Originally Posted by bullet_101
So I just got my new rig together yesterday and something i've noticed is my core temps are 10 degrees, core 1 being the coldest and core 4 being hotter. Under load and at idle. I'm useing a 2500k with a 212+. I've tried reseating the cooler 4 times, reapplied the TIM useing a rice sized dot in the centre, and tried making a line across the CPU. Still no difference. A friend of mine has a 2500k on a stock cooler and his temps don't variate more than 2-3 degrees. Should I just start RMAing stuff till it goes away or is this normal?
I have a similar variation. I've been told that its normal for Intel CPU's to vary like this. I came from AMD cpu that had even temps for all four cores, so I was worried. If you are unhappy with the temps, then you could potentially RMA it, although, if it is working fine, I don't see why you would. Are you planning on overclocking a lot?
Also for a 212+ a rice sized dot of TIM is probably not enough. Most of it probably went into the cracks between the heat sink plate and the heat pipes. You probably want to put a little more than that. The way I did mine was to put thin lines on each of the silver parts between the heat pipes.
What are your temps btw?