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Backstory: I had the CM Seidon 120V plus unit and it made a slight clicking sound, so I asked for it to be replaced. Got new unit, still made the sound after 10mins of installing (was relatively quite outside case).

I usually encode videos, and my previous encode temperatures would hover around 70C. Prime would go 80C straight, but never go beyond 86C.

The new unit however, jumps to 100C both during encoding and during prime95. Gaming seems fine (51-50C), but I suspect it could be just the block cooling passively?

I understand prime95 is the furmark for skylake CPUs, but encoding should be a relatively normal high load situation.

Is it because the paste hasnt settled in?

Is my cooler not circulating coolant?

How do I know if its working or not?
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post #2 of 8
Maybe also the said AIO cooler is not that competent (similar to liqtech) :
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1462-page6.html
 
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post #3 of 8
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Originally Posted by Flamingo View Post

Backstory: I had the CM Seidon 120V plus unit and it made a slight clicking sound, so I asked for it to be replaced. Got new unit, still made the sound after 10mins of installing (was relatively quite outside case).

I usually encode videos, and my previous encode temperatures would hover around 70C. Prime would go 80C straight, but never go beyond 86C.

The new unit however, jumps to 100C both during encoding and during prime95. Gaming seems fine (51-50C), but I suspect it could be just the block cooling passively?

I understand prime95 is the furmark for skylake CPUs, but encoding should be a relatively normal high load situation.

Is it because the paste hasnt settled in?

Is my cooler not circulating coolant?

How do I know if its working or not?

Were the pump not working your idle and gaming temps would be higher, and just continuously rise.

It is most likely a bad seating of the block going by your description. Pull it, clean it, replace the TIM with something good (no need to go nuts, just some NT-H1, MX-4, GC Extreme, etc), and make sure it seats correctly. I have actually run into a problem with this pump a couple of times where one of the screws does not hold in the standoff and pops out. Check for that, and make sure they are tight (but don't overtighten). If that is the issue, usually swapping standoff locations solves it.
post #4 of 8
I suspect it isn't properly seated.

You should try reseating your cpu cooler.
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
Oh wow, now it runs perfectly, with x264 barely touching 55C and prime95 max is 65C biggrin.gif

I had to reseat 6 times before I gave up, looks like the final attempt worked out in the end phew.

Thanks alot guys for your input and help biggrin.gif
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post #6 of 8
Good, does it do any pump noise noticeable at idle ?
 
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Good value headphones (with equalization)
Samson SR850 Semi-Open Studio Reference Headphones
My Rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 4690k @4.4Ghz Msi Z97 Gaming 5  Asus GTX 780 ti DirectCU II HyperX Savage RAM 8 Go 2400 MHZ DDR3 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
WD Green Desktop Mainstream 2 To Thermalright HR-02 Macho Rev. B Window 7 64bits Samsung SyncMaster P2470HD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Corsair Raptor K30 Be Quiet! Straight Power 10 700W  Phanteks Enthoo Pro Window Perixx MX-1000 Iron 
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post #7 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by Flamingo View Post

Oh wow, now it runs perfectly, with x264 barely touching 55C and prime95 max is 65C biggrin.gif

I had to reseat 6 times before I gave up, looks like the final attempt worked out in the end phew.

Thanks alot guys for your input and help biggrin.gif

No problem smile.gif

Glad you got it sorted out!
post #8 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by Flamingo View Post

Oh wow, now it runs perfectly, with x264 barely touching 55C and prime95 max is 65C biggrin.gif

I had to reseat 6 times before I gave up, looks like the final attempt worked out in the end phew.

Thanks alot guys for your input and help biggrin.gif

Good to hear!
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