Originally Posted by Totally Dubbed
OK bro - there's something wrong.
I feel as if it is the fan + mount.
First of all let me clear something up: 75c on stock is NOT normal, not even the STOCK INTEL COOLER should go that high, on STOCK clocks.
Secondly: Have you ever re-used thermal paste?
By the description you were giving - it seems as if you were intending to use paste off the copper plate of a cooler and applying that on your CPU? If so - that's very wrong. Never re-use USED thermal paste, or thermal paste that isn't in a tube/bottle - put it that way.
Next up is your fans:
You can see via HWmonitor 1 fan is running at 100%, but the others don't seem to be running.
I would look inside your case and make sure they are actually spinning. More so, see what I said about CPU OPT - change that to a CPU CHAS - both of them.
Finally, go into bios, set the fan speeds from there, and uninstall AI suite for the time being. Software could be crippling your fans (ie fan xpert thing)
Can you give me an idea as to what might be wrong with the fans or the mounting of the cooler? I've connected the fans as to CPU_fan and CPU_opt headers on the motherboard and they are running at max rpm after setting them to max in the BIOS. I've also uninstalled AI Suite II. So that has probably fixed the fan rpm issue. Now about the mount, I cant see how it could be done wrong since there is only one way to mount the heatsink to the motherboard. I used the EVO brackets on the SP120s to mount them to the heatsink, if it helps.
I was talking about using the paste thats left in the tube that came with the EVO. I used some of it and some of it is left in the tube.
I have the three stock fans on my 600T - one 120mm exhaust at the back, and the front and top has two 200mm each for intake. They arent showing up in HWMonitor probably because I connected them to the fan controller of the case. But yes, they are spinning, I can assure you that.
The SP120s are also spinning and the extra noise after reconfiguring the BIOS settings only proves that they are running at higher speeds than before.
I have one of the SP120s connected to CPU_opt and the other to CPU_fan. To what header should I connect the one on the CPU_opt header since you're suggesting against using the CPU_opt header? Will the fan still be detected in BIOS as CPU fans if I connect it to CPU_CHA?
Originally Posted by Edkiefer
Looks like your at 100% now with fan speed . As others have said the cpu_opt fan probably not showing in software . If it shows same speed in bios or asus probe I guess you can't control 3 wire fans in cpu headers .
I wouldn't use chassis even if you can set it cause you need fast response to core temps that chassis won't give .
If I was you I would either try for 4.3 or upgrade to AIO water if you find reseating HS don't help , something at least H80i or up . I would try an keep core temps no higher than 80-85c under prime95 . that give you around 70-75c in normal app/games
So what header do you suggest I use for the SP120s if you're against using CPU_CHA and CPU_opt?
I'll see if remounting the cooler or reapplying TIM helps. Then I'll look into other options.
Originally Posted by justanoldman
Ok, so you have the fans plugged into the two CPU fan headers, that is perfect. You will only ever see one listing for the fans because, as I posted, those two headers are treated as one. Which is fine, both your fans will be controlled the same.
If you can’t get something like MX4 or Noctua paste, then AS5 will do for now. A better paste will give you a couple degrees better but you can worry about that later if you don’t have access to those pastes now.
Your temps are too high for stock imo, I think too much TIM is the issue and possible a suboptimal cooler mount. AS5 is easy to use, clean up, and it is cheap. I have used it before for testing purposes. There is no TIM with the 3770k, but you can use the TIM that came with the cooler if you have enough. Like I posted before, it will probably take you a few tries to get it right.
Room temps are usually reported by people here having a thermometer or thermostat in the room or nearby. I have a digital one sitting next to my rig. It is a very useful tool when testing and comparing. Since room temps change, you need to account for that in any testing that you do.
Edit: Any pics of your rig? As TD posted, where are your case fans?
I've found another thermal paste to be available - Cooler Master Thermal Fusion 400. Is it any good? How does it stack up against stock EVO TIM? Because I still have some EVO TIM left that I think can be used for at least two more times.
I will reapply the TIM as soon as I'm decided on what TIM I;m going to use.
I dont have a thermostat, but I have thermometers (the ones used to measure body temp during fevers). Will those do?
I think that the case fans arent showing up in HWMonitor because I connected them to the fan controller of the 600T instead of the motherboard.
I cannot think of any possible reasons why the heatsink would be mounted wrongly on the motherboard. I mean, there is only one way to mount it, right? Please give me some pointers as to how I can detect if my mounting is wrong.
Here's a photo of my case (last one in the album) : http://www.overclock.net/g/i/1428657/a/932755/official-corsair-graphite-club/sort/display_order/
Originally Posted by qdrummer21
I agree with everyone else and would recommend everything they've suggested to you as well.
One thing I haven't seen asked, I doubt it is the case as its actually a fairly simple item but is still worth asking, are you sure your CPU fans are installed on the cooler correctly? If they are blowing air in opposite directions you won't get the best results from your cooler.
I used the EVO brackets to mount them on the heatsink. There's a link to a photo of my case right above, see if you can find something wrong with it.
Originally Posted by Totally Dubbed
Agreed - well said
I personally use the line method.
I actually do a TINY line.
Here's two pictures from me - I did experimenting and with my cooler, the Antec 920 - mini-line method gave me the best temps and the best spread:
Agreed again - the spread method isn't great.
Indeed - liquid metal like CLU - would want to spread.
Get rid of the RAM and try different slots and/or having only 1 RAM in.
I suspect one of the RAM slots or RAMs could have been shorted.
Saw your posts.
Do a memtest 86 to be sure.
I was stable for over 2 months with an OC - then got BSODs all the time.
Turned out one of the modules was never correct, and indeed faulty.
Could be that you have faulty RAM - who knows.
So should I follow the first image or the second when applying TIM? and do I need to apply it to the bottom of the heatsink as well?
Also, how do I clean the existing TIM on the heatsink and the chip?
Thanks a lot everyone! I really appreciate your help!