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my DK cools my i7 970 at 4.2 Ghz with HT on and keeps it under 65 so I'd say it definitely has what it takes to cool an i7
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Sorry to bump a dead thread, but I went with the 212+ and my i7 is still about 70C at stock settings. I have a feeling that I put too much thermal compound on the chip... If I did, could that cause it to run that much hotter than it's supposed to? Also, how much should I tighten down the heatsink? I tightened it down enough that it wouldn't move left or right, but I was afraid to tighten it anymore than that for fear of crushing the heat spreader.
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Sorry to bump a dead thread, but I went with the 212+ and my i7 is still about 70C at stock settings. I have a feeling that I put too much thermal compound on the chip... If I did, could that cause it to run that much hotter than it's supposed to? Also, how much should I tighten down the heatsink? I tightened it down enough that it wouldn't move left or right, but I was afraid to tighten it anymore than that for fear of crushing the heat spreader.
i used a hyper 212+ to cool an i7 920 at 4ghz and temps were lower than that ... try reseating the heatsink, dont put too much TIM and dont. be afraid to tighten it.
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Sorry to bump a dead thread, but I went with the 212+ and my i7 is still about 70C at stock settings. I have a feeling that I put too much thermal compound on the chip... If I did, could that cause it to run that much hotter than it's supposed to? Also, how much should I tighten down the heatsink? I tightened it down enough that it wouldn't move left or right, but I was afraid to tighten it anymore than that for fear of crushing the heat spreader.
Don't apply the thermal past to the CPU itself. Use the line method on the heatsink.

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