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Hey guys, quick question, I recently built my computer and today Installed a Seidon 120M liquid cooler.

I was wondering if the temps I am getting are consistent with what water cooling offers ( I want to know I installed correctly lol)

My i7 3770k is stock at the moment, I threw on Prime95 stress test it brought me up to 100% usage and after 5 minutes, these are my temps. Is this good? I f I am not mistaken, this should give me a fair amount of room to overclock before hitting 85 Celsius, where I should stop.

Also, core one is consistantly the hottest by about 5 degrees, any reason for this?

Thanks in advance for the help !

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Core 1 or 2 is usually the hottest, that is normal, and the spread between your max temps is fine too.

The problem is, if those are you temps after only 5 min of prime at stock on your chip, no overclock, then those temps are too high. Are you sure it was installed correctly? Those temps would tell me it is not making good contact with your IHS. Maybe a backplate problem or something on your mobo preventing it from sitting correctly.

Edit:
Check out this review, they got 52c at stock on a 3570k. Now you have a 3770k and might have gotten one with a particularly bad glue installation from Intel causing higher than average temps, but even with that you should not be hitting 70c at stock.
http://www.pureoverclock.com/Review-detail/cooler-master-seidon-120m-liquid-cpu-cooler/6/
Edited by justanoldman - 6/1/13 at 5:27pm
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Thank you for the reply, im definately going to get this checked out, based on the review, your right, im way too high
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70C isn't horrible considering the Seidon 120M is about the smallest capacity all-in-one water cooler out there. Double check your fan speeds, if it's not going into jet turbine territory with the fans under load, you might not get stellar cooling results with that unit.

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Core 1 or 2 is usually the hottest, that is normal, and the spread between your max temps is fine too.

The problem is, if those are you temps after only 5 min of prime at stock on your chip, no overclock, then those temps are too high. Are you sure it was installed correctly? Those temps would tell me it is not making good contact with your IHS. Maybe a backplate problem or something on your mobo preventing it from sitting correctly.

Edit:
Check out this review, they got 52c at stock on a 3570k. Now you have a 3770k and might have gotten one with a particularly bad glue installation from Intel causing higher than average temps, but even with that you should not be hitting 70c at stock.
http://www.pureoverclock.com/Review-detail/cooler-master-seidon-120m-liquid-cpu-cooler/6/

Could this possibly be due to the thermal paste if I didnt apply correctly? I believe I used enough however did not apply continuous pressure when screwing it down. Watching the cool master videos, thats the only thing i could improve upon. I think ill re-attempt tomorrow, see if it helps.

Heres a pic of the rig too...

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70C isn't horrible considering the Seidon 120M is about the smallest capacity all-in-one water cooler out there. Double check your fan speeds, if it's not going into jet turbine territory with the fans under load, you might not get stellar cooling results with that unit.

Greg
5 minutes of Prime95 does not even get to the 8k tests which are the hot ones, and he is at stock with no oc, so I would say 70c sounds measurably too high. You are right, he should check that the fans are both pointing the same way with airflow and are at the right speeds.
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Could this possibly be due to the thermal paste if I didnt apply correctly? I believe I used enough however did not apply continuous pressure when screwing it down. Watching the cool master videos, thats the only thing i could improve upon. I think ill re-attempt tomorrow, see if it helps.
Most people use too much thermal paste, but only testing will tell you. I would recommend getting a tube of something that is easy to clean up, then spend some time testing a small drop or very think line (assuming you are not using one of the those TIMs that specifically say they have to be spread).

It is normal for people to misalign the backplate, or not tighten he screws in a slow cross diagonal order to get a good even mount. You can take pics of the TIM fingerprint on the cooler and your IHS to see how it spread. You want to see a nice even layer on both surfaces, but without too much TIM which causes problems.
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justanoldman --> Thanx for the input re: thermal paste, i took it easy when applying and think i screwed it down inn a much better fashion, here is my new results. Notably cooler. Is this more on track (again this is after 5 min

hammong --> thank you as well for your input, I see what your saying, this unit is quite wimpy. Perhaps these new values are as good as it gets.

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Those are better, but still seem high. What is your room temp? Also, you will want to let Prime95 (make sure it is version 27.9) run for 30 minutes and see what the temps are.

I have heard of guys retuning chips, or getting an RMA from Intel with chips that run usually hot. Don’t know if that is something you want to try or not.

Last thing I would try is put the stock Intel cooler on, and see what temps you get. If 120m is not giving you measurably better temps that would tell something is wrong with it.
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Ill test some of that out tomorrow and post some results! Thanks for the insight
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