What are the ideal or acceptable temps for an Intel i5 2500k? I have read mixed things from post to post.
The main issue is that I am currently running it at 3.7ghz with it under-volted to 1.18v with temps running around the low 60s running 100% . I can overclock to 4.2ghz and above, but it requires raising the voltages and increasing the heat.
I have a SUGO SG-03 case which pretty much limits my CPU cooler to the barely adequate stock Intel cooler.
Am running same here, 3.7GHz on Cooler Master Hyper 212. My idle temps are 23-35, load around 40-45 (depends for how long it runs as my GPU is pushing 60 degrees all the time when gaming). Ambient in room is around 18 (yep, that's in freezing cold Ireland, with no heating on atm).
I would say those temps are more then acceptable. I currently have two setups a older i5 760 and a newer i7 2600k. Both are oc'd. I5 760 oc'd to 4ghz with vcore of 1.35 and my 2600k at 4.8ghz at 1.32vcore. the if 760 gets up to 64c on intelburn and 2600k gets to 71c. these temps might sound hot but they arnt at all. Keep in mind my ambient temp is also 25c. both i5 760 and i7 2600k have tmax of 99c. I know Intel says the tcase is 72c but tcase and tmax are two totally different things. when your reading core temps from a hardware monitor program like cpuid hd monitor your reading the tmax temp not the tcase. In lots of case's stock coolers will run a 17 2600k or i5 2500k in the high 60's low 70's at stock speeds. From my understanding as long as your not over the 1.35v - 1.4v and ideally u want to stay in low 60's but high 60's low 70's are also acceptable for long term use as well. To be honest i wouldn't be worried with those temps at all. If you do want to see your temps lower then try to other buy a aftermarket cooler, replace thermal paste, or try to lower your ambient room temp with a ac unit. All 3 of these will help your temps.