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So when you boot your computer and look at your desktop with nothing running you are hitting 29C, but when you play a game you are pushig over 60? Thats really weird. When I'm just chilling, its at about 43C. When In game, its about 55C. Mobo is usually around 29C
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So when you boot your computer and look at your desktop with nothing running you are hitting 29C, but when you play a game you are pushig over 60? Thats really weird. When I'm just chilling, its at about 43C. When In game, its about 55C. Mobo is usually around 29C
Pretty close -- actually, since I upgraded my mobo, I'm down to 58 at full load (either Prime95 or 3D gaming). I'll double check it tonight and post my speedfan shots.
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I have two northwoods in my folding farm, max load temp 55c max vcore 1.675 for me. But Lando is correct about the wear of the cpu running past the safe limits.
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Ok, must've been a bit chilly when I ran my last tests because they look a little higher.

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Now I'm really nervous about those temps so I'm going to drop back on the overclock (and maybe put the 5:4 divider back) and see if I can cool things off a bit until new case time.
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post #15 of 22
time for a fan duct until new case arrives. Attach it to a free air inlet (fan or no fan) and connect it to the top of your cpu...and TADA! 10C drop just like that!

It should cool your cpu almost 10C or more...and get some AS5 whilst you're at it...take another 5C or so...mmm mmm cold
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time for a fan duct until new case arrives. Attach it to a free air inlet (fan or no fan) and connect it to the top of your cpu...and TADA! 10C drop just like that!
Hmm... nice idea, but I have a mid-Tower that's pretty tight (part of the reason I'm wanting a new case). There's only one intake in the front -- are you suggesting to duct that all the way to the CPU and let the rest of the equipment get cooled by the CPU cooler exhaust? Are there any non-standard ways to duct in air (e.g., maybe through one of the 5-1/4 bays)?

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and get some AS5 whilst you're at it...take another 5C or so...mmm mmm cold
I'm not using thermal paste -- I'm using what I call "fake" AS5 right now (it looks like AS5 -- silver stuff in a syringe -- but I got it from a discount computer store so I'm betting it's not the same). Do you think I could really get 5C out of switching to "real" AS5?

BTW, I've dropped my FSB oc to 144 -- this gives me 2.44GHz and lets me run at around 55C at full load and 48C when folding (and knocked about 7% off my 3DMark score but at least I feel safer now).
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post #17 of 22
Uner 50*C for any processor is perfect.

However, the max warranty temp. for a Northwood is 55*C with 1.7V warranty max volt.

EDIT: Sorry to see that you had to drop FSB, mate. Getting AS5 is the best. You won't regret it. The "real" AS5 (lol @ "real") will definitely improve your temperature. It takes, according to many out there, 200 hours to cure. However, I've never seen it take 200 hours to cure because I saw no difference after 200 hours of "curing".
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post #18 of 22
well, if you are limited on intake holes...perhaps fabricate a 120mm exhaust at the top of the case (so the chipset and all that can vent) and use the rear as an intake for the cpu instead of the case exhaust...just an idea.

a cooler you might use if a thermaltake volcano (whatever fits the s478) and just duct straight to the cpu. I really wanted to do that, but my Big Typhoon is a might bit big for my mid tower case as well.

I've also thought of selling my Big Typhoon and getting a Tower 112 (all copper, horizontal air flow) and hooking the inlet or exhaust directly in-line with it. Cooling is fun!
post #19 of 22
AS5 dropped my cpu temp 10-12 degrees right of the bat, no curing... i am hopping some curing will make it better

but yes, the "REAL" AS5 makes a great great difference.
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post #20 of 22
heh...I just realized what AS5 looks like...think donkey or mule

now think of all the times you said "I need to get some AS5!"
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