Just have a simple question here. I just replaced my old E5700 dual core with a Q2C Q9400
My old CPU was running around 60-65 peak temps under moderate to heavy load, didnt know of/use prime95 at the time.
Due to concern of my ability to apply thermal paste, I have been using it with my new CPU to take things for a test run.
As of right now, during regular intensive usage ( multiple games open, multiple apps, enough to bottleneck my GPU and put CPU around 60% - 70% usage ) my temps range from 60-70 degrees.
While running Prime95 my temps are capping at 79/73/76/77.
I have checked my TIM application multiple times to ensure a thin even coat, and seem to be doing ok with it, if possibly a little thick. ( Cleaned with rubbing alcohol and reapplied each time )
My question is - Are these acceptable temperatures for prolonged usage, since I dont currently have the budget for a better cooling unit?
72c is the max Intel allows. Save your money for a better heatsink, and stop using prime 95. You already know your heatsink is not adequate, so don't stress your system until you can get a better cooler.
It may run; if it's too hot for windows, then it will freeze, or start rebooting. I wouldn't play too long. Limit yourself to 20-30 minutes at a time. You can also try removing the side panel and see if that helps. I use coretemp when I want to monitor temps, but accuracy varies.