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by review_monster / June 10, 2009 3:51 PM PDT

hi i have a Intel e6550 on an msi g33m mobo. I am using an antec sonata III case with medium setting speed for the 120mm fan. I have been having cpu temp problems which finally prompted me to change my cpu fan. i bought a zalman 8700 which helped cool it down a few degrees. however i am still getting ridiculous temps.

on idle at no overclock 40'c, on full load 63'c
on idle overclocked to 2.8Ghz same volts 43'c, on full load 68'c

here is a hardware monitor results on overclcoked 2.8ghz default volts:

i remember at the begining the cpu used to run cooler on stock. after i overclocked it for first time it sort of never went back to normal temps. i have restored bios settings to fail safe defaults, but no good.

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So what's the problem?
by Jimmy Greystone / June 10, 2009 11:25 PM PDT
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So what's the problem? CPUs should be able to handle up to around 90C before catastrophic failure hits. If your idle temps were 68C, then you might want to be a little concerned, but your posted numbers seem pretty good on the whole. I live in a warmer climate, and so it's often difficult for me to get my Q9300 CPU under about 60C.

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by review_monster / June 11, 2009 4:11 AM PDT
In reply to: So what's the problem?

oh i thought max was 72'c? isn't that how much a cpu top temp is?

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by Jimmy Greystone / June 11, 2009 4:58 AM PDT
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No, if you look at the documentation for the CPUs, they say they are designed to be able to withstand up to 90C. But much more than 60C on idle would make me kind of concerned personally, but I wouldn't worry about 68C under full load. Especially if you're getting towards the warmer months where you live, and are already pretty close to the maximum average high temp for your region.

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by review_monster / June 12, 2009 4:24 AM PDT
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ok thanks.

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PSU fan failure
by review_monster / June 12, 2009 12:26 PM PDT
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i found the reason of my cpu overheating. My motherboard has been short circuiting when a usb device was connected. This is because of a loose screw that holds the motherboard in the PC. More importantly this caused my power supply fan to fail for some reason. My psu would get extremely hot then and since my cpu is very close to it, the heat would overwhelm it. I checked all the screws and opened my cpu heatsink and found scorchmarks on the processor which evidently proves how hot my cpu has been getting. i cleaned it and applied thermal paste. now that my psu fan is running im getting cooler temperatures of just under 60 at full load. that's 10c improvement.

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(NT) Thanks for the update ..followup reports are very helpful.
by VAPCMD / June 13, 2009 3:32 AM PDT
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no problem im just surprised that the cpu took so much heat and still survived. props to intel.

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