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Xeon E3 1230 V2 Runs Hot

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I have a Xeon E3 1230 V2 on a gigabyte h77-n wifi ITX motherboard in a fractal Node 304 case. My cpu cooler is an Arctic Cooling Alpine 11 Plus.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186070

My Idle Temperatures are 45 - 50 C, and when gaming I go into the high 70s. A few minutes of prime 95 and im at nearly 80 C. That seems very high to me, especially since this is a server processor without an IGP. Also on the intel website it says the highest this should reach to operate safely is 69 C .... I tried reapplying some Noctua NT-H1 thermal paste and the temps stayed exactly the same. I haven't tried the stock cooler, but I assumed this one would be slightly better. Didn't want to spend a lot of money on a cpu cooler since im not overclocking, and also my motherboard's CPU Socket is very close to my memory and PCIe slot, so the only other thing that would really fit is an AIO water cooler.

So what do you think, do these temps seem high? Should I be worried and get a corsair h50 or something to cool it down?
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It could be you applied too much thermal paste giving higher then normall results,

but after looking at a image of your CPU Cooler, i can see it probably wont perform better then a Stock Cooler, perhaps even worse.

There are lots of other budget cpu coolers that will perform way better then that cooler. Offcourse liquid cooled solutions like the Corsair H series is also a good option. It depends on how much you want to spend on it.

But i think a decent air cooler will do the job, saving you some cash from a corsair h50.
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The first time I had the cooler I used the stock thermal paste which came with the cooler, which I believe was MX-5. I reseated it with Noctua NT-H1, and I put a small pea sized amount, just like they recommend. I just switched to the Stock Cooler just now, I idle at 50 C and at load with Prime 95 I reach 90 C in 5 minutes. The stock cooler is about 3-4mm away from the backplate of my GPU, and right next to the RAM, so I dont think I can get any air coolers that would fit. Im thinking I should just buy a corsair all in one unit.
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