May i know what is the normal temperature of cpus in stock speeds (w/out overclocking).
My mobo bios reads that the cpu temp is 50~60 Celsius (Just start-up). I never tried overclocking or folding. The cpu speed is 3.2Ghz. Please advise best course of actions if the temps are abnormal. I will apply new thermal paste if the temps are agreed to be bad..
Mobo: Asus IV Gene (X79)
HDD: WD Green 2TB
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100
GPU: AMD Radeon 7950
PSU: ACBEL 750W
OS: Win 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
Casing: Sharkoon Scorpio 1000 ATX Tower Casing
BTW, does Corsair H100 comes with thermal paste applied by the manufacturer? Because i directly mount the heat sink with what appears to be thermal paste on the Corsair's heat sink....
This rig is built on July 2012 but the HDD is 2 years old. The ambient temperature of my room is 31 Degree Celsius. Dust is not the problem.. My cooler seem to release decent amount of heat out. No random BSOD or sudden shut-down. My mobo bios is downloaded from Asus website. However, I have problem transferring files for more than 20 mins (The OS will fail to detect the HDD... then the OS freezes but it does not shut down - Have to shut down manually). The HDD is used for (2 years) downloading.
Try running prime95 torture test while monitoring temps with HWmonitor (freeware). If it goes above 80 C, you probably have a cooling issue, but I don't think damage is done until over 100 (Where it should have a built in thermal shutdown to protect it). Stop the test if it goes above 85, though, just to be safe.
BIOS runs one busy loop at the stock non turbo speed on one core(so you are not idling). That'll warm up the cpu and you will see high temps and if you are not exceeding 60 C with 31 C ambient then trust me your cpu cooling is fine. The preapplied thermal compound on your heat sink is high quality and good for non OC'ed cpu.
When you monitor temps through windows, you'll see much lower temps and probably between mid to high 30C range.
Tcase is the temp that is read at the cpu heat spreader and not you core temp which can go as high as 103-104C for short durations. Temps below 75C are good temps for the cpu.
If you are unconfortable running Prime95, then run IPDT (download and install from Intel website). It will stress test your cpu and will log the data for temps as well. The IPDT run will surely give you confidence in your cooling solution although I am quiet confident that your temps are good.
Edit> you seem to have a failing hard drive rather than an overheating cpu
At first I loosen and fit back my cooler. The thermal paste seem fine. I tighten the screw by following the x-pattern. Should I apply a new set of paste each time I remove my cooler? 31 Celcius is normal in Malaysia.
I will try prime95 but not today.
I ran IPDT64 - rev 184.108.40.206 and below are the results.
Bottom line my mobo still read 50 Celsius at start and going up to 55 once windows start.
MMX Test Result --- PASS
SSE Test Result --- PASS
SSE2 Test Result --- PASS
SSE3 Test Result --- PASS
SSSE3 Test Result --- PASS
SSE4.1 Test Result --- PASS
SSE4.2 Test Result --- PASS
MMX SSE Testing Passed !!