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post #1 of 15
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Hi,

I thought I'd check in to see what people think are good temps for the Q6600. My setup is in my sig so bare that in mind.

Idle: ~43
Load: Never gets past 67 on Prime95

Is that a good set of temps? I've heard that at 70 on prime95 the alarm bells should start ringing.
    
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That looks okay for a Quad on 3.4Ghz. I'm getting 54C load at 3.0Ghz on dual core.

Quads are obviously always higher temps than dual cores.

You could maybe optimize your thermal compound application and maybe optimize the VCORE voltage on your CPU to lower the temps a bit.
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Thanks. I think I did a good job with the arctic silver but will look into voltage!
    
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You might want to think about getting a Tuniq Tower for your rig.

67 is a bit warm. IMO, your cooler is really only going to be able to disipate bout 3.2Ghz worth of heat. While it can do 3.4 like you are doing, it is at it's limit. I would say lap the cooler but you will spend more on lapping supplies that you did on your cooler.

Best option is to get a TRUE and lap (you have to lap a TRUE) both your CPU and HSF. Next best option is to get a Tuniq Tower. The Tuniq should get about 64C during load @ 3.4 which is a little better.
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post #5 of 15
Cool. Well, voltage is pretty much the main factor when it comes to temperatures.

Remember that lowering the voltage could affect your stable overclock. The best thing is to do one step/increment at a time. It can take a while, but finding the sweet spot could bring your temps down by a few degrees.
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post #6 of 15
About right for 3.4G. That's pretty good for a $20 AC7. The Tuniq should bring the temp down a bit.
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You might want to think about getting a Tuniq Tower for your rig.

67 is a bit warm. IMO, your cooler is really only going to be able to disipate bout 3.2Ghz worth of heat. While it can do 3.4 like you are doing, it is at it's limit. I would say lap the cooler but you will spend more on lapping supplies that you did on your cooler.

Best option is to get a TRUE and lap (you have to lap a TRUE) both your CPU and HSF. Next best option is to get a Tuniq Tower. The Tuniq should get about 64C during load @ 3.4 which is a little better.
You said it all.

The arctic cooler you're using is not ment to be used with oc'ed quadcores. Also are you getting 67° C @ 2.4ghz or when oc'ed? As a comparision I'm getting 21 @ idle and 43 @ load with the cpu @ 3.0ghz (with 1.200v). The most reasonable thing to do is changing your cpu cooler.
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67 oc'ed but that's the maximum temp it hits at any point. I didn't know the pro 7 wasn't meant to be used when clocking quads. That's a shame but I guess i can always get another one. I mean, it was only 12 quid in the first place.

Voltage is definitely the problem. Am gonna have a test this evening.
    
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post #9 of 15
your cooler is good for 3.2 max,3.0 would be alrite if you want more get a true,and lap both hs and cpu otherwize its not going to get you great temps, but still the best air cooler out now,imo
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post #10 of 15
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I really am not experienced enough to start lapping cpu's lol. Nor do I have the equipment. Thanks for the tips guys but I can't risk screwing it up! Those TRUE coolers sound really interesting though, anyone got a link?

I'm a bit pee'd off that I wasn't warned against an ac7 when buying a quad, that's the last time I follow customer reviews so carefully! Nevermind though eh. I was on a budget and think I made the right decision at the time.

I've decided to take advice and drop to 3.2ghz for now until I get a new cooler. I think I'll take recommendations and get a tuniq tower, or maybe just browse your fine gentleman's sigs
    
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