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I purchased a HR-02 a few days back second-hand, my main reason being it being completely passive. When I got the cooler, I installed it and when I boot up immediate shut-off.
I boot up again and I get a glimpse of the CPU temperature at the boot screen and it reads 97 degrees Celsius.
I realized the lack of TIM might cause this issue so I applied a butt-load of TIM just to be sure and sure enough, booted up to 45'C on all cores and was pleased, but when I ran Prime95 it went upto 81'C, before it could go further I shut it off.
A friend of mine advised me to check the flatness of the base and sure enough, it was convex, TIM applied in the suggested rice grain method was concentrated in the center only.
I attached a fan and was met with almost no change in it.
Was the HR-02 built with only Intel in mind? Or am I doing it wrong?
HR-02 owners please offer your valuable inputs.
I plan to run it passively on a stock clocked 965BE, adding fans when I decide to OC.
Also, a Sandy Bridge setup (i5 2500K+P8P67 Pro) is incoming, should I keep the HR-02 for this or should I dump it for a flat base cooler?
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post #2 of 12
Just as a FYI, a large amount of TIM applied can be just as harmful to temperatures as no TIM at all (which I'm not sure why you would run it that way unless you had both lapped together).

You could always try lapping the surface to get it to a nice flat base instead of convex which would possibly help out with temperatures.
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post #3 of 12
use the slowest / silencest fan as u can get....
especially when u're running an CPU with >95watt TDP
post #4 of 12
Re-apply the TIM, mount the heatsink and then take it off again. Check the TIM distribution. If it looks off check the mounting set up. If everything else looks to be in order I'd contact Thermalright for a replacement. Don't bother with lapping Thermalright know what they're doing.

That said, you shouldn't run it passive. You get significantly better temps with a 1200mm fan at 700rpm. If it's a good fan it will be barely audible even late at night with the windows closed. *Dual fans might be worth experimenting with even, either for better cooling at the same RPMs or same cooling at lower PRMs.
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post #5 of 12
Passive on a Phenom? You can get away with it on the 2500k, but dunno about 45nm.
post #6 of 12
This cooler is fine, you can run it passive.
Re-apply TIM, place thin lines along the base of the heatpipes, where they contact the CPU (not rice-grain, it's only recommended on non-pipe coolers).
Also, reset to stock first, then change cooler and OC again.
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post #7 of 12
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This cooler is fine, you can run it passive.
Re-apply TIM, place thin lines along the base of the heatpipes, where they contact the CPU (not rice-grain, it's only recommended on non-pipe coolers).
Also, reset to stock first, then change cooler and OC again.
no Thermalright products use the HDT method on their base, I'm affraid
post #8 of 12
Yeah no thin lines for the Macho, it ain't "direct touch". Arctic Silver recommends middle dot: http://www.arcticsilver.com/amd_application_method.html
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post #10 of 12
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Well, running my Phenom II X4 on a X2's stock cooler and 80'C is a common temperature at load.
:S
I don't want to risk lapping it and as for the contact surface. The TIM is spread very thickly in the center only. I tried the rice-grain method and this was the result.
I'll try the lines method. This thing ran a i7 920 OC'ed at 70'C for gods sake. It should be able to handle a Phenom II X4....
At any rate, any and all permutations will be tried tomorrow.
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