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E6420 Core Temperature Question

post #1 of 16
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I just built a new box with a E6420 with a stock fan/heatsink riding on a Gigabyte 965P-DS3 and I wanna make sure everythings peachy before I really start using it.

What I've noticed is that the core temperatures I get from programs like TAT, CoreTemp, Everest, etc. dont really change. Whether it's idle or with load. Whether I leave the automated throttling on or disable it. Whether I leave the fans on auto or switch them to blow full power.

My motherboad has two thermometers of its own, one to test the case and one to test the cpu, and they fluctuate. My GPU temp fluctuates.

Is this normal? Do your core temperatures change when you do these things?
post #2 of 16
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Anyone?
post #3 of 16
well what is it saying your temps are???
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Heh...

That's the tricky thing. It's saying the core temps are 72/72C. Which is what got me concerned in the first place. The problem is, whenever I post that people just keep telling me my HSF isnt mounted right (but it is). I really just want to know what everyone else core temps do when you run a TAT or Orthos or Prime95 or whatever, stress test.
post #5 of 16
well mine are around 30 idle and like 45 at load
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post #6 of 16
That's not normal at all, and it's obviously not the actual temperature otherwise it would be fluctuating like the real probes are reporting. Did you try updating the bios? I know support for that CPU only came in a recent revision.
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post #7 of 16
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Well the board came at F11, which was the first bios to have support for the C2Ds that end in 20. The next thing I'll do is update to F12 (the latest update), but I really want to be sure I'm not running that hot before I even turn the thing back on again.
post #8 of 16
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Well, I updated to F12, and that didn't help. I just contacted Intel Tech Support, we'll see if they have anything useful to say.

Any other suggestions anyone?
post #9 of 16
Well then, you may have had the same thing happen that happened to my friend. He used the stock cooler but didn't install it right, and one pin wasn't pushed through all the way, so it was making terrible contact on only one corner. His CPU was running at around 90-100c for a few months, and, it seems without any damage. I fixed it for him by just pushing in that last pin.
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post #10 of 16
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I'm reasonably sure that everythings clicked in all the way. I've messed around with it a few times now. One question I've been meaning to ask is, does it matter which direction the HSF is installed. Right now I have it with the text on the Intel sticker parrallel to the Gigabyte on my Northbridge HS (text from down to up when tower is standing up). I've also tried with it parrallel to the ground... didnt make any difference. Anyway this could make a difference?
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