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CPU temp spike. Time for Cooling Solutions?

post #1 of 11
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Hi everyone!

According to AMD AI Suite II and HWmonitor, my CPU temperatures are spiking in BF3 (minimum specs but with 1920x 1080 32-bit rez) and War of the Roses. They spike from 36-42c idle to 68c within a minute of starting the games. The temp climbs quickly from there and I get warnings at 65c.

Mobo temp stays around 32c and GPUs stay around 45c with my case open.

I wanted to get your opinions on whether this is unusual with my specs before spending any more money.

I've already tried cleaning the CPU/heatsink with 99% Iso Alc and reapplying the thermal compound. Both thermal compound and fan are pretty generic/stock. So I'm already researching performance compounds and cooler towers.

Also I've set all my CPU settings to power save to try to cool it further. The only other thing I can think of is turning off some cores. Also, the CPU isn't overclocked.

Specs to follow

Motherboard: ASUS M5A99X EVO
CPU: AMD Phenom II 955 x4 3.2 GHz
Memory: 8192 MB
GPU: EVGA GTX 570 oc x2
OS: Win 7 64 bit

All Drivers are up to date using Driver Genius 11

I appreciate the help!
post #2 of 11
I would just use some Arctic Silver 5 compound and some form of bigger heat sink.

65c isn't that high really, I mean it is getting close but I would be happy with 65c as long as it got no higher.
 
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post #3 of 11
welcome to the forums,
it looks like you need a cooler and one quick easy one would be the cooler master 212.
can extend your temp range enough to play.. but if you want more better, look into the
mid-high end coolers like NH-D14, Phantecs, Silver Arrow.. the TIM (thermal interface
material) is 2°-3° if any so buying expensive TIM is not really going to make the difference.


airdeano
Edited by airdeano - 10/8/12 at 4:00pm
post #4 of 11
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Thanks for the welcome and I appreciate the quick replies.

The CPU is not overclocked. And yes, the temperature climbes to about 75c and climbing in 5 minutes! Heck, starting the computer after having it off all night put my at 50c. Though it calmed down to as low as 36c after that.

Before I started monitoring the temperatures I was able to play for a couple of hours without anything shutting down.

I'll look into the Cooler Master 212, my main concern is finding a tower that will actually fit without overlapping the DIMM slots! But it sounds like we have a concensus here.

Thanks!
Edited by rudiger650 - 10/8/12 at 4:09pm
post #5 of 11
I have never had a rad that won't clear my DIMM slots. If the RAM is heatsinked with some kind of huge blue spiky tower thing then just take it off, it doesn't need it.

My Noctua NH-D14 clears my Ripjaw Vengance sticks with no issue.
 
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post #6 of 11
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Just ordered a Coolermaster 212 Hyper + and some Scythe Kama Flow 2 120 fans so hopefully I'll be good to go!
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Good choice smile.gif
 
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post #8 of 11
yea if you do have ram with super tall heatsinks like the corsair vengeance i have in my case then you either have to move the ram over so its not in the first slot closest to the cpu. this will be different for every mobo im sure. but if all 4 ram slots are full with tall ram with heatsinks you can either put the fan on the otherside of the 212 in a pull configuration which i started out with OR you can remove the heatsinks from the ram OR you can attach the fan on the heatsink like normal and have it a little higher up on the tower so its on the front and clears the ram(the problem with this is if your case isnt very wide then the fan will hit the side of your case)
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post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by GerroffMe View Post

I would just use some Arctic Silver 5 compound and some form of bigger heat sink.
65c isn't that high really, I mean it is getting close but I would be happy with 65c as long as it got no higher.

Ehm, this is not intel, max temp is 62c for 955. And he says it's exceeding that with the stock cooler on stock settings. Hyper 212+ is a core-contact type cooler and AS5 doesn't always work well with them. AS5 likes flat regular cooler surfaces because it likes to be really thin with minimal difference. You can also use the compound that comes with the cooler.
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post #10 of 11
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Cooler should get here tomorrow. For now I have the open propped against my room fan blasting out the window. CPU didn't get above 71c after several hours of BF3 and it played wonderfully.

Does SLI automatically mean the CPU temp should shoot up so high? I never measured the temp before. It seems logical to me that the extra GPU should be taking more strain OFF the CPU.

Could I have been playing too hot this whole time?

Again, the mobo and GPU temperatures were fine the whole time so this isn't an ambient temperature-thing.
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