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I5 2500k Temps dangerous or normal ?

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May 14, 2012 4:15:07 PM

Hi all just got a new i5 2500k and ASUS z68/gen3.

Been playing BF3 for about 10 minutes and max temps on CPU are 70-78c is this ok my idle temps are 33-35c.

I have the stock cooler and a haf 922 with good airflow.

I have not changed anything in bios apart from XMP @ 1600 MHZ
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May 14, 2012 4:27:15 PM

That's on the high side for just playing a game. Probably want to replace the stock cooler
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May 14, 2012 4:28:48 PM

bearclaw99 said:
That's on the high side for just playing a game. Probably want to replace the stock cooler


Agreed
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May 14, 2012 4:38:24 PM

using stock heat sink?
how much trouble did u have have with the push pins that seat the heatsink, there is no kinda right when installing.
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May 14, 2012 4:39:24 PM

Quick web search says you're good til 98C, but couldn't hurt to put on a $35 air cooler.

My (hotter) 3570K at 3.8GHz reaches the mid-50s in BF3 with an Evo.
May 14, 2012 5:04:34 PM

the great randini said:
using stock heat sink?
how much trouble did u have have with the push pins that seat the heatsink, there is no kinda right when installing.

I pressed all four clips into place I will take apart and try again. Thanks
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May 14, 2012 5:10:32 PM

Did you hear it click? It should make a clicking noise when being pushed in place. Also if you turn over the motherboard you should see the black pins sticking through the clear female part.
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May 14, 2012 5:12:43 PM

Quick test to make sure that the stock HSF (heatsink/fan) is seated well is to reach in and grab each of the twist clips in turn and pull straight up. If you can pull any of them straight up it wasn't seated right and that can lead to higher temperatures.

While the temperatures that you are experiencing are high they are not dangerously high but I would still check the HSF and maybe add a good 3rd party cooler to drive the temperatures down.


Christian Wood
Intel® Enthusiast Team
May 15, 2012 12:25:34 PM

The heatsink/fan is correctly fitted I checked the back of motherboard and all clips seem to be fitted fine. Looks like a new cooler then. What would you guys recommend ? is the h50 wort a go or would the cooler master 212 be better? I no ones a water block and the other is just a fan but what do you guys think?
May 15, 2012 1:43:28 PM

is it normal also for the core temps to differ about 30c why ones 35c and the other two 40c. I ask this as with my old amd 955 they all used to sit at same core temps.

Thanks
May 15, 2012 3:12:56 PM

UPDATE

I have now sorted the issue out. I went into bios and load set up defaults and for some reason in bios High performance was selected I have set to normal and all is fine. maxing 58c after a hour of intense BF3
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May 15, 2012 3:38:26 PM

Oh cool glad to hear that you got it worked out. For a reasonable cost the Cooler Master Hyper 212 +/Evo is a great cooler.


Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
May 17, 2012 12:55:11 AM

IntelEnthusiast said:
Oh cool glad to hear that you got it worked out. For a reasonable cost the Cooler Master Hyper 212 +/Evo is a great cooler.


Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team

Thanks Christian for you help. I was looking at a Corsair h100 or 212/Evo funny enough what would you recommend I no they are both different but being a Intel guy would really welcome your view.

Thanks
May 17, 2012 12:58:16 AM

user_account_ said:
UPDATE

I have now sorted the issue out. I went into bios and load set up defaults and for some reason in bios High performance was selected I have set to normal and all is fine. maxing 58c after a hour of intense BF3

Same problem happened with me. ASUS board automatically OC my CPU. Also, if you remove the stock HSF, make sure to re-apply the thermal paste/grease.
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