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CPU Cooler Not Powered for 5 Minutes - was just on waterblock - possible damage?

post #1 of 10
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Hi

I am really worried with my new build after a terrible mistake today.

I have a new 6950X and I was rearranging my case so took out the power supply etc.

I started the machine again only to find after about 5 mins the modular cable to the sata power wasn't inserted correctly. This means my 6950X was running just off the block of the EKWB Predator 360 with no Pump or Fans running at all. As it was failing to post I was checking the code instead of looking what the real issue was!

I shut it down instantly when I saw the pump wasnt running, and checked the block on the CPU and the tube connectors were noticeably very hot but not too hot to touch.

My concern is that this period of time did some damage to the CPU that would be irreversible - ie. my future overclocks etc will be impacted.

When I first started it back up with the pump running the temp straight away read 34C thankfully but I tried a quick 30% overclock, this failed! Subsequent attempts did work but now I am worried, although anything could have caused this really

Can anyone either confirm that this would cause me an issue or assure me that the small period of heat would be ok. The CPU was not overclocked at this time, but I am really worried as I put so much money into this build

Thanks
post #2 of 10
You're overreacting.
post #3 of 10
I've made this mistake quite a few times with a pump or fan off, and have had CPUs shut down due to hitting the thermal shutoff threshold, but with no permanent damage or issues overclocking them in the future. Even if it shuts off due to high temps, it won't be long enough to cause permanent damage.
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thank god for those replies!

I've been panicking since, as I've never run a CPU with the power off on the cooler

Great to know it would have shut off as well, thanks for calming me down!
post #5 of 10
I guess you didn't get the fax memo about Athlon XP burning up... oh wait.. it's 2016....

You will be fine wink.gif
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hahaha still thought best to check, thanks biggrin.gif
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by SlammiN View Post

Hi

I am really worried with my new build after a terrible mistake today.

I have a new 6950X and I was rearranging my case so took out the power supply etc.

I started the machine again only to find after about 5 mins the modular cable to the sata power wasn't inserted correctly. This means my 6950X was running just off the block of the EKWB Predator 360 with no Pump or Fans running at all. As it was failing to post I was checking the code instead of looking what the real issue was!

I shut it down instantly when I saw the pump wasnt running, and checked the block on the CPU and the tube connectors were noticeably very hot but not too hot to touch.

My concern is that this period of time did some damage to the CPU that would be irreversible - ie. my future overclocks etc will be impacted.

When I first started it back up with the pump running the temp straight away read 34C thankfully but I tried a quick 30% overclock, this failed! Subsequent attempts did work but now I am worried, although anything could have caused this really

Can anyone either confirm that this would cause me an issue or assure me that the small period of heat would be ok. The CPU was not overclocked at this time, but I am really worried as I put so much money into this build

Thanks
doubt it. 6950x was never gonna have a crazy overclock. five miniutes would barly be enough for the heat to get into the block, let alone the fluid behind it smile.gif
post #8 of 10
oh yeah and didn't mention that the board auto shutoffs before damage occurs. (unless you turned that off biggrin.gif)
post #9 of 10
After having Problems with my watercooled gpu's interrupting POST, i did the Post several times before i even filled the loop up again. You can even boot into windows without any problems. ( after 3 post tests i booted into windows and realtemp showed about 60°c on the hottest core)

So you really don't have to worry.
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Thanks for all the reassurance people!
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