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Kraken X61 worse cooling than H110

post #1 of 8
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Hey guys,

I just swapped my Corsair H110 for a Kraken X61.
Running prime95 I would get 63 degrees max after 10 minutes prime95 on a H110.
Now I just swapped my H110 for a Kraken X61, using Arctic Silver MX4 as well.
I applied a vertical line like Arctic explains me to do (maybe a bit more than needed, could this be the issue? Not much more, but a vertical line and a small extra blob that fell when I pulled the Mx4 away)
Even though the cooler is much more silent, the cooling is worse than on the H110. After 10 minutes I'm getting Max 70... 7 degrees worse than the H110. How is this possible?
Pretty bummed right now.
post #2 of 8
The Kraken X61 has a variable pump speed, so it would be a little slower until your CPU reached higher temps (through overclocks). Usually when you get high temperatures you try to re-seat the cooler, so get some rubbing alcohol or isopropyl and clean both the X61 and your CPU.

Put only a little bit of thermal paste, less is more when it comes to this stuff. Right in the middle and less than a grain of rice in length. I tend to flatten the cooler on the paste and move it ever so slightly to get the coverage (not too much). After you've carefully (in a diagonal pattern) secured the cooler on the CPU, hopefully you should get better temperatures.

Sorry if this was a drag, but hope it helps smile.gif
post #3 of 8
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Originally Posted by REAPER XD View Post

The Kraken X61 has a variable pump speed, so it would be a little slower until your CPU reached higher temps (through overclocks). Usually when you get high temperatures you try to re-seat the cooler, so get some rubbing alcohol or isopropyl and clean both the X61 and your CPU.

Put only a little bit of thermal paste, less is more when it comes to this stuff. Right in the middle and less than a grain of rice in length. I tend to flatten the cooler on the paste and move it ever so slightly to get the coverage (not too much). After you've carefully (in a diagonal pattern) secured the cooler on the CPU, hopefully you should get better temperatures.

Sorry if this was a drag, but hope it helps smile.gif

Not a drag at all my friend, thanks for your reply.
After reseating the cooler and applying thermal paste in the pea method, I fired up my PC and got great temps of 61 max, 58 average in Prime 95.
However, I'm doing the same test today and temperatures have risen up to 68 degrees again. Pretty confusing and annoying.
post #4 of 8
Did you ever consider it could be due to your ambient temps?
Like one day is colder vs other day is warmer?
You're going to drive yourself crazy if you keep testing for temps everday, as it will vary as ambient temps vary.
Also, make sure your pump is running at full speed. Gointo your UEFI bios and set the cpu fan header to 100% or max if you want the lowest temps possible.
post #5 of 8
My Kraken x61 works perfectly fine. See below, pc on idle mode

Silent.PNG 153k .PNG file

specs.PNG 271k .PNG file

performance.PNG 153k .PNG file
post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by Laurens View Post

My Kraken x61 works perfectly fine. See below, pc on idle mode

Silent.PNG 153k .PNG file

specs.PNG 271k .PNG file

performance.PNG 153k .PNG file

What are your temps under full load? In Prime95?
Weird how yours is so much cooler
post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by OostBlokBoys View Post

Not a drag at all my friend, thanks for your reply.
After reseating the cooler and applying thermal paste in the pea method, I fired up my PC and got great temps of 61 max, 58 average in Prime 95.
However, I'm doing the same test today and temperatures have risen up to 68 degrees again. Pretty confusing and annoying.

Are you sure your rooms temperature hasn't gone up since then? Like season change or something. Ambient temperatures can effect cooling A LOT.
post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 
Same temperature for a month in The Netherlands, steady 18 degrees Celsius. Tested the H110 only a week or two ago, ambient temps were the same as now.
It's weird because the Kraken X61 is known to keep the 4790K under 55 degrees, but the cooling is worse than the H110.
I had more issues fitting the H110 properly, seated the X61 without problems. The first time I applied the cooling paste in a bad way.
Second time using the pea method showed better temps, but still higher than the H110. More at 64-65 now instead of 68-69.
I had this annoying rattle when using silent mode. Enabled CPU Fan to 100% in Bios, rattle is now gone.
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