Originally Posted by 0rion
Wow, Idling at 51C? yes, that is definitely too high. At 3ghz 51C should be the load temperature even on air cooling. Make sure you are using the latest coretemp version to see the temperatures of each individual core, and If they're still that high I would suggest using some AS5 and doing a reseat. Also, what are you using for voltage on the core?
I'm sorry but I have to question the validity of this. There are so many things that need to be taken into account, and even then it's a rare occasion to find a Q6600 running at 51C at full load on air. Things like ambient temp, thermal paste, HSF... they all have to be taken into account.
I did some pretty intensive testing w/ my Q6600 and compared my results to those of MANY in the original SLACR G0 thread, and found that my temps were pretty much on par with others, give or take 3-5C. I was hitting about 70C on all four cores on full load at 3.2GHz. Keep in mind my ambient is 78F (about 26C), and this is the only reason I'm not running 3.6GHz.
Deliriousgtx: I'm going to have say that around 50C on stock cooling, depending on your ambient temperature in the room, is relatively normal.