Alright so I set up my new build and I wanted to make sure all the hardware worked properly. So after I got Win7 up and running I started a Prime95 torture test. Everything runs fine at first, but the CPU temps are all at 95-99 C.(I'm using intel's stock cooler)
After running for around 5 minuets one of the cores gets has an error and stops the test for that core.
So I'm wondering if this is a sign of a bad CPU or cooler or something else. Any ideas?
when you do apply the arctic silver be sure the heatsink sits firmly on the cpu and the pins are secure you dont want it to be loose.. if and when you do this run occt again and if you get the same error then its just the processor creating to much heat. at that point RMA.
buy some arctic silver and apply a even amount (dont add to much ) but be sure to cover all spots on the cpu you dont want any metal on metal contact!
You are mistaken.
You want a thin layer. The point of the thermal compound is to avoid metal-air-metal contact which is inevitable without it since metal is uneven (ie not flat) at a magnified level. You want to apply enough thermal compound to fill any of these holes on the entire CPU. Don't overdo it. In an ideal world, if metal could be machined so there were no spaces, metal on metal contact would be preferable
Well I got the new CPU today and popped it in, and now when I try that OCCT test all the temps get up to the low/mid 70's. I'm guessing that this shouldn't be happening since it's thermal limit is 72 C. Is this because I'm using the stock cooler?
Actually I found out that it was getting that hot because I had the case open and the air flow wasn't optimal. Now with the case closed I get up to 68c with the stress test going. So I was able to complete the test with out any errors. Thanks for the help all! =]