Just called Intel technical support. The customer service rep didn't say much of anything that was useful. He just kept saying that if its under 67 degrees Celsius at idle they consider it OK and if it's under TJmax of 105 at load, they consider it OK.
I ran Intel Diagnostic tool on the processor and hit 95 degrees Celsius. The rep on the phone was running an I7-3770S and he hit 90 degrees on the same test. I don't know what this tells me.
I jumped into the first mission of the BF3 campaign and eventually hit around 90 degrees Celsius. Earlier today, at stock, I hit 102 on prime95 blend test. Would love to see the temps of someone under prime95 full load using the stock cooler/default bios settings. So I could see how bad this really is.
I think I am going to purchase a Hyper 212 Evo and check my temps before sending it back. I just have zero faith a change in cooler is going to bring me down ~40 degrees Celsius at load. I considered getting the H100 for the HAF-X but I KNOW people are getting 4.5GHz with decent temps on this baby with air cooling solutions such as the hyper 212.
Anyone have further thoughts on what I should do?