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Hello gents, don't want to take up too much of your time with this so I will make it a short post..

My stock cooling solution provided by Cyberpower PC went out. PC started making increasingly more and more noise and during a BL2 gaming session my CPU usage spiked to 100% and had all sorts of weird issues. There were no programs using over 10% of the CPU time in spite of % being 99% and the temp's were spiking. I rebooted the computer and on start up the cooling system was making the most wretched god awful noise I've ever heard (much noisier than even how it was generally being).

So I tore apart the PC to make certain it was the cooler. I unscrewed its mount over the CPU and removed the rest, and did some tests. The noise was gone.

Satisfied, and for some reason thinking it was ok, I put the computer back without the cooler and started it back up. It would get anywhere from 5-15 seconds before simply shutting itself down. I tried 3 times before I clued in that, probably, it was due to me taking out the cooling system.

I got a Corsair Hydro H50 and things are going smoothly now.. But:

1. Did I damage my CPU by attempting to boot it up without the cooler 3 times? Did it fail due to incredible over heating or because the system somehow or another (this I find unlikely) detected there was no cooling solution?

2. What is the safest operating temperature for the i950 CPU? Intel reps say its like 69-70C but elsewhere I see people claiming that anywhere from 70-80's is "just fine".

If there is any CPU damage, how would I be able to tell?

Thanks alot, I just want to make sure I've everything covered.
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Did you damage your CPU by attemping to boot it up with no cooling? I'll have to say its a possibility but it might not be the case. I would suggest you make sure that the H50 is installed correctly.

run some CPU benchmarks to make sure the CPU is performing as it should.

I would also run stress testing applications like Prime95 for some time to make sure there is no BSOD or any issues when the CPU is running at a worse case scenario.

What is safe temp? anything lower than 95-105c. Idle temps at stock temps should be somewhere around 20~35c. just make sure when gaming that CPU temps dont rise as high as 95-105 or else the CPU might get damaged for running that hot as well as fail safe itself (self shutdown) to prevent damage to the CPU. That is probably what you experienced when you tried to run your CPU with no cooling. the CPU would of got really hot that it turned itself down to prevent damage.

hope this gives you an idea. good luck
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Originally Posted by Boyd View Post

Did you damage your CPU by attemping to boot it up with no cooling? I'll have to say its a possibility but it might not be the case. I would suggest you make sure that the H50 is installed correctly.

run some CPU benchmarks to make sure the CPU is performing as it should.

I would also run stress testing applications like Prime95 for some time to make sure there is no BSOD or any issues when the CPU is running at a worse case scenario.

What is safe temp? anything lower than 95-105c. Idle temps at stock temps should be somewhere around 20~35c. just make sure when gaming that CPU temps dont rise as high as 95-105 or else the CPU might get damaged for running that hot as well as fail safe itself (self shutdown) to prevent damage to the CPU. That is probably what you experienced when you tried to run your CPU with no cooling. the CPU would of got really hot that it turned itself down to prevent damage.

hope this gives you an idea. good luck

Well, I've been running Prime95 for the past 15 or so minutes. Temps are staying pretty low overall, well below 65 C and no issues whatsoever.

So in conclusion, is it safe to say that no damage to the CPU happened? I imagine the automatic shut off is to prevent any damage from occurring in the first place..
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