Corsair H70 and temps

So I have a corsair H70 on an i7 960.
At stock speeds the idle temps are around 45°C and at 4.2GHz the idle temps are between 49-52 °C between cores. Temps were approaching 90°C during Prime 95.

Does this seem a little high for having a H70 on it?

I only have one fan on it pulling the air out of my case due to how my case it set up. I've read elsewhere though that the temps are supposed to be lower even with just the one fan. Tried changing airflow direction into the case like corsair suggested and temps were even higher.


Should I reseat my H70 with some arctic silver 5?

I heard that the stock thermal paste was supposed to be better than ac5. Just don't know what's up with my temps.
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  1. Try lowering your voltage.
  2. Your best CPU cooling will be with the fan pulling cool air into the case from the outside. Also, 2 fans will work better than 1 fan regardless of pulling air in or exhausting out of the case.
  3. XMSYellowbeard said:
    Your best CPU cooling will be with the fan pulling cool air into the case from the outside. Also, 2 fans will work better than 1 fan regardless of pulling air in or exhausting out of the case.


    actually tried that and temps went up. Switched air flow direction back and temps went back down. So in my case I guess that's not the case.
  4. New or older install? Just checking to see if there is dust buildup on the radiator.

    Does it make a difference if you have the side of the case open with a house or desk fan blowing in or not? Try this, see if your temps drop at load and with the H70 fan in both directions.

    This would determine if it's a case airflow issue or an issue with the fan/H70.
  5. What's your ambient temp there? If you happen to live on a tropical country, near the equator then you should try lowering the clock speed. Ambient temp is an important factor too.
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