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post #1 of 18
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So, checking through HWmonitor the temps are about 50c idle.

When I went into bios it said the temp is only about 97c idling..

I'm greatly alarmed and wondering what could cause this disparity.

Processor intel i5 2500k with a stock cooler.
The mobo is a P8P67 pro
Bios version 1502

The case is a corsair obsidian 650d so it doesn't lack for airflow.

Two ATI 6870 GPUs.
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post #2 of 18
Whoa whoa whoa, did it say 97C or 97F? eek.gif

I'd try re-seating the fan/heatsink, and make sure it's making contact with the processor.
 
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post #3 of 18
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Whoa whoa whoa, did it say 97C or 97F? eek.gif
I'd try re-seating the fan/heatsink, and make sure it's making contact with the processor.

97c is what the bios says.

I was quite alarmed myself.. I actually didn't believe it until I came and saw it in the bios for myself. My Girlfriend had built this computer before christmas and if this has been on going I'm surprised it isn't burned up yet.
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post #4 of 18
I'd be surprised too! Have you tried resetting the BIOS to see if it fixes anything?


And don't worry, if it ever overheats, your computer should shut off long before any long-term damage happens.
Edited by onoz - 5/10/12 at 1:46pm
 
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post #5 of 18
Must be a case of the HSF not being seated properly. Did she use TIM?
post #6 of 18
Yes, a reseat of the heatsink is imminent.
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post #7 of 18
A CPU runs at load clocks in BIOS, not idle clocks, so temps are always higher in BIOS than idle in Windows.
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post #8 of 18
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Ok so I opened the case and felt the cooler, it actually physically felt loose.

I opened the back of the case to see that the heat sink didn't seem even on that side either.

I did my best to push down/tighten it up and when we turned on her comp and got into bios, it actually hovered around 80c before slowly edging back up to 97c over the course of a few minutes.

I think it's time to replace the stock heatsink.. I doubt we have much to worry about as it doesn't get that hot in windows but, truth be told I'm worried the stock heatsink will get loose again and hover at higher temps than I would feel comfortable with. 97c even under load just seems way too high for a desktop unit.. Even if it is "safe" it is too far from "ideal" for me. I have a Corsair H50 that I took out of my rig a few months ago (I managed to rig it into my case but, it was too hard to clean) Her case doesn't get as dirty as mine.. so I think it will work better with hers if I can find the proper back plate and stuff.

After this event, I may never use a stock heatsink again.. They always just seem incredibly low quality.. excessively hard to get on and a real PITA.. I've had a "hard time" getting on after market heat sinks.. but, they never give me as much trouble as stock..
Edited by Snow_Fox - 5/10/12 at 9:20pm
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post #9 of 18
I assume that this is a 2500k or something near it, thats an INSANE temperature it should be throttling and shutting down. I'm not sure how you're getting that high of temps in the BIOS and not in Windows. Stock cooler will do an adequate job if seating and TIM'd properly.
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post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by Snow_Fox View Post

Ok so I opened the case and felt the cooler, it actually physically felt loose.
I opened the back of the case to see that the heat sink didn't seem even on that side either.
I did my best to push down/tighten it up and when we turned on her comp and got into bios, it actually hovered around 80c before slowly edging back up to 97c over the course of a few minutes.
I think it's time to replace the stock heatsink.. I doubt we have much to worry about as it doesn't get that hot in windows but, truth be told I'm worried the stock heatsink will get loose again and hover at higher temps than I would feel comfortable with. 97c even under load just seems way too high for a desktop unit.. Even if it is "safe" it is too far from "ideal" for me. I have a Corsair H50 that I took out of my rig a few months ago (I managed to rig it into my case but, it was too hard to clean) Her case doesn't get as dirty as mine.. so I think it will work better with hers if I can find the proper back plate and stuff.
After this event, I may never use a stock heatsink again.. They always just seem incredibly low quality.. excessively hard to get on and a real PITA.. I've had a "hard time" getting on after market heat sinks.. but, they never give me as much trouble as stock..

If you're looking for a replacement heatsink, the Noctua NH-D14 is a good recommendation for air cooling, and so is the H100 (if you've got the space for it) for watercooling, or the H80 which takes up only one casefan spot.
 
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