Originally Posted by Ranger1230
also would the bad mounting job explain why each cpu core has a large variation of temp? like core 1 is 51 while core 2 is 46 and core 3 is 49 and core 4 is 43. I would have expected them to be mach closer together since they are like a centimeter apart.
Were they like that on your previous cooler? Some variation in idle temps is normal as the sensors are geared to work better at load temps. Mine idle 4-5Â°C apart (lowest to highest) and although 8Â°C is at the high end of that it is still possible that it is a sensor issue. Do they get closer together under load? If so then no problem, if not then possible mounting issue.
I would check the things that andrewmchugh mentioned earlier, fan orientation and pump RPM. The outside of the fans should look different, so you should be able to see both these faces on the outside of your rad:
If both faces look the same then you need to switch one fan round, as they are both blowing in or sucking out of the rad. For reference the side with the sticker on is the exhaust side.
Some mobo headers limit the voltage based on CPU temperature, although I would hope that they are putting out 12v at 85Â°C. Check the RPMs, and you may need to change the BIOS settings to ensure that your pump runs at full speed all the time. On ASUS mobos you need to select "disable" on the fan control for the header that your pump is plugged into.
If that all checks out then you are looking at a re-mount. You will need to clean the old TIM off (a shame as it is good stuff) and re-apply new stuff.Edited by GingerJohn - 6/21/11 at 11:03am