Originally Posted by Seire
Ok sounds good to me. We'll revisit this tomorrow. I was a bit surprised when I saw that temperature too. Not because I know which temp is right, but because the TEC display says 26C, RealTemp says 36C, and HWMonitor says 46C. Which temp source is most reliable?
I would go with realtemp. As for the TEC display that came with your HSF--in another review I saw, it was also stuck at 26C and never changed--so it seems like a bug in the HSF. Besides, I don't know how the HSF can know what the temperature of the CPU is if it's not interfacing with the sensor on the CPU (which, from what I understand of how the HSF works, it is not)--so I would immediately discount the temp reading on the TEC display, and just ignore it for good.
One thing you might want to check is that something like "automatic CPU fan control" is disabled in the BIOS--since the TEC will be adjusting itself based on CPU temperature.
Well, i'm going back to the idea that the HSF isn't seated properly, or the thermal paste application is not right.
Here's what I thought of to test if the TEC works on that HSF--you'll need a second HSF (anything cheap to temporarily mount and use). Remove the TEC HSF, but leave everything plugged in. Install a temporary replacement CPU HSF (remember to plug in the fan for this HSF somewhere--you'll have to reserve the CPU's HSF fan for the TEC). After the replacement HSF is mounted, and keeping the TEC plugged in but separate from anything, power on the system and feel the contact surface of the TEC--it should be noticeably cool (at least, cooler than room temp) and stay that way--if you have a temperature prob/thermocouple for a voltmeter you could tape the sensor to the TEC surface and verify that temps don't get warm.
That's my suggestion--or you could RMA the system and tell them that the CPU overheats...
Well, those are my suggestions--I'm not sure what else it could be. Easiest thing would be to try a reseat of the HSF--if you're not comfy with that, we can help you through it. Other than that...I'm out of ideas...