Originally Posted by Dezixn
Hahaha in any other occasion a 2C drop would be amazing. But i guess it just a drop of water in a pond when you reach 70C
I'm thinking it isn't your zalman's or your CPU's fault.
Does it actually feel hot?
Anywhere on the heatsink is it warm? The base? Around the CPU socket?
IF there was a heat transfer problem your heatsink wouldn't be too warm. But i don't think that is the case.
Maybe it is something with your motherboard like you suggested earlier. I haven't even seen anyone at OCN with a Badaxe mobo so we probably wouldn't know.
Also say you were to take off 10 degrees, that would be a pretty realistic temp. 60c+ in TAT is normal. 58C Load in Orthos at that vcore is about right, i get to 57C in orthos at 1.525 vcore @ 3550MHz. So yours are pretty close to mine, just my TT120 and lapped E6600 got you beat.
lol. I started looking for answers when people mentioned getting 3.2ghz on stock cooler at 50 55c when mine was hotter at stock.
The zalman does not feel hot. It was running orth for 7 hours or so while I slept and it finally felt slightly warm at the base. (the fins never feel hot, its hard to tell anyways because its a strange sensation)
I realize it looks like heat transfer isnt occuring, but I think it IS and that its simply not that hot.
So no.. the air around it is not hot. Only at the bottom where the air blows up against the GFX card and i can feel its hot air. The rest of the cold air gets sucked out the rear fan and the PSU.
I didnt realize my board was so unused =P
You think I could turn off my CPU fan and see how warm the heatsink gets? (on idle ofcourse)
Finally one last question: is the chips throttling mechanical or is it based on interpreting temperature data?
Thanks for replies everyone.
ps, edit: I forgot.. about the fan speed.. yeah I was under the impression it could reach 2k 2.5k or something so I did turn it off, I did goto speedfan>advanced>full and manual 100% but it doesnt get past 1.7k. What gives?
CPU fan control: disabled