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i5 2500k High idle temps, something to worry about or leave it be?

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Hey guys,

I'm running my i5 2500k constatnly at 4.5ghz to prevent throttling issues in games, and I just noticed that my idle temps are a bit high. It's strange because, although my idle temps are high, my load temps are pretty good. I haven't broke 70C ever.

Idle temps:
HWMonitor
Realtemp


Load temps after hours of gaming (you can ignore the current temp as I took these pictures right after alt-tabbing from the game, though look at maximum):
HWMonitor
RealTemp

I don't think it has to do with ambient temps, airflow, dust or anything like that because all the other component's temps are pretty normal. Even my CPU's load temps are quite good. What I'm worried about is why are my idle temps so high.

True, I have it at 4.5ghz all the time, but I assumed 4.5 at idle normally runs only a little hotter than 3.3. Is it as simple as that, are these temps to be expected idling at 4.5ghz? If that is the culprit, then I must ask which is more important. Running constantly at 4.5 for the best performance (to prevent throttling up and down in games), or having lower idle temps? If these idle temps are hot, but harmless for constant use, then I'll keep everything the way it is.

Thanks so much!
Edited by apav - 9/9/13 at 8:15pm
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Who told you those temps were high? You're running 4.5 GHz OC - looks entirely normal to me. If you can enable the power saving modes, you can get those temps down - but running 4.5 GHz 24/7 is going to keep your temps hotter than if you were running the stock low power clocks at idle.

Greg
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Originally Posted by hammong View Post

Who told you those temps were high? You're running 4.5 GHz OC - looks entirely normal to me. If you can enable the power saving modes, you can get those temps down - but running 4.5 GHz 24/7 is going to keep your temps hotter than if you were running the stock low power clocks at idle.

Greg

After doing a bit of research, I have seen that idle temps should be somewhere in the high 30's or low 40's. I'm not running any power saving modes simply becuase I don't want it interferring with any games. I like to alt-tab so I feel like I'd make my clock speeds fluctuate too much too quickly.
Edited by apav - 9/9/13 at 8:21pm
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I'm not running any power saving modes simply becuase I don't want it interferring with games.

No worries, just need to live with the higher temps and higher electricity bill that goes with it. Recommendations for high 30's low 40's need to take ambient temperature, case cooling, and heat sink/fan into consideration before coming to any conclusions about where you stand with yours.

That clock speed can switch up and down hundreds of times per second - you only see it fluctuating every second or two because of the slow monitoring interval in the tools you use to view it.

I think you'd be surprised if you benched your favorite game with and without the power saving enabled.

Greg
Edited by hammong - 9/9/13 at 8:25pm
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