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Windows 7: Intel 2600k Overheating

30 Jun 2012   #1
AlexRD

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Intel 2600k Overheating

Hi,

I have bought my computer something like 5 months ago.

It has recently come to my attention that its reaching very high temperatures, such as 70C during mild stress. I do mean mild, as games aren't very CPU intensive.

Yesterday i cleaned it, of all the dust, and it went from 70 to 50-55 on idle.
That still is high though. So i'm wondering, what could possibly be the problem?
I don't overclock or anything.

Could it be that the temperature monitor is defective? Or is the CPU defective? Or is it something simple like re-applying thermal paste? I really hate doing that.

I remember doing a stress test on it for 48 hours when i first bought it and it never went over 60C.


What do you guys suggest?


I want to keep the thermal paste as a last resort, as i hate opening my computer. Everytime i carry it to a table i think "This is it. I am going to trip on something and crash it."

By the way, the room temperature is something around 25C. And yes, all the fans are working at 1360 RPM. I'm using default voltage ( i think its 1.22V ) and i'm using HW Monitor to check these.


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30 Jun 2012   #2
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

50C idle temperature is too hot. It will depend on your ambient temp though.
You could try reseating the the Heat sink using a good thermal paste like Artic Silver. Their Web site will show you the best application technique for a specific processor.
I also did not like the stock cooler and used a Hyper 212+ (about $30 I think). It can be a bit fiddly to fit and you need to check your Motherboard and case for clearances. There are others of course.

Also here is the link to the Intel Processor Diagnostic Tool (64 bit).
http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Deta...&DwnldID=19792
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30 Jun 2012   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I like the better cooler idea that has been mentioned. I never use a stock cooler. You will have to do you Google research to make your choice. Their are many O/C websites that could help your research. For air cooling this is what I would use. Noctua NH-D14 review If your temps went up and your haven't done any changes but cleaning things and they went down it sounds like cpu thermal compound and proper mounting of cpu cooler. All the stock Intel coolers I have seen have 4 push and pop in pins that hold the cooler down. Sometimes these pins don't snap all the way into the proper position and will cause overheating. I also use Artic Silver and install it as per their website.
Arctic Silver, Inc. - Intel® Application Methods
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Doing a little research I found people clocking your type cpu to 4.4 running 60c under load on air.
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30 Jun 2012   #4
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Alex,
Are you overclocking? Yes/No

Be sure that the computer is not flush or even close to a wall on any side.
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30 Jun 2012   #5
AlexRD

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Alex,
Are you overclocking? Yes/No

Be sure that the computer is not flush or even close to a wall on any side.
No i am not overclocking, and it is not close to wall
By the way, i tried that intel diagnose software, but in one minute of stress test it went to 80C. I closed the app in fear that it might damage my CPU.
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30 Jun 2012   #6
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Doing a little research I found people clocking your type cpu to 4.4 running 60c under load on air.
Interesting I overclock for some video encoding and these figures are pretty much spot for what I get with a Hyper 212+. CPU all threads flat out for a couple of hours. Maybe a bit cooler if it's a cold day.
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30 Jun 2012   #7
AlexRD

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I just checked in the bios, and the when its idling there the temperature sits at 40C.
When i check the temp idling in OS, its about 55C

Perhaps flashing the bios will help?
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30 Jun 2012   #8
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

I've a simple approach.
Speccy shows temps. link to speccy in my sig.
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30 Jun 2012   #9
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

I use this processor.
A aftermarket heatsink is a good idea for it.
If you are at 50-55 idle it's very possible it could reach dangerous temps when under full load.

It's obvious the heatsink you are using is simply not conducting the heat properly.
It could be a factory screw up in the heatsink, it could be due to high ambient temperature where you have the computer.
Either way a aftermarket heatsink is the best solution I have based on what information is here.

The bios idle state is completely different from the windows idle state as far as the cpu is concerned.
Bios data is simply 'powered on'
Once windows loads it actually opens up all the features of the chip.
Turbo also comes into play, though it shouldn't be activating while idle.
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30 Jun 2012   #10
AlexRD

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Alright, so i flashed the BIOS and it dropped 10C.
But that may just be due to the fact that i turned it off for 5-10 minutes.
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