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New Phenom II X4 running hot.

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August 3, 2010 9:02:43 PM

Recently I upgraded my computer from an intel Core 2Duo, to a Phenom II X4.

I've ran into severe heating issues. I've never had heating issues in the past with my case. I've tried the stock heat sink, and a new heat sink. If I run prime95, within a couple minutes the temperate is up to 65+. I've had it spike to 70 degrees while Idle. The cpu and the heatsink are not hot to the touch, which is what I would expect with this issue. I kind of suspect its a bad heat sensor. The other temperatures in my computer don't go over 40 or 50 even under load, except for my gpu but its known for running hot.

Speed Fan is showing a constant 50-60 degree temperate underload.
CPUID HW Monitor has recorded it with 50-70 degrees with a median of 64.

I am thinking of sending the CPU back in to get exchanged, but would like some input/feedback.

Oh and just to test the airflow of the case, I removed the side and put a fan on high right next to it, it lowered the ambient tower case to 28 degrees, while the processor stayed at 55+ with just having World of Warcraft open.





My Rig is setup with:
Case:XCLIO A380 Silver SECC 1.0mm thickness ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MBD: GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Thermal Paste: Antec 77063 Silver Thermal Compound http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
New Heat Sink: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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August 3, 2010 10:00:49 PM

Yeah, that sounds warm. First off, where do you live? I don't suppose you need me to tell you how to apply TIM.
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August 3, 2010 10:09:07 PM

Take off your heatsink, then reaply.
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Anonymous
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August 3, 2010 11:44:25 PM

I've re-applied both heatsinks, to no avail.

I live in Nevada its quite warm 100+ out here, so the room is about 80-85 as its warmest.
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Anonymous
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August 4, 2010 12:10:40 AM

and just to make sure I am doing it right because I am driving myself nuts trying to figure this out.

I am taking a bead of the thermal paste onto the heatsink, spreading it thin with a credit card till it cover the whole heatsink, but so it smooth also. Putting it on the cpu, twisting just a bit to spread it and then clamping it down.

I just reput in the second heatsink, and found it fit with a slightly tighter bracket stting, still getting 60 degree readings on it right away without much load.
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August 4, 2010 5:25:09 AM

Don't twist it. Just clean both the heatsink and the CPU with 99% isopropyl alcohol, put half a grain of rice of TIM in the middle of the CPU, then place CPU on top and clamp tightly. Don't twist it.
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