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Air cooling 100 watt TDP processor on 95 watt TDP heatsink

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Hello,

I already have this CPU cooler thats rated for up to 95 watt TDP http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=35-200-063&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=4#scrollFullInfo and I recently bought a used Intel Xeon X3230 processor that says 95 watt TDP on the intel website herehttp://ark.intel.com/products/30797/Intel-Xeon-Processor-X3230-8M-Cache-2_66-GHz-1066-MHz-FSB but apparently my version is 100TDP for some reason.... HERES THE PROCESSOR I BOUGHT http://www.ebay.com/itm/Intel-Xeon-X3230-2-667GHz-2-x-4-MB-1066-MHz-Socket-775-Processor-SLACS-/141160260979?pt=CPUs&hash=item20ddcea573 On the bottom of the description it says 100 TDP but I did not notice this when i bought it ... will i still be able to use this processor with this heatsink? I have a tube of this thermal paste http://www.arcticsilver.com/ceramique.htm I also have a fan on my case thats pulling air into the cpu fan.

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post #2 of 8
Yes, it's not like the cooler will explode or the CPU will melt if you go 5W over what it's rated for biggrin.gif

The "watt" ratings on coolers are conservative anyway. A cooler "rated" for 95W means the cooler can dissipate 95W of power while keeping some arbitrary, relatively low temperature delta between the CPU IHS surface and the ambient air. At the same fanspeed, 100W may be a few degrees warmer at most. I would'nt throw a 220W FX-9590 under there, but your Xeon will be fine.
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post #3 of 8
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ok thanks .. i accidently posted this question twice because i diddnt think the first one went thru
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It shouldn't be an issue as long as you don't overclock. That looks awfully similar to Intel's LGA1366 CPU cooler (130W TDP). I'd ditch that cooler as soon as possible for a $20-30 heatsink that can actually cool well quietly.

If it can't cool properly it will just throttle your CPU.
Edited by AlphaC - 1/10/14 at 6:31pm
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If the temps look good I might try to overclock to like 3ghz lol
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what temperature should I try to keep it below? the intel website says TCASE 60.4°C ... as long as I dont go over this on prime95 for like 2 or 3 hours its stable right?
post #7 of 8
Shoot for 50-60C, I think anything below 70C should be fine. And ya, pretty much, as long as Prime doesn't spit any errors out.
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post #8 of 8
What /\ /\ /\ /\ said. 60-70c is safe. Tcase is 10-15c lower than core temp. wink.gif
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