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Hello everyone, I am new to overclocking and I've been using my i7 920 @ stock speed for some time. But now I am thinking about overclocking since my new D14 arrived. I am using a HAF X and I have good cable management, so the airflow is OK, but the temps for stock speed seemed a bit high to me and I want to know if they're OK before OC'ing.

i7 920 d0 @ stock speed Turbo enabled all the power saving settings disabled
NH-D14 w/ stock fans, no adapters (I used the Noctua TIM that came with the heatsink)
MB is Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 (rev. 1.0)

Idle temps:
39 36 37 35

Load temps:
60 57 58 56

Are these temps fine for a D14 or do I have to reseat? And by the way I am hoping to hit 4 GHz with my final OC. Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 10
Those temps aren't too far off. A better TIM will shave a few C off, I use MX-4. Voltage matters a lot for temps, what Vcore are you running?
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post #3 of 10
Those temperatures look OK to me.
And, what is the ambient temperature?
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Thanks for the input. The ambient is around 24-25 degrees and the voltage is on auto. CPU-Z is reporting 1.232 v. I don't know my chip's capabilities yet but I guess that seems like a normal stock voltage.
post #5 of 10
Yeah those temps are okay. Take voltage off of "auto" and shoot for less than 1.0 v for stock speeds. That will lower your temps further.

If you plan on overclocking, then shoot for a 4.0 OC with less than 1.29 v.
    
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my temps are 45 idle and 71 at load and im using noctua 14 with i7 920 C0.. i dont have any case fans at the moment.. maybe thats it? also I used the thermal paste that noctua provided instead of artic silver..?
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When OC'ing I'll try to optimize my voltage as much as I can and find a sweet spot. I read that voltage affects power consumption much more than the frequency, so if I can manage my 4 GHz with a low voltage the temps shouldn't shoot too high, right? And @ Asus11 if that's the case with stock speed I would suggest reseating and seeing if you used too much or little TIM if the temperatures stay like that after you install case fans. I don't think the choice of thermal paste would make that much of a difference. You could always get a top of the line TIM like Shin-Etsu or some other good thermal paste, but Noctua's is also fine. I myself don't think it's worth it when you can only shave 1 or 2 degrees at most.
post #8 of 10
CO Stepping is going to run warmer than DO- they simply don't overclock as well. Lack of case fans isn't going to help...

Arctic silver is about the last paste you'll want to use- too many great pastes out there that don't need a curing time. With that being said before I even changed the paste (because the NH stuff isn't TOO bad) I'd get an intake fan at the front and ensure you have an exhaust fan on the back... in the 120mm-140mm variety. Noctua actually has GREAT fan for both applications. It'll cost you about 25 bucks but that alone would probably cut your temps down a margin. Then I'd look into new paste... but new paste isn't going to make up for crappy airflow.
Edited by Eno75 - 2/8/11 at 4:31am
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Those temperature is too high. Try going for a thinner and better layer of TIM? D14 suppose to be very good.
    
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You will need some kind of airflow to get lower temps on the processor. Also 1.232v is WAY too much voltage for 2.66ghz.

My ambient is around 15*C in my basement and my idle @ 4ghz on a 950 is 27*C average. With a 65*C average Prime 95 load after a few hours.

But that's in a case with 6 case fans. If all your D14 is ingesting is warm ambient case air then you can't expect miracles.

Also stay away from Arctic Silver as much as you can. Too many people on here use it not knowing that there are a ton of other pastes that will offer better performance with no cure time.
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