I5 Optimal temps

Hi All,

My i5 2550K is running at around 35C when idle. I just built it last weekend. I intend to OC and thought that might be a bit too hot for idle no?
I thought 2550 was going to run cooler. :??:

As I want oc it I want to have as better temps as possible before i try.

I am using H60 as outtake with stock 120 fan.




Here my build:
i5 2550K - not oc yet
Asus p8z77-v lx
saphire hd 6870
case zalman z11
Case fans:

2 x 120 stock zalman as intake (front and bottom)
1 x 120 stock zalman taking air out (top)
1 x Corsair H60 stock fan taking out as well.

Thanks Guys


Ademar
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  1. ademargomes said:
    My i5 2550K is running at around 35C when idle. I just built it last weekend. I intend to OC and thought that might be a bit too hot for idle no?
    What are your ambient (room) temps when you're testing and get 35C?
  2. 35C is fine. I'm at 33-35C at idle too, with a Hyper 212 Evo (comparable to the H60). I see people all the time say they have idle temps in the high 20's, but I think that's not REALLY the norm.

    Ambient temp is 73F and my load temps at 4.5Ghz are 61-65C (one core being the 65C outlier).
  3. DJDeCiBeL said:
    35C is fine. I'm at 33-35C at idle too, with a Hyper 212 Evo (comparable to the H60). I see people all the time say they have idle temps in the high 20's, but I think that's not REALLY the norm.

    Ambient temp is 73F and my load temps at 4.5Ghz are 61-65C (one core being the 65C outlier).



    Hi, thanks for answer. I think in your case 35 is fine cause you already oc it no? my still stock setup.
  4. WR2 said:
    What are your ambient (room) temps when you're testing and get 35C?


    Hi Thanks for the fast reply. I dont know exactly but my best guess is that is arround 22/24c. It is not normal is it? I mean, it could be much cooler than that no?

    I already learnt that H60 wasn't my best investment in cooling system :)
  5. ademargomes said:
    Hi, thanks for answer. I think in your case 35 is fine cause you already oc it no? my still stock setup.


    No, those are my idle temps on the Balanced power profile with SpeedStep enabled. If I use the High Performance profile (a solid 4.5), my idle temps are more like 36-39C.
  6. This is @ 4.5 idle with the side of the case off and the case near the A/C vent. :lol:

  7. ademargomes said:
    Hi Thanks for the fast reply. I dont know exactly but my best guess is that is arround 22/24c. It is not normal is it? I mean, it could be much cooler than that no?
    I already learnt that H60 wasn't my best investment in cooling system :)
    H60 isn't terrible. But less expensive air coolers perform better.

    24C is a bit higher than usual for testing. When you test at different room temps you should notice differences in idle/load temps.
    27C ambient = 38C
    24C ambient = 35C
    21C ambient = 32C
  8. WR2 said:
    H60 isn't terrible. But less expensive air coolers perform better.

    24C is a bit higher than usual for testing. When you test at different room temps you should notice differences in idle/load temps.
    27C ambient = 38C
    24C ambient = 35C
    21C ambient = 32C


    These temps are idle right? If it is, then I should make sure I know the room temperature and if it around 24 then my temps aren't bad I suppose.

    Thanks for the help so far.
  9. Its just an example how ambient temps can affect idle and load temps.
    If you test on a cool night you should see a similar effect.
  10. Thanks WR2, in order to make a accurate measure I am ordering a thermometer and will update the post once i get it.
  11. Well what are LOAD temps?
  12. amuffin said:
    Well what are LOAD temps?


    Hi, will check when im at home in the evening and post it.
    Thanks
  13. amuffin said:
    Well what are LOAD temps?


    Hi, just check the link in your signature (about thermal paste) and I think I've put about half of the amount you show in the guide.

    Could that be the reason why it is running a bit hot?

    Well, will run a test today and check how hot it is on load.

    thanks

    Ademar
  14. amuffin said:
    Well what are LOAD temps?


    Hi All, on load the cpu sits on 57c.
    So my question is: Could I OC considering my current temps (35 idle / 57 load) ?

    Or should I maybe wait for the thermometer so I can measure the ambient temps and then have a better cpu temps measurement?

    I was thinking of changing the h60 stock 120mm fan for something stronger like Scythe Ultra Kaze 120MM 3000rpm.

    Do you guys think it could help?
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