I was somewhat misinformed at first. The temps I was looking at were in BIOS. When in windows the temps are slightly lower around 49-50c at idle. Am I correct in thinking this is still too high? I have AMD cool n quiet enabled and everything. I made sure the heatsink was seated firmly in place but still getting these temps. Just watching a vid on youtube brings the temp up to 55-57c. I got this cpu just a few days ago. Jan 24th I believe. Should I return it for a new one? or is there still possibly something I'm missing?
Thanks for all the help so far btw everyone.
Sathid, BIOS reports temps higher than windows. It is a normal thing. BIOS is a single thread busy non ending loop that keeps waiting for user input. At BIOS level, Cool&Quiet or for Intel users Speedstep, do not activate. Your cpu runs one core at its maximum default non turbo speed.
Seeing 60+ temps in BIOS is normal for almost everyone with Stock cooler and 30C ambient. I get to 66-68C if I stay in BIOS for long time during Indian summer (34-36C ambient, no air conditioning). With current 30C ambient, my 2400 sits at 32-33 C idle(windows)/ 61-62 BIOS.
What BIOS will never the less ensure is you do not jump your CPU TDP. There are fail safes that will turn off your cpu in case that happens so relax.
Stop re-seating your HSF. you've done a decent job.