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Thermal Margin Update: X4 860K + CM Hyper 212 Evo (Mini ITX Board)

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Hi all,

Not much of a question, but when I was looking for a definitive answer I couldn't find one, so thought I'd post my findings here incase anybody else happens to be looking for the same thing.

Spec:
CPU: Athlon x4 860k
CPU Cooler: Stock (vs Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO)
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-F2A88XN-WIFI
Case: Thermaltake Core V21
GPU: HIS Radeon R9 280 IceQ X2 OC 3GB
RAM: 2x8GB RipjawsX
PSU: Corsair CX750M (I know, I know. It's getting replaced).

Anyway, I looked into adding the 212 EVO, which I confirmed on this site it would fit my case.

As an aside, it also fits the board.....just! Leaves very little room for the GPU, although it's tight, it does fit/work as expected.

Here to report numbers* on the stock cooler (w/stock thermal paste) vs the 212 (w/Arctic Silver 5).

*Remember, AMD here. Thermal Margin, not temps. Higher Thermal Margin the better.

30 mins on Prime95 Blend at stock, reported idle of 65.88'C, with a consistent 5'C at full load.


30 mins of Prime95 Blend with the 212 +AR5 and the idle numbers are pretty static at 68.62'C, but the difference was at full load. 39.25'C


An improvement of 34.25'C .......and, if I understand correctly the AR5 will improve over time up to 200 hours of Thermal cycles.

As I mentioned, not really a discussion/question (although questions/comments welcome). I just wanted to provide this update incase anybody has the same/similar setup and was curious about the results.
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I just had a thought, I had only performed over 30mins to check as an idea of temps.

Would it be worth checking for a longer period? Am I likely to see drastic differences over time?
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