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Q6600 idling at 50C in 29.5C ambient... hot or average?

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August 1, 2010 6:00:10 AM

In BIOS the chip reads 44C

In Hmonitor, the 0 core idles 50C, and the other cores idle about 40C

This is for an ambient temperature of 30C.



I have an Antec 182 case:

1 rear 120mm TriCool Fan (standard)
1 top 120mm TriCool fan (standard)
1 lower chamber 120mm TriCool Fan (standard)

I have the case open and a 3 foot house fan blowing full blast into the case
Cooler air enters from the open side and blows out through the exhaust fan at the top
1. The cables
are decent/good... there's decent room for air flow
2. The 3 fans from my P182 case are all spinning...
3. Heatsink is an AeroCool Dominator (large beefy unit)

The card is 3 years old. I last applied Arctic Silver 5 about 3 years ago.


Is this too hot, or easily explained by such a high ambient temperature?
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August 1, 2010 6:31:05 AM

I would say that since you have an aftermarket heatsink, those temps are high.

I'm not exactly sure how long an Arctic Silver 5 application lasts, but 3 years seems like a long time, maybe it needs to be reapplied?
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August 1, 2010 6:44:32 AM

I'll try re-applying the compound and re-seating the heat sink. If it doesn't work, I'll be back to complain. :D 
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August 1, 2010 7:02:53 AM

Yeah, My Phenom 955 is in the low 40's when under general usage and tops out in the low 50's under stress, this is with a stock cooler so I'd say it's running a bit hot, however its nothing critical until it reach's the 60 degree's + .
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August 1, 2010 7:08:23 AM

decode said:
Yeah, My Phenom 955 is in the low 40's when under general usage and tops out in the low 50's under stress, this is with a stock cooler so I'd say it's running a bit hot, however its nothing critical until it reach's the 60 degree's + .

Actually the Core 2 quad is able to go up to 100C max while the Phenom IIs can only go to about 72C max.
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August 1, 2010 7:14:31 AM

decode said:
Yeah, My Phenom 955 is in the low 40's when under general usage and tops out in the low 50's under stress, this is with a stock cooler so I'd say it's running a bit hot, however its nothing critical until it reach's the 60 degree's + .

How can mine be running so hot when I have an aftermarket cooling device and good air flow?

I mean, should I be worried about my Mobo? Or is it 9 times out of 10 screwed up heat-sink placement or old compound?

I'm just... very, very confused. If I have good air-flow and a properly mounted HSF with thermal compound, it HAS to run much, much cooler.
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August 1, 2010 7:29:53 AM

Well, you can't have it be cooler then your ambient temp of 30C, which is high already :sarcastic:  . I would expect your temps to be in the 30s at idle. What is your load temp, actually, since that is more important then idle?
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August 1, 2010 7:55:47 AM

Haserath said:
Well, you can't have it be cooler then your ambient temp of 30C, which is high already :sarcastic:  . I would expect your temps to be in the 30s at idle. What is your load temp, actually, since that is more important then idle?

How do I check that? I appreciate the help.
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August 1, 2010 8:21:25 AM

sw0mgt said:
How do I check that? I appreciate the help.

Run the Prime95 test and see how high it goes.
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August 1, 2010 5:48:36 PM

It's running hot b/c you're room is nearly 90degrees!

It makes a huge difference! 1degree farenheit warmer in the room normally results to .5degree celcius higher CPu temp.

How in the h3%% can you sit and play games in a 90degree room anyway? lol
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August 1, 2010 7:35:46 PM

He does have a decent cooler on it though. Many people can get a 30C idle temp in a decently cool room with aftermarket heatsinks.
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August 1, 2010 7:40:00 PM

sw0mgt said:
How do I check that? I appreciate the help.

What Tamz said, Prime 95 would get the CPU to its maximum heat output. Realtemp could also be used to check cpu temps.
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August 1, 2010 8:06:41 PM

Haserath said:
Many people can get a 30C idle temp in a decently cool room with aftermarket heatsinks.

30 C ambient is not a decently cooled room.
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August 1, 2010 8:19:32 PM

jsc said:
30 C ambient is not a decently cooled room.

I'm not saying that his will be 30C! I'm saying that the high 30's would be more like it with stock speeds :(  .
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August 3, 2010 8:47:04 AM

Haserath said:
Well, you can't have it be cooler then your ambient temp of 30C, which is high already :sarcastic:  . I would expect your temps to be in the 30s at idle. What is your load temp, actually, since that is more important then idle?


While this may be true, the standard operating conditions shouldn't really exceed 60C or it will decrease the lifespan of you components significantly
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