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post #1 of 47
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I just got my bris 3600+ and HAVE NOT OC'ed yet.

With my zalman 9500, my temp is 51C IDLE.

I'm pretty sure I put my as5 on right (i just put a dab in the center), and my fan controller is up at high.

What could be the problem?
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post #2 of 47
i've heard people say the bases on those Zalmans aren't perfectly flat, and they need to be lapped to get the best out of them. also, i have experience with Apevia cases and have never been happy with their cooling. it seems like they have lots of fans that move very little air.
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post #3 of 47
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well, i should also add that my mobo bios warns me that my fan speed is low when i boot...
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post #4 of 47
Something is obviously not right, I have that heatsink and it dropped my temp to 22c before OC. Now I have my E6600 running at 3.6 thinks to this heatsink and a 900 case with temps of 38c/46c. I think that you should pull it clean it with alcohol and a tooth brush and set it again.
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post #5 of 47
don't use a toothbrush. use a lint-free towel or coffee filter. do me a favor and touch the heatspreaders on your memory while the system is running and tell me if it's hot? i've had hot air from memory sticks enter directly into my CPU heatsink, causing it to run warm. turning your Zalman 90 degrees clockwise (pointing up) might help if that is the cause. but re-seating the HSF couldn't hurt.
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post #6 of 47
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well..this heatsink is a complete b*tch to get off... but ill get it off eventually

btw, my heatspreaders arent really that warm..
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post #7 of 47
I'd check VCore, actually.

With everything at bone stock settings, it's possible that the motherboard is overvolting the CPU. For some reason, Asus sets their BIOSes to overvolt even at default stock setting. I know that this was the case with my A8N32-SLI, an older cousin of your motherboard from S939.

Another thing I'd check is case airflow, as Mr.Bungle has already alluded to. It's possible that your case isn't getting enough air on intake. Zalman CNPS-series HSFs are especially sensitive to airflow + air volume in the case. If your case interior is starved of air, then the situation has to be corrected, obviously.

Hope these ideas help!
    
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post #8 of 47
1. As stated, check the HS for true flatness.
2. As stated, case airflow is paramount to the Zalman for quality performance.
2. MBs with the Brisbane have been having issues reporting the temps accurately!
    
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post #9 of 47
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Originally Posted by txtmstrjoe View Post
I'd check VCore, actually.

With everything at bone stock settings, it's possible that the motherboard is overvolting the CPU.
What vcore should my cpu be at?

also - my case has one 80mm exaust, and 1 80mm intake...

how do you add fans to your case?
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post #10 of 47
And remember ... this is always an option too:

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...

Gauranteed to lower your temps.

-- s1rrah: converting one 9500 at a time...

    
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