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I7 920 Temperature issues

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September 12, 2010 4:50:54 PM

My 920 at stock settings using stock cooler was idling at about 70 celcius and after running prime95 for an hour or so the temperature rised to about 85 celcius. So I picked up some of that Arctic Cleaner stuff and some Arctic Silver 5 and changed the paste. No difference.

I've been reading around and a lot of people say the intel stock cooler is bad, now I'm convinced.

Right now my i7 920 is running at stock and my idle temperature is about 68 celcius and I hate hearing the fans speed up every other minute when the temperature hits 75. So I'm looking for a new cooler, this is where I need help. Can someone suggest some good coolers for me. I'm looking for something that has great value, somewhat easy to install and most importantly gets the job done.

Thanks in advance.

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September 13, 2010 12:59:16 AM

Most people say use a Zalman, but there are benchmarks that say that there are some that are better than Zalmans.
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September 13, 2010 2:51:38 AM

Well a good cooler from what I hear is a hyper 212+...its inexpensive and does a good job, you can however get more expensive with a V6 or V8 lets say...or even more with a DH-14 notua...and finally there is water cooling. So how much are you willing to spend?
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September 14, 2010 12:03:37 AM

EXT64 said:
68C seems a bit high, even for the stock cooler. How is your case airflow? And the Hyper 212+ is a great cooler. It was overpriced on Newegg for a while, but it seems to have returned to reasonable prices again.

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Wow I can't believe the 212+ out performs the V8, someone suggested a Zalman cooler how's this in comparison to the 212+ ?

The max I'm willing to spend is $100, thats absolute max I'd still like to stay as low as possible.

I'll admit it my air flow isn't the best (this is my case I've got two fans (front pulling air in, back blowing it out) and I keep all the wires tied up to the side.
September 14, 2010 2:27:36 PM

I've got the same CPU as you, i7-920 @ 2.66ghz, and i've got mine clocked at 3.6 and it hits about 86c with normal gaming usage (that's with 2xgtx460 absolutely destroying my case temps too). I use the Noctua NH-U12P and i'm telling you, if you can fit it in your case, that is the simply the best, and quietest, cpu cooler you could buy for that cpu. Seriously. And I don't work for Noctua. ;) 

I know it's a uk thing but still

Also when applying your paste make sure it's a small line instead of a pea shape to make sure you give a good oval shape when the heatsink sits down to cover all four cores, not like the old days when you only had one central core to cover :) 

p.s. BUY THE NOCTUA, you won't regret it. It's outrageously quiet (you basically cannot hear it) even at the highest settings, and the performance is excellent.