I might as well throw out another question while theres some attention in this thread. I got a Q9300 recently and was having some heat issues so i got a Roswell fan model not important the fan almost made things worse i was running 51-52c idle and i hit 72+ a few times on load. I got a bigger fan and the difference on load is big I just put it in and i haven't broke 58c even after a hour at load. But my idle only dropped to like 44-46c. Is it normal for a new HSF to drop load temp almost 15 degrees but idle like 5-6?
Iv been hearing that the curing processes can take 1-3 c off is this true? That seems fairly significant.
Thats about right. The AS-5 starts out a bit higher but during curing it improves until it's nearly the same as MX-2. Close enough to be not be a significant factor.
The biggest change take place early on and then it's a very gradual improvement.
65C in Prime 95 is a good result.
It's normal to see variations in load temps. It might be a slightly more efficient core or getting a bit better cooling performance from the HFS based on it's location in the die package.