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Windows 7: BIOS - CPU Upgrade OK, now I'm nervous

25 Apr 2010   #11


Less than perfectly applied thermal grease, low quality thermal grease, aluminum heat sink base, vapor locked heat pipes.

A few contributing factors to higher CPU temps.

My Q9550 idles ~30-33 using a FreeZone cooler, and I have a very hot case temp (14 internal drives).

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25 Apr 2010   #12
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot

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I plan on buying my Phenom with the heatsink & fan included.
You still might want to consider an after market HSF. The stock Phenom cooler is just adequate, and rather noisy.

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I'm using the heat sink and fan that came with the new cpu. It's twice the size with heat pipes. I run my fans full all the time. I'm looking at other solutions but I'm limiting it to not having to access the back of the mobo. My desktop case has no bottom access.
Many of the AM2/AM3 coolers don't need access to the bottom of the mobo to change out. It's a clip and bracket system, just like your cooler is now, and if your case has enough room, you can often do it easily without taking out the board. Intel CPUs OTOH, often require access to the bottom of the board to fit the bracket.

If you have enough room in your case, you might look at the Arctic Cooling 64 Pro. I have one and it keeps my Phenom idling at about 25C, and 40ish under full load. They aren't that expensive, either.
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26 Apr 2010   #13

Windows 7

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What stormy said, check the CPU Support List. The reality is, if you don't have to flash don't flash, so if the CPU you want to use is supported with your current BIOS and your not having any problems there's no need to flash it. I have an Asus M2N68-AM SE2 and just flashed my BIOS from Windows with their update utility yesterday. I used the mylogo utility to put a nice windows 7 boot screen into the BIOS before I flashed it. The big worry is getting a power bump or power outage right in the middle of flashing your BIOS, so don't flash in the middle of a thunder storm. I'm going to be upgrading to a Phenom so at some point I was going to have to flash mine.
I went ahead with the install & no BIOS change. After a little set up in the boot sequence all is golden. This CPU is fast!! First thing I noticed was increase in CPU temp. Added another fan but it seems to hang around 45 to 50c. Previous was 30 to 35c.

45-50c aint so bad , not too good tho.
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26 Apr 2010   #14

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3

Mine is an Intel Q6600 runs idle around 45c and 54c under extreme gaming with a Masscool 6 heat pipe cooler. I know AMD and intel are apples and oranges but you always obviously want it to run as cool as possible.Fabe
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