temperatures at around 61C for all four cores. Temperature-wise, when does it get worrisome? 70C? 80C?
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January 4, 2010 8:49:30 PM

You'll want to keep it around or below 70C, although todays cpu's could easily stand temps up to 80C and below.

Now you temps are fine. although to see if your HSF is cooling the cpu to the fullest, Run a program called prime 95. It a stress program that designed to push your cpu to the max. After running it for about 7 minutes. come back and tell us your temps.

Now under real world use like games, you'll never see the temps that prime 95 will make but it always a good to know bases of what your max temp you cpu will make.
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January 4, 2010 9:06:40 PM

Keep it under 70'C for stock cooling, regular use. Keeping it under 80'C is fine for overclocked use in gaming, regular benchmarking, etc

Keeping it within the low-mid 80s 'C is ok for temporary benchmarking.
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January 4, 2010 9:30:27 PM

sorry to hijack, but its kinda relevant
im getting 42,45,41,42 C max on my core i5 with prolimatech megahalems at stock temps, voltage etc. is this alright, or should they be lower? (100% load OCCT, ocz freeze)
thanks
MICK

my ambient fluctuates around 25~32C, or 77~90F
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January 4, 2010 9:38:03 PM

micky_lund said:
sorry to hijack, but its kinda relevant
im getting 42,45,41,42 C max on my core i5 with prolimatech megahalems at stock temps, voltage etc. is this alright, or should they be lower? (100% load OCCT, ocz freeze)
thanks
MICK

my ambient fluctuates around 25~32C, or 77~90F


Max? Do you mean idle?

I've never heard of OCCT. What is your max core temperature when you're running prime95?

Those temperatures seem to be a bit too warm for idle, and way too cold for load.

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January 4, 2010 9:46:14 PM

its 100% load is the ~42C temps, on OCCT (overClock checking tool). im gonna run p95 now, for a while (how long do you suggest?)
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January 4, 2010 9:58:51 PM

For a temperature test, run it for 30 minutes to an hour....make sure the CPU temperature maxes out/doesn't rise any more. Run it longer for stability tests.

What are your idle temperatures?
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January 4, 2010 10:10:02 PM

hmmmm..it seems my idle is like 36~42C...so OCCT isn't testing it enough, or my CPUID HWMonitor is fail.....
what programs do you suggest to keep temps while running P95? (and do blend, or small?)
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January 4, 2010 10:18:58 PM

Use HWMonitor to monitor temperatures with Prime95.

You can either do blend or smallFFT.

Blend also tests RAM while the other tests mainly the CPU.
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January 4, 2010 11:50:28 PM

ok..i started it, and the temps rose rapidly to 89C, where i cut it......it just doesn't make sense...unless i seated it wrongly

my cpu is the prolimatech megahalem, im using ocz freeze. its all in a CM storm sniper, so no worries with airflow (2x 70CFM fans on the side of the cooler)...the only thing i can think of is i didn't seat it properly...but that seem kinda unlikely...it was my first shot at seating a cooler, but i did it reasonably well, and the paste was smooth overall...it was a thin layer, but you couldn't see the metal

what do u think is wrong?



EDIT: ran OCCT on linpack (was running wrong test), and the temps go from 37~39 up to 48~49.... does this seem more reasonable? (also, what is wrong with P95 if so? is it a problem with the monitoring program while p95 is running, or is it p95 being weird or what? )
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