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AM3 Phenom II runs hot... what upgrade would provide a cooler solution

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June 9, 2012 2:50:51 AM

I currently run a Phenom II x4 965 OC'd to 3.7 with a CM Hyper N 520 cooler and MX-2 paste. I have an am3+ board.

Currently it runs at about 38-41 C using light applications and browsing the web/idle.
Under load It will zoom up to about 45 C or so.

Ambient temperature is 26.5 C.


I want to find a CPU solution that will get me the same performance but run a little cooler. I am open to switching over to intel. Do the AM3+ chips run cooler than the Phenom II's?

I was also planning on switching over to water cooling with the Corsair H100 in the near future.

Thanks.
a c 283 à CPUs
June 9, 2012 2:54:34 AM

For an ambient of 26.5C, I'd say you're doing quite well. 45C certainly isn't bad. 62C is the recommended max, so you're nowhere near that.
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June 9, 2012 2:59:28 AM

Yea your temps are fine. I have my Phenom II 980 running at 4GHZ on stock voltage and temps are still in the safe zone
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June 9, 2012 3:04:36 AM

My main concern is that my room turns into a sauna. I have two 120 mm exhaust fans pushing out at ~50-60 CFM. I was hoping that I could run less exhaust so my room does not get so hot. If I do that my temps are certain to go up.
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June 9, 2012 3:09:14 AM

You're fine. I understand the room temp situation, but as long as the CPU stays as cool as it is, there's no harm in it, other than your own personal comfort, lol.

A H100 would probably help some, but you're still exhausting hot air into the room, either way.

And Intel CPU's can handle more heat, but I don't really consider that a reason for a complete platform change.
a c 141 à CPUs
June 9, 2012 3:29:25 PM

I really don't see the problem here with your temps. For both idle and and underload your temps are NOWHERE NEAR dangerous.
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