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Old 10-18-2009, 12:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So I've been reading lots of past posts on acceptable CPU temps, but have not found the answer I'm looking for yet. I'm using a Zalman CNPS9500 heat sink with Raidmax Smilodon case . I have my CPU Intel Quad Q6600 running at stock speeds of 2.4GHz on 100% load and my sytem temps are as follows.

Core Temp:
Core #1 68C
Core#2 62C
Core#3 68C
Core#4 60C

My system temps are around 45C idle which seems normal.

When overclocking to 3GHz I'm getting 73C which I believe is too high. Actually I think all these system temps are too high for this type of aftermarket cooling. I'm wondering if I need to reapply the thermal paste. Any suggestions?
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What kind of heat sink do you have? I have a friend who has a Q6600 and those are about what he gets on the stock cooler. He's had it OC'd like that for over a year now, so I'm guessing it's a reasonable number.
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What kind of heat sink do you have? I have a friend who has a Q6600 and those are about what he gets on the stock cooler. He's had it OC'd like that for over a year now, so I'm guessing it's a reasonable number.

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Yeah, that might be a little too high.. Try reseating the heat sink and checking to see if you have too much thermal paste on it. I get around 60 Celsius on my Q9550 with an Arctic Freezer 7 Pro or whatever it's called at 3.57Ghz
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Check for dust, possibly bad airflow, or too much thermal paste.

I'm guessing its probably dust if your idle temperatures are normal though.
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Check for dust, possibly bad airflow, or too much thermal paste.

I'm guessing its probably dust if your idle temperatures are normal though.
Yeah the inside of my case is a bit dusty, It's hard to keep the dust out of this case. There is dust stuck in the fins of the heat sink so I guess I have to take the heat sink out to give it a good cleaning, kind of a pain.

Update:
Well I cleaned some of the dust off the heat sink, not much on it. I also reapplied a thin layer of Arctic Silver. Overclocked the CPU to 3GHz 100% load seems to be holding at 67C. I guess it's better then 73C, but I wonder if it will still climb.
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