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I5 2500k temperatures too high?

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January 26, 2012 11:47:38 AM

About a week ago, got myself a 2500k, and I've noticed that usually its idling at about 37c - 43c. In games usually it gets to ~ 60c. When under load (IBT at standard settings), it goes up to: Core #0 - 76c, Core#1 - 79c, Core #2 - 76c, Core #3 - 77c, Package - 81c (HWmonitor). The room temperature is probably around 18 - 22.
I'm using the CPU at stock speeds, with a fan that came with a CPU. Could the problem be with the lack of airflow? At the moment I'm using a case with no additional fans. Should I be worried? Because it seems pretty hot.
January 26, 2012 11:52:17 AM

yes. get a case with atleast 3-4 120mm fansblowing air out and 2-3 pulling air in. this will make sure all of your parts stay cold. computers create a lot of heat so if you put one in a box with no fans its going to get too hot.
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January 26, 2012 11:54:35 AM

Thats hot bro. Too hot for me!

On a stock cooler @ Stock Speeds and Volts I would feel safe @ 70C per core on load.

81C for the Die is way too hot too. Either purchase a better case or cram some fans in there, you wont regret it and it will increase the longevity of your system in general.
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January 26, 2012 12:12:50 PM

Even 70C is a bit high for load; ideally keep it under 60.

I would look into purchasing an aftermarket cpu cooler as well. Even a 30 to 40 dollar investment can make a huge difference in temps. If you need any recommendations just ask.

Also take a look at your case wiring. Is everything tucked away and organize? Wires all over the place will hurt airflow and raise temperatures.
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January 26, 2012 12:25:31 PM

wieschie said:
Even 70C is a bit high for load; ideally keep it under 60.

I would look into purchasing an aftermarket cpu cooler as well. Even a 30 to 40 dollar investment can make a huge difference in temps. If you need any recommendations just ask.

Also take a look at your case wiring. Is everything tucked away and organize? Wires all over the place will hurt airflow and raise temperatures.


70C for a stock cooler is standard

I try to keep mine @ ~50C - Prime 95 brings me to 48-53C across all cores.

72C is the safe limit for the Die - I always say the Safe Die limit is the safe Core limit for the Sandy Bridges - This is for when people ask "What is an okay temp for 2500k" - Within Intels specs is the correct answer without divulging into personal opinion.

Personally I agree with Weischie, I don't like my 2500k when it gets to 60C on one core. Hence why I've dialed down my Overclock from the insane ones I had going xD
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January 26, 2012 12:27:09 PM

i.e in my case, my i7 2600k's Tcase temp its 55 while the core temp can reach 80. Preety big difference between the 2 temps.... I am touching my VGA cooler @ 65 Cand its preety hot, while my CPU cooler @ 50 - 55 its warmish ^^ while the core temp is 80...
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January 26, 2012 12:51:09 PM

crisan_tiberiu said:
i.e in my case, my i7 2600k's Tcase temp its 55 while the core temp can reach 80. Preety big difference between the 2 temps.... I am touching my VGA cooler @ 65 Cand its preety hot, while my CPU cooler @ 50 - 55 its warmish ^^ while the core temp is 80...


80C for the core is WAY too high :( 

How can you folk cope with those temps

The highest my Core ever goes is 53C - Ignore the Tcase completley, It doesnt matter if its -10000000C, if the Core is @ 80C your gonna get some serious degridation on your hands.
January 26, 2012 1:09:06 PM

wieschie said:
Even 70C is a bit high for load; ideally keep it under 60.

I would look into purchasing an aftermarket cpu cooler as well. Even a 30 to 40 dollar investment can make a huge difference in temps. If you need any recommendations just ask.

Also take a look at your case wiring. Is everything tucked away and organize? Wires all over the place will hurt airflow and raise temperatures.


Well I was thinking about getting cooler master 212+ eventually. Regarding the wiring, I'm a bit OCD about that kind of things, so everything is tucked away in a place where my dvd rom should be.



The thing that got me worried about the airflow is that the mobo has nine screw holes, while my case has only 6, so to me it looks like the case is too small.

January 26, 2012 10:55:17 PM

It's not a great idea to fit a larger motherboard in a smaller case or install it without every standoff (there's the danger of shorting) but really, as long as it's not covering up a fan or anything you should be alright.
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