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post #11 of 22
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Ok, so I went into the BIOS and here are the results:

CPU Temps: 60C
Motherboard Temps: 38C
CPU Fan Speed: ~1740RPM

I don't have much experience with this stuff so I don't know if those values are normal. I know that in the BIOS the temps are usually higher because it doesn't have power saving features and there's no idle state but I don't know what they should be in general.
post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by Darco19 View Post
It would be safer to just get some even better TIM to go with your new aftermarket cooler tbh, you'll get double gains there.

I would say there is a chance that your AS5 has expired, and whilst your at it, just get some better ones, since there has been quite some developments over the years.

More speifically, I would recommend Shin-Etsu 778D, it's much better than AS5 and pretty cheap too
According to the testing here (it was posted 2 years ago) http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.ph...&limitstart=12 the Arctic Silver 5 is still on top.
post #13 of 22
I don't think anyone asked, but is your CPU overclocked? And even if not, what voltage are you running it at?
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post #14 of 22
If it's not dry and doesn't appear watery, it's probably good. It isn't going to hurt to try it. You will know right away if it's not up to spec. Just run Prime and watch your temps. If your temps get 2+ degrees higher than before, get rid of it and buy some new.

It's not like your CPU is going to have a meltdown before you can even get into Windows and check the temps (or even the BIOS). I've booted up on dried out paste before and it was still not THAT hot until it was put under load.

(It was a mobo+cpu combo I bought used off Ebay. They prob got rid of it because of overheating. I got a great deal and I only had to change the TIM.)
post #15 of 22
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I don't think anyone asked, but is your CPU overclocked? And even if not, what voltage are you running it at?
It's not overclocked and according to CPU-Z the CPU voltage is ~1.304 at idle. I have attached a screenshot of CPU-Z. This is at idle with only Firefox (1 tab) running.

In BIOS I'm running default settings with the exception of the RAM, I'm running it in XMP Profile. It's Corsair Vengeance 1866.

Btw, I just changed the TIM and it's running at approximately the same temps. No change whatsoever. The TIM did look a little watery though. I used the BB size dot in the middle of the CPU method and then spread it with the heatsink. I'll just order new TIM when I get my aftermarket heatsink and replace it with that. Should be pretty soon.
Edited by mrwalker - 8/22/11 at 3:19pm
post #16 of 22
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There is something that has me worried though. There is a heatsink or something on the motherboard that is moving instead of being stationary. It is right next to the CPU and it's for the VRM (I think?). You can check out the thread I made when I first built the computer and tell me what you think about this. The thread can be found here: http://www.overclock.net/intel-mothe...heatsinks.html. Is it possible that the heatsink from that thread is causing the high temps on the CPU?
post #17 of 22
Ok mrwalker, if the Arctic Siver 5 has not been used, set it vertical with the cap DOWN overnight so that any liquid will not be the first thing to squirt out.

It should be fine as far as its properties.

Just do as I suggested and it will be fine.

If you do get some solidified chunks out of the syringe, throw it away and get a new tube.

Edit: Reminds me I need to order more AS5, I'm out argh...
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post #18 of 22
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Is the CPU voltage normal? What about the heatsink issue on the mobo? What do you guys think?
post #19 of 22
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Is the CPU voltage normal? What about the heatsink issue on the mobo? What do you guys think?
If your BIOS says it is that hot than it must really be that hot.

I thought that stock voltage was about 1.2v for a 2600k. Mother boards don't always set this right. I'd try turning that voltage down some. Or maybe just reset your CMOS and see what it auto sets to again.

I think you could put icy hot on there for thermal compound and have better temps(just a figure of speech...don't try that). It is possible that the heat paste is bad, but it would be the last in the line of suspects if I was in your situation.

Your CPU fan RPMs for a stock cooler appear to be good though...so rule that out unless it is a cake of dust.

It is possible you have a bad temp sensor too...but again, I would think this unlikely.

As for that heat sink moving around that is fine. The various heat sinks on mother boards are typically just held on with little plastic pegs or tiny springs. A little movement is fine as lost as it is touching the surface well.

Though that is another thing...I would love five minutes alone with the person who thought up the mounting system for the Intel stock cooler. Make sure that thing is on there good. I never put them on without having the mother board out of the case. If one of the plastic pegs are not fully pushed in you will see high temps.
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post #20 of 22
The silver particles in AS5 tend to settle over time, I would get new paste.
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