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I have not overclocked mu cpu and don't plan on it. I run a program like folding@home at 100% of the cpu speed. The temperature that my cpus work at is 85C and I just found this out. I tried changing it to 75% cpu and went to bed (usually keep my computer on at night) and when I woke up it was at 85C again. Is it ok for the processors to be at 85C or no? The cooling I have is the Antec 900 case and the stock intel heatsink and fan. When the computer idles, the temperature is around 50-65. This is the first computer that I built and I use it for mostly gaming. Is this a good/safe temperature or no? I know the cooler the better but if I don't have to get another heatsync then I don't want to.
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85C is not good for your CPU long term. I'd *strongly* recommend a new a better cooler. The stock Intel HSF is gawd-awful.
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that is a bit to hot..... even for the stock hs. I would recommend getting like a hyper 212 for 30 bucks and use that but if not you jsut need to reseat your cooler and put real tim on it and not the ****ty stock stuff they give you or you can purchase my 970 stock hs that will keep it very nice nad cool ill include some tim as well
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that is a bit to hot..... even for the stock hs. I would recommend getting like a hyper 212 for 30 bucks and use that but if not you jsut need to reseat your cooler and put real tim on it and not the ****ty stock stuff they give you or you can purchase my 970 stock hs that will keep it very nice nad cool ill include some tim as well
^This A hyper 212 is a great buy for the money and will let you take that chip up to 3.6. Also how did you apply the TIM as even with the stock heatsink 85c is too hot.
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Ok, thanks guys. I just got the 212 from amazon which will be here tuesday at the latest (free prime for students ). Now that I know that it was too hot, how much damage could have been done to the cpu if it's been running like that (basically 24/7) for a month or so?
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post #6 of 15
If you want to run at stock 3.06GHz clocks and you're using auto voltage in BIOS you can probably get away with setting the voltage lower manually, temps should go down.

Test with LinX/IBT for stability and lower voltage one notch at a time until it becomes unstable.

85C load is hot for no overclock though, check if the cooler is mounted well, also the stock TIM strips Intel paints on the bottom are pretty weak, a real TIM compared to that should help lower temps around 10C.
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post #7 of 15
yea the hyper 212 will help alot and i mean alot. jsut look at a guide or ask for help and get it installed right using tim of some kind. the hyper 212 comes with stuff that will allow you to run nice and cool as it is but up to you
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Ok, thanks guys. I just got the 212 from amazon which will be here tuesday at the latest (free prime for students ). Now that I know that it was too hot, how much damage could have been done to the cpu if it's been running like that (basically 24/7) for a month or so?
To be honest the chip would throttle itself before any real damage was done, also if you have sppedstep enables then when it was idle it likely downclocked itself to around 1.6ghz.
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Ok, thanks guys. I just got the 212 from amazon which will be here tuesday at the latest (free prime for students ). Now that I know that it was too hot, how much damage could have been done to the cpu if it's been running like that (basically 24/7) for a month or so?
85C is hot but not dangerous for an i7 950. There are Intel's Tcase and Tjmax ratings and its below both. When the cores themselves get too hot it triggers thermal protection and the CPU throttles or shuts down entirely.
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85C is hot but not dangerous for an i7 950. There are Intel's Tcase and Tjmax ratings and its below both.
Not so much, on the second part. Intel rates 950 Bloomfields for 68C Tcase.

http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=37150
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