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I'm not sure, do these load temps look okay? (another i7 930 thread)

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June 8, 2010 4:10:08 AM

This has been asked a billion times probably, but I'm just trying to get answers for my specific setup. I have a stock i7 930 @ 2.8 with a Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme hsf on it, with the cpu fan exhausting toward the back of the case. Nothing on my system is overclocked yet. Here are my system specs:

Antec Twelve Hundred (with side panel fan and internal 120mm fan)
i7 930 @2.8 w/ Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme hsf (neither are lapped, TX-3 TIM applied)
ASRock X58 Extreme 3 Motherboard
Antec CP-850 psu
G.Skill RipJaws ddr3 1600 (4GB)


At idle these are my temps (low cpu fan speed)
System: 36
CPU: 37 37 36 32
Dist. TJ Max: 63 63 64 68


So I ran prime95 blend 100% cpu and these are the temps I'm getting

LOW CPU FAN SPEED
CPU: 77 77 72 71
Dist. TJ Max: 24 24 28 29

HIGH CPU FAN SPEED
CPU: 73 73 69 68
Dist. TJ Max: 27 27 31 32


I know people say that load temps, not idle, are what matter, So what do you guys think of these temps considering I haven't overclocked yet at all? I'm thinking possibly getting a different hsf or thermal grease. Thanks alot for your help!!

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June 8, 2010 4:32:41 AM

Those temperatures seem a bit high considering you haven't overclocked at all... How much paste did you apply?
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June 8, 2010 4:39:09 AM

well the TX-3 that the hsf came with was IMPOSSIBLY hard to put on, so I ended up putting a good chunk on it (probably 5 grains of rice size) before I could finally get it flat enough to spread on .... thinkin it may be too thick of a layer?
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June 8, 2010 4:52:31 AM

5 grains? i use one grain of rice size
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June 8, 2010 4:53:28 AM

yea i tried that and that stuff just peels right off no matter how you try to spread it ... i think i'm just gonna go with AS5 as its much easier to work with
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June 8, 2010 5:01:53 AM

Tx3 is some of the best Paste on the market, and works incredibly well. you have certainly applied far too much though, and i imagine thats why your temps are so high.

the thicker stuff needs to be spread before fixing the HS. put a small piece of cling film/glad wrap on your finger to spread the TIM evenly across the CPU, then add another small drop the the center.
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