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Alright...I have a pretty decent setup here from the reviews I read before I bought it. Now here's my problems. I cannot seem to hit anything past 2.5GHz with this machine. I was able to hit 2.6GHz for about a day, but after that it quit being stable. And I ran Orthos on it for about 8 hours. But once I restarted, it wouldn't even run Orthos for 2 minutes. My temperatures seem to be quite a bit hotter than they should be. I'm running a Zalman 9500...and I'm running at 45* C stock at idle. That's also with the CPU undervolted (1.275v instead of 1.35). Any ideas on what I can do to make this thing better? My case airflow should be fine. Fronts are intakes, side is intake, and all rears are exhaust. The Zalman is blowing right at my rear 120mm. Also, I'm just using the Zalman thermal grease that came with it. I had the wrong kind of AS5.
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You can try re-seating the HSF for a temp decrease. As for the OC, your value ram might be holding you back.
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You can try re-seating the HSF for a temp decrease. As for the OC, your value ram might be holding you back.
That's what I was thinking as well...but I've reseating the HSF several times. The ValueRam would be holding me back to some degree....but I can clock it down quite a bit as well. So far my BEST stable OC has been 333fsb x 7.5 to get 2.5. However I just recently discovered that its actually faster to do 250fsb x 10. So that's where I'm at right now. Also...my Core0 and Core1 temps are off by ALOT. Core0 states 55*C under load. Core1 states 75*C under load. Bad sensor? I can't REALLY be this hot at stock speeds and undervolted. Especially with a Zalman 9500. I mean the air exhausting from the rear is very cool to the touch, and that's from any of my rear fans.
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Anybody know of a good "noob" way that I can get my CPU cooler? I'm already running the Zalman 9500, and just reapplying the thermal grease dropped it by 10 degrees. It was running 55-60 idle, now at least its down to 45. There has got to be something wrong here somewhere, lol. Anybody?
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Check the BIOS temp, it should reflect 80% of the full load... just for referance!
BTW, that Zalman likes lots of case air flow to work its best.
    
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Check the BIOS temp, it should reflect 80% of the full load... just for referance!
BTW, that Zalman likes lots of case air flow to work its best.
Yeah, the BIOS says 50*C idling, and it climbs...that's when I first turn it on. Don't get me wrong, I know how to apply thermal grease and all that, lol. I've built MANY machines, and overclocked them. This one seems to be a problem with heat though. Just can't figure out how to lower the heat.

Now with that being said, I've heard of lapping the processor and HSF. Would that help in my case? If so....is it a difficult thing to do? I've only read about it since I've been a member here, but I have no idea what it involves doing.
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Anybody? You guys gotta know some trick to lower my cooling.
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show screeshot with everest and ASUS probe...
There is no way you should be that high with that cooler.
Do you have the latest BIOS...
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show screeshot with everest and ASUS probe...
There is no way you should be that high with that cooler.
Do you have the latest BIOS...
Yeah, I didn't think I should be running that hot either! This is an undoctored screenshot of CoreTemp. I'm running Vista, so I am having issues getting the other temp programs to work right. I tried ASUS Probe.....nothing (no drivers, go figure). And I already know that Speedfan doesn't give me accurate temps at all. This screenshot is of an IDLE temp. I have ArcticSilver5 and the Zalman 9500.

I'd also like for you to notice...my volts are actually undervolted. It runs 1.35v stock. I'm running 1.325v right now.

Now I have gotten it up to 2.7GHz...but it required 1.5v which was WAY too much with my current cooling, lol. If I can reduce these temps though, I can prolly hit 2.7-2.8 with this baby. Please help. I'll give someone reps (I think that's right) if they can show me how to do it, and help me fix this, lol. I know......overclock.net noob, lol. Thanks for any help guys!

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Oh, and yes I do have the latest BIOS. That actually made it more stable at higher speeds...but didn't do crap for temps. I was able to hit 2.7 because of the new BIOS. I wanna see what this baby's got, but with these temps......I don't know how that's gonna work, lol. Will "lapping" my CPU and HSF help out at least a little, lol. I think I got the term right.
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