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September 13, 2012 2:54:01 PM

Hi! About 2 months ago i bought the Arctic Cooling Freezer XTREME Rev.2 for my AMD FX-4100. However after usage i have noticed that it doesn't cool that good at all. In fact, it is worse than the stock!

Temps with stock: Idle 43C - Load 53C at max
Temps with aftermarket: Idle 53C - Load 61C

What it wrong?! I have installed it two times, removing thermal paste and applying fresh MX-4 to it. I have made sure it is properly mounted and installed. It is still REALLY bad! Please help!
September 13, 2012 4:16:07 PM

Did you look up the average temperatures you can expect from it with that processor? If so, what are other people getting?

BTW, there are no guarantees that it is even supposed to be better than the stock fan. It probably is supposed to be better, but the stock fan/heat sink isn't as bad as many people think, especially if it is mounted right.

Which brings me to my next question: Are you sure its mounted right and are you sure the paste is being applied right? Anything even slightly off in there can make your temperatures horrible, especially air pockets in the paste.

Also, are you OCing at all?

BTW, just so you can be aware of this, heat comes from wattage pretty much. The FX-4100 is already a super high wattage chip stock and wattage scales up faster than performance when OCing.

Lastly, even 61c is not that bad and there is nothing stopping you from putting the stock fan back on there.
September 13, 2012 6:12:05 PM

Is there good airflow through your case?
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September 16, 2012 7:36:13 AM

I solved the problem. The stupid instructions that came with the fan never said anything about how far in the brackets should be, i removed it and moved one of them in and is now getting the normal temps again. However my case has HORRIBLE airflow and i am getting a new one as we speak.
September 16, 2012 11:33:43 AM

Glad to hear it was a simple fix. Hope you enjoy your new case.
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