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Hi, below is my setup:

cpu: c2d e6320
case : Antec PerformanceOne 180
mb: DFI Infinity P965S
memory: Patriot eXtreme Performance 2x1GB
gpu : SAPPHIRE 100176L Radeon X1950PRO 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16

My BIOS shows an idle temperature range of 40-45, speedfan in Windows XP shows a similar idle temperature (38-42). Based on what I've read so far, these seem fine. I'm using the stock HSF that came with the cpu.

However, as soon as I start Orthos (blended CPU+MEM) test, speedfan shows both cores maxed out (expected) and my temperature reading quickly soars to the mid 60s, where it remains during the whole test, occasionally touching 68/69. Is this considered normal for running stress tests on the CPU? I'm not doing any overclocking (yet) and my CPU fan is set to auto (full power threshold set at 50C). I also tried setting the CPU fan to manual 100% power and it doesn't make a difference.

If this is not normal, then is my HSF the likely culprit? But then why is my idling temperature fine?

I do plan to overclock once I get things running smoothly. I guess this bodes badly for my chances? If I should switch to a better HSF, any recommendations? Any other ideas on what I can do to lower the CPU temp. during high load?

thanks a bunch...
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idle at 40-45 is not normal
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Firstly, welcome to Overclock dot net!
Secondly, please input your computer specs Here. Some motherboard fan option can be disabled in BIOS to run at 100% for lower temps.

I recommend to not run to run anymore stress test. One of the things we recommend is to not exceed 60C load, and you have gone beyond that.

Your HSF, there are 4 pins. Make sure all of the pins is facing outward. If all of the pins is facing outward, it'll form a circle. Facing inward is unlock.
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The difference in temperatures between the states of idle and load is referred to as the "Delta."

That is a rather high Delta.

If your case is the same as the regular P180:
  • Have you fully utilised the spaces for fans (2 up front as intake)?
  • Moved HDD's to the lower chamber and removed the middle HDD cage?


The ambient temperature will also play a large part. The Delta in relation to an increasing ambient temperature is not linear. If you are in a fairly hot region, then your cooling will suffer, especially the load.

Optimizing airflow and increasing the surface area of the HS (aftermarket model) will help lower temps.

There is also Lapping.

But yeah...seems high to me.
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Thanks for the replies so far. My ambient is about 26C. I can't add any more case fans cause I've got 6 HDDs in 2 RAID-5 configurations - this is probably contributing to less than ideal air flow in the case. I do have my existing 3 case fans operating at full power.

It sounds like the next thing I should try is a better HSF. Any recommendations?
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Any one of the 120mm fan coolers will suffice.

some are better than other. But essentially the Scythe, Thermalright and Noctua coolers will get you rockin' and clockin'
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idle at 40-45 is not normal
wow that helped him so much
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Thanks for the replies so far. My ambient is about 26C. I can't add any more case fans cause I've got 6 HDDs in 2 RAID-5 configurations - this is probably contributing to less than ideal air flow in the case. I do have my existing 3 case fans operating at full power.

It sounds like the next thing I should try is a better HSF. Any recommendations?
Tuniq tower, Big Typhoon, theres alot of good tower coolers out that should do the trick, i have a tuniq tower and love it, just make sure it will fit in your case.

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wow that helped him so much
lol and that did?
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