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I have an Asus P8Z68-V le, an i7 2600k.

 

My current cooling is a Thermaltake Frio. Temps on stock clock don't look too good D:

 

what sort of temp range should I be looking at for this sort of rig? I've never had any good experience with cooling so far. My previous amd system had a 3R Ice Age, but that wasn't great either with temps...

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It would be helpfull if you provided the following info:

 

1. What ARE the temps you currently have??????

Yep and what fans you have in the case and their orientation (which way they move air).

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All cores running at 34-38 at the moment. I got nothing on. Core speed is down to 1600mhz with core voltage between 1.006 to 1.058.

 

With prime95 running, temps are: 58-61

core speed is at 4200mhz , with voltage between 1.296 - 1.304

 

 

In terms of airflow:

 

2xFans suck air into the case from the front

1xbig fan pushes out the case at the top

1xfan pushes air out of the case at the back - lined with cpu fan

1xfan sucks air from the front of the case into the cpu cooler fins

1xfan sucks air out of cpu cooler fins towards back of the case

1xhole in side panel (i removed the fan from there no space)

psu located at bottom of case and blowing air upwards

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Nothing unusual in those temps.

but its a thermaltake frio? isn't that supposedly one of the better air cooling devices?

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I am saying the temps are not high, and are in fact quite acceptable. So no you do not need to upgrade your cooling.

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I am saying the temps are not high, and are in fact quite acceptable. So no you do not need to upgrade your cooling.

Ahh right. Thanks for that. In terms of overclocking though, does that leave me with much scope to work with or am i limited?

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Yeah its not too bad, I wouldn't want to run one of those chips over 70-80c under load though.

 

Depending on your board and chip, you may be able to get 4-4.5ghz at a relatively low voltage which in turn means very little heat increase.

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Alright. Thanks for that. I'm gonna give OC a few more tries.

 

I was just a bit disappointed with the temperature readings. was hoping to get below 30 on idle and below 50 on load :(

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These do run a little hotter but have lots of headroom, hence the average's are a little over what your used to but thats the norm for Most people.

Day 1- (Without the De-Clocking Steppings) I got 4.5ghtz without trying as a stable 24/7 clock, temps were 38*-45*c idle and 58*-72*c load (video encoding)

Day 2- Enabling the 1.6ghtz Idle stepping and took the 4.5ghtz to 4.7ghtz and then needed voltage, got my i7 2600k up to 4.99ghtz in the end annoying enough to not hit 5ghtz but oh well.

 

Factor in motherboard quality, psu, cooling/making sure everything is seated correctly and you should be in for a decent experience :)

 

Stock Cooling info... for the lulz (@ 3.5ghtz, no 1.6ghtz speedstep)

40-50*c Idle and 60-70*c = Average Temp gaming,.. 83*c = after a few mins of heavy Load Video encoding.

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These do run a little hotter but have lots of headroom, hence the average's are a little over what your used to but thats the norm for Most people.

Day 1- (Without the De-Clocking Steppings) I got 4.5ghtz without trying as a stable 24/7 clock, temps were 38*-45*c idle and 58*-72*c load (video encoding)

Day 2- Enabling the 1.6ghtz Idle stepping and took the 4.5ghtz to 4.7ghtz and then needed voltage, got my i7 2600k up to 4.99ghtz in the end annoying enough to not hit 5ghtz but oh well.

 

Factor in motherboard quality, psu, cooling/making sure everything is seated correctly and you should be in for a decent experience :)

 

Stock Cooling info... for the lulz (@ 3.5ghtz, no 1.6ghtz speedstep)

40-50*c Idle and 60-70*c = Average Temp gaming,.. 83*c = after a few mins of heavy Load Video encoding.

Ahh. awesome i see. i should try to crank up the cpu fans to high speed instead of low. that should probably cool it down more as well (but it gets pretty loud). I managed to get 5Ghz previously. I jumped voltage to 1.45 i think (didn't bother incrementing). tested with prime over 24hours. worked just fine but bsod randomly after a while (when prime's not on). so i took it down a notch to auto-volt and 4.2 as it is atm. Im suspecting the bsod might not necessarily be the cpu. heard there were issues with sandforce ssds. will look into firmware update tonight.

 

thanks for the stock cooling info as well! it's a bit comforting

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Alright. Thanks for that. I'm gonna give OC a few more tries.

