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So I went ahead and grabbed a 955 while it was on sale to replace a very aging 64x2 5600+, and I've heard all the horror stories about the stock cooler being garbage, but even still, my idle temps seem way too high. At stock, I'm seeing temps in the high 40's / low 50's, and I'm starting to fear putting it under load since it pushes it to the phenom's supposed thermal ceiling. Even using some random garbage thermal paste, I assumed it would drop the temps a ways, but they remain the same as when I had it on with the stock gel.


Just would like to know if this is really all just all the cooler, or if somehow I might have a bad chip. Voltage in Bios is manual and set to 1.325, but cpuz reads 1.392
post #2 of 17
Is this at stock clocks? And ambient temps have a lot to do with this. My house is sitting around 40C right now, so if you're idling that high it might just be due to ambients. What really matter are load temps, but if those are too high you should definitely look into getting a new cooler.

Seems like you already tried reseating the heatsink with new TIM, but if not? Always a good idea. Also make sure your case airflow is adequate.

But, your first move should be to test the temps under load to see if this is really an issue; idle temps don't really matter.
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Maybe your mobo overvolts,set the voltage manualy to 1.250 mine x2 runs flawlessly at those volts you can try also to underclock maybe you cna try 1.2250v and 3000mhz.
What is your MB i had a problem with asus m2n-sli deluxe it was overvolting and i had the same temps but with a 555 x2
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So I went ahead and grabbed a 955 while it was on sale to replace a very aging 64x2 5600+, and I've heard all the horror stories about the stock cooler being garbage, but even still, my idle temps seem way too high. At stock, I'm seeing temps in the high 40's / low 50's, and I'm starting to fear putting it under load since it pushes it to the phenom's supposed thermal ceiling. Even using some random garbage thermal paste, I assumed it would drop the temps a ways, but they remain the same as when I had it on with the stock gel.


Just would like to know if this is really all just all the cooler, or if somehow I might have a bad chip. Voltage in Bios is manual and set to 1.325, but cpuz reads 1.392
Get an aftermarket heatsink. The stock one is garbage.
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Yeah, at stock clocks, I bumped the multiplier and took it to 3.6 and only saw an increase in idle temps of about 2-3 degrees, was just playing with it to see.

But in short yes, stock voltage, stock clocks, 50ish idle temps. 60ish when close to full load, haven't even Prime95'd it because I know it will push it up above the magic 62 mark. My 5600+ idled around 30 and maxed out mid forties, Ambient temps have been high, but at the moment it's probably 70ish Fahrenheit in the room, so that's not it

Edit: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128394 here's the mobo, not sure if it has a reputation of over volting
Edited by Crazykirsch - 6/11/11 at 1:18am
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Yeah, at stock clocks, I bumped the multiplier and took it to 3.6 and only saw an increase in idle temps of about 2-3 degrees, was just playing with it to see.

But in short yes, stock voltage, stock clocks, 50ish idle temps. 60ish when close to full load, haven't even Prime95'd it because I know it will push it up above the magic 62 mark. My 5600+ idled around 30 and maxed out mid forties, Ambient temps have been high, but at the moment it's probably 70ish Fahrenheit in the room, so that's not it
If your ambients aren't too hot and you're at stock clocks and voltage, it's got to be either airflow or the cooler. I'd pick up an aftermarket cooler and new TIM if you're wanting to overclock it at all. Doesn't look like you have much headroom there.

PS: I'm not entirely familiar with AMD CPUs, so I'm not sure what you mean by the "magic 62 mark." Intel CPUs maybe run hotter, but I know those are safe at 10-15C hotter than that. But, if what you mean is that it will shut down at these temps, I'd invest the money in a new heatsink.
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post #7 of 17
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Yeah, just from lurking around here, I got the impression that 62 is about as hot as you want phenom ii's to get under load. I actually have a tube of arctic silver 5, but a friend borrowed it at my behest for his new 212+, I think I may just buckle and order one myself, or a mugen 2. see if that helps
post #8 of 17
I would try to reseat the heatsink and use just a very small dot of TIM in the center of the cpu this time. Im guessing you may have a bad heatsink installation.
post #9 of 17
Yeah you don't want to go past 62c or expose you 955 to prolonged periods at that temp. The stock cooler really is that bad and if you have high ambients then it doesn't make it any better. Your best bet is to just get an aftermarket cooler. Something decent to get those temps down.
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post #10 of 17
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I don't think it's a seating issue, I've reseated it twice already, and I've gotten to the point where I can pretty much nail the perfect sized dot of TIM when installing CPU's. I'm just going to break down and grab a cooler, If high temps persist then I guess I'll know its some kind of voltage / airflow problem. Thanks anyways for all the advice, appreciated
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