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I've been struggling mightily to get reasonable temperatures with my processor and I'm not sure what to do. When I first finished my build not too long ago, I was using an Arctic Freezer 7 Pro with the pre-applied MX1 and had idle temps of 54/52/51/51, 72/72/70/70 load (Prime95 Small FFTs) as read in Core Temp. This is at stock speeds and auto voltages with an ambient of about 27c. Figuring I must've had the heatsink improperly seated (damn those pushpins!), I bought some AS5 and some ArctiClean, cleaned it, and reseated. Temps remained the same.

A week later I ordered a Tuniq Tower 120 (TRUE120 won't fit in my case with my side fan), took out the motherboard and all that jazz, cleaned off the processor again and mounted the Tuniq. I used a slightly smaller amount of AS5 than before (about 3/4 length of the line shown on Arctic's website, similar thickness), get back into Windows and load Core Temp up again. Temps read 47/46/45/45 at idle, 70/70/67/67 at load. I'm at a loss for why I can't seem to wrangle in my temperatures.

I'm going to try reseating the Tuniq over the weekend since it slid around as if on ice during the initial installation and that may have something to do with why my temps are still so high. Even so, my temps just don't seem right with the cooler I'm using. Incase it helps, the VID in CoreTemp is 1.3000v, cpu voltage shown in CPUZ at load is 1.224, and in BIOS it shows the vcore at 1.24v.

Any suggestions or ideas on what I can/should do to get my temperatures in line?
    
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Damn! I think it is either that your revision (B3) or your temp sensor is just wrong...
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post #3 of 69
those temps are at stock? yeah, thats not right at all, especially for a tuniq. id say reseat. use the AS5 to make a thin line down the middle going horizontally. The line should be about as thick as a 0.7mm pencil lead (do a search for Audi's AS5 application method for pics)
    
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yeah, i use HWmonitor to monitor temps, and its pretty reliable...try it...
    
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CoreTemp is probably the most accurate temperature monitor for intel chips at the moment
    
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That's what I figured. I found that thread and plan to do exactly that tomorrow. I just hope my problem has been too much AS5.

About the temp sensor, is there anything I can to do prove/disprove that's the issue? I thought Core Temp wasn't supposed to have that problem.
    
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That's what I figured. I found that thread and plan to do exactly that tomorrow. I just hope my problem has been too much AS5.

About the temp sensor, is there anything I can to do prove/disprove that's the issue? I thought Core Temp wasn't supposed to have that problem.
see above post

CoreTemp doesnt have that problem, SpeedFan does and some other ones do also. Everest is also just as reliable as CoreTemp, except for its CPU temp that it pulls from the mobo, which can be lower than expected

I have a B3 and a G0, the G0 is way cooler, yes. But my stock temps were not nearly as high as what you posted, and I have the B3 on a zalman cnps9500, not the greatest cooler (definately not as good as a tuniq)
    
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Didn't see your post until after I hit submit on mine, DJ.

I just wonder if I have a particularly difficult B3, because even with the AF7, from what I've read, my temps shouldn't have been that high either.
    
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Didn't see your post until after I hit submit on mine, DJ.

I just wonder if I have a particularly difficult B3, because even with the AF7, from what I've read, my temps shouldn't have been that high either.
Well, my B3 was really finicky at first also. I had OCed to 3.2 on it with a CNPS9700 and was getting around 72/72/68/68 at 100% load, but my idles were like 45/46/43/43

However, your idles would be higher if you had disabled C1E/SpeedStep in the BIOS, since it doesnt drop to the x6 multiplier.

Also, if you are running at stock speed (266x9=2400MHz) your C1E would take your chip down to 1600MHz (266x6) and it would be a lot cooler than the temps you posted at idle.

Im going to have to say you arent getting good contact with your chip, the AS5 is too thick, or the tuniq is not mounted tight enough. The tuniqs have a tendency to mount too loosely. Check around and you can find a thread on here about putting pennies in between the tuniq's metal mounting strip in order to get a better contact with the chip's IHS. I couldnt find the thread offhand but I remember it being here somewhere.
    
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Honestly,

I have a Tunique tower and my idol temps in 22c ambient RIGHT NOW are 43-45-46-49 :/...

I've reseated like 15 times AND STILL get the SAME exact temps using every different technique with thermal paste. I think the reading are just plain wrong with coretemp or any other programs. I don't even care what the temps say now because I know IT CANT be that hot its impossible and I'm using G0 stepping.
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