 

I was just a bit disappointed with the temperature readings. was hoping to get below 30 on idle and below 50 on load :(

you would need a rather cold room and some high speed fans or watercooling to manage those temps

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Alright. Thanks for that. I'm gonna give OC a few more tries.

 

I was just a bit disappointed with the temperature readings. was hoping to get below 30 on idle and below 50 on load :(

you would need a rather cold room and some high speed fans or watercooling to manage those temps

 

Yeah not looking into watercooling at the moment. My Thermaltake frio has an adjustable fan. right now its on slowest mode. it gets too loud if i crank it up, but i'll try for the sake of testing later tonight.

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Alright. Thanks for that. I'm gonna give OC a few more tries.

 

I was just a bit disappointed with the temperature readings. was hoping to get below 30 on idle and below 50 on load :(

you would need a rather cold room and some high speed fans or watercooling to manage those temps

 

Yep you can never cool below ambient unless you want to fit a refrigeration type cooler, or something running a total loss nitrogen or dry ice system :P

In reality 10 to 20 degrees above ambient is probably as good as you will get on air.

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Alright. Thanks for that. I'm gonna give OC a few more tries.

 

I was just a bit disappointed with the temperature readings. was hoping to get below 30 on idle and below 50 on load :(

you would need a rather cold room and some high speed fans or watercooling to manage those temps

 

Yep you can never cool below ambient unless you want to fit a refrigeration type cooler, or something running a total loss nitrogen or dry ice system :P

In reality 10 to 20 degrees above ambient is probably as good as you will get on air.

 

true fair enough. will try OC at higher fan speed and see how it goes

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Nothing unusual in those temps.

but its a thermaltake frio? isn't that supposedly one of the better air cooling devices?

 

What is most important is what your load temps are.

 

Your load temps arent bad. At idle those temps are still fine totally. So overall its fine. Thats still cooler at idle than the stock cooler and at load more importantlly your looking at a massive difference in temps.

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Nothing unusual in those temps.

but its a thermaltake frio? isn't that supposedly one of the better air cooling devices?

 

What is most important is what your load temps are.

 

Your load temps arent bad. At idle those temps are still fine totally. So overall its fine. Thats still cooler at idle than the stock cooler and at load more importantlly your looking at a massive difference in temps.

 

I'm getting 58-61 degrees with prime95 running, cpu fan at full speed

Core speed is 4200MHZ

core voltage is 1.296-1.304

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thats rather good temps for air

you could probably lower the v to 1.26 though (also check vtt is at 1.05v) and it would probably still be prime stable but run cooler or up the clock speed

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thats rather good temps for air

you could probably lower the v to 1.26 though (also check vtt is at 1.05v) and it would probably still be prime stable but run cooler or up the clock speed

This was on auto. I'll try manually set to 1.26 and check. cheers

 

Tried cpu fan on lowest setting and I get 60-64degrees will try to manually set voltage and see

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Nothing unusual in those temps.

but its a thermaltake frio? isn't that supposedly one of the better air cooling devices?

 

What is most important is what your load temps are.

 

Your load temps arent bad. At idle those temps are still fine totally. So overall its fine. Thats still cooler at idle than the stock cooler and at load more importantlly your looking at a massive difference in temps.

 

I'm getting 58-61 degrees with prime95 running, cpu fan at full speed

Core speed is 4200MHZ

core voltage is 1.296-1.304

 

No problem. You also have some headroom. As someone suggested you could trying lowering the volts on it.

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tried playing with bclk frequency, but it's no good.

 

left bclk at default 100 and tried following random numbers:

1.375v

48x

pime95 crunching numbers

 

Temps are:

Core 1: 68-70

Core 2: 74-76

Core 3: 71-74

Core 4: 70-72

 

 

hopefully won't crash through the night

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Nothing unusual in those temps.

but its a thermaltake frio? isn't that supposedly one of the better air cooling devices?

 

What is most important is what your load temps are.

 

Your load temps arent bad. At idle those temps are still fine totally. So overall its fine. Thats still cooler at idle than the stock cooler and at load more importantlly your looking at a massive difference in temps.

 

I'm getting 58-61 degrees with prime95 running, cpu fan at full speed

Core speed is 4200MHZ

core voltage is 1.296-1.304

 

Nice temps considering the clock and the voltage.

 

You should be able to do 4.5ghz with that voltage too :)

 

You can't really bclk oc these chips, you can do about an extra 3-5mhz, sometimes slightly more, but its all about the unlocked multiplier baby.

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