I just finished my new build for Haswell. Right now, I have the processor clocked @ 4.2ghz with a 1.2v VCORE. The system details are as below:
Asus Sabertooth Z87
Fractal Design R4 Case w/ the two stock fans that come with it (Silent Series 120mm I think)
Noctua DH-D14 cooler with the supplied Noctua thermal paste applied
I'm wondering if the temps I'm seeing are "normal". If I run a prime95, I hit around 87-88c tops (after a few hours), with an ambient of around 24c. If I just game with a CPU intense game, or something like that, I get around 60-62ish tops. If I run Aida64, after 5 minutes or so, I'm seeing temps max out around 92.
I know Haswell runs hot, I'm just wondering what other people are getting around similiar volts. I've read around a bit, but it seems right now there is a lot of "fluff talk" rather than actual temps. Please correct me if there is a thread that I'm missing with data!
By the way, I've reapplied the paste three times now, each time cleaning the HSF assembly and processor with 99% Isopropyl. It doesn't make any difference. I do tech stuff for a living, so I'm not all that clueless about building machines.
I'm humble enough to at least reapply a few times to make sure!
Would more fans in this case help? This case has some acoustic padding that I think may be creating higher temps. I've also noticed it takes a bit longer for my GTX 670 to hit it's idle temp of 30c, compared to my Corsair 500R case.
Keep in mind, I'm not looking for a miracle here in terms of overclocking and would be fine with a mild OC. I've already tried pushing it past 4.2ghz and it seems like I have a "meh" chip for pushing decent clocks, but I don't even care about that really. This is just a bit of fun for me and I know for my main use (gaming), I'm not gonna see a massive improvement anyways in real world performance.
Any suggestions/advice/insight appreciated!