So moving forward. Still waiting for the 6700K parts, I have done some more work with air flows on the 4170 as well as gently swiveling from side to side to if you like allow the HS to better settle. The thought is that after the 5 or 6 hours of use including a couple of temperature cycles that it might better mate the surfaces.
As well as that some more effort to better direct airflow within the case and keep in mind the only fan in the entire system is that in the Power Supply Unit..
So temps @ 100% Load for 36 mins are now down @ 64 degrees max. Currently 61 degrees on one core and 59 degrees on the second. 4 threads running though.
I reckon that is a pretty good result for a few minutes with a File and some care with ducting the air flow. This is a dual core Intel Processor with a Heat Sink with no fan on it also doing the graphics at 100% load.
So here is my take on the improvement from the prework temps. And keep in mind they were still in the same case with no active cooling. So 75 degrees to 64 degrees. And my view is subjective because I cant prove what each step made as a difference.
1. 50%. Improving the airflow through the cooler. Just ducting it better and drawing from the front of the case thereby reducing the re circulation.
2. 25% Filing the base of the cooler so it was really flat.
3. 10% moving from Zalman to AS5
4. 15% moving the cooler around without demounting it to mate the surfaces better after a period of time.
And by the way, now up to 44 minutes and still max temp of 64 degrees. Currently 61 and 58 degrees. So whatever the reason given that I have not changed a single component and dont have a cooling fan in the system its still a stellar result. Today under normal load, still with no cooling fan, it didnt exceed 44 degrees.
So my next experiment because I need a low powered cooling solution to set up the new motherboard is going to be to take to a standard Intel i3 cooler and see if I can make it cool the 6700K well enough to set it up. BUT not overclock it. I just need to make sure that the OS and every bit of software will work before I install it as the main machine. Interestingly I have stuck a straight edge on the I3 cooler already and its not bad. Not flat but much better even though it only looks cast than the Deep Cool Ice Wind Pro.