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I just got a new i7 950, still running stock speeds and stock cooling (although I have a thermaltake frio coming tomorrow). I am getting temperatures of about 50c on idle and up to 80c in prime 95. My core voltage is 1.2, but for some reason it fluctuates up to 1.208 (not sure if this is normal). I also have speedstep and c1e disabled. I am using arctic silver 5 TIM, and my ambient temperature is about 22c

Anyways, these temperatures seem a bit high for stock speeds and even stock cooling. I am relatively certain that my heatsink is seated properly, but I will see if the temperatures are still high when my new cooler comes tomorrow. I am just hoping I did not get a bad chip or something.

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What method did you use to apply your TIM?
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I put a pea sized dot on the heatsink and then put the heatsink on, didn't spread it or anything.
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That sounds good.

I would not worry much as the i7 950 is a hot chip, and it's even hotter with the stock cooler. Put your thermaltake frio on and post back with your new temps. I'd bet you'll see a huge difference.
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Alright i'll post back tomorrow when I install it. Do you think I could try to lower core voltage a bit without running into any problems at stock speeds?
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I just observed my idle temps drop down to 45c when I took my side panel off, so this problem could probably be mainly attributed to poor air flow and cpu cooler.

PS: i'm not actually using the case in my sig atm, but rather an alienware case with only three 120mm fans, and i just noticed the intake fan behind the front panel is quite dusty.
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Question, why are you running that i7 with SpeedStep and C1E off? Turn those on or leave the CPU settings at completely stock if you're running stock clocks and voltages. That should help your idle temps a bit.
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I just observed my idle temps drop down to 45c when I took my side panel off, so this problem could probably be mainly attributed to poor air flow and cpu cooler.

PS: i'm not actually using the case in my sig atm, but rather an alienware case with only three 120mm fans, and i just noticed the intake fan behind the front panel is quite dusty.
Stock coolers are pretty impossible to seat badly. (I mean you didn't leave the thermal paste that comes attached to the stock cool and apply to the CPU did you).

The fact you dropped temps so significantly sounds like bad airflow inside the case, how is your cable management? and how many intakes and outtakes do you have?


Edit:

You have a HAF and taking the side panel off lowered your temperatures?!

That doesn't seem right by a long way.


Perhaps try deactivating the side panel fan, that might be disrupting your airflow to your CPU cooler.
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post #9 of 9
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35c at idle with the Frio on, plus I cleaned the dust out of some of the case fans.
I guess the stock heatsink is just worse than I thought.
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