Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1
How hot was your 860 running before the 15C drop???? My Q9550 is running about 25C at idle with the stock cooler....hence the reason I didn't see any reason to make it run cooler. I figure that's well within the range it should be at...heck it's quite cool compared to most....and I didn't have to spend a dollar extra or install any aftermarket CPU cooler which might require taking out the mobo to put on the clamps.
My 860 was at about 44 with the stock and now it's about 29.
If mine was that cool I may not have changed either.
I must say it's 90F where I live and the ambient temps are high as I have no AC.
Also, this cooler has push pins so no removing the mobo.
This makes a BIG difference. If I had a "room temp" it would be different. I also use a VERY good thermal paste which I didn't try with the stock cooler. I just used what was on it stock. That will make a difference too. I don't know what Intel has on the stock cooler.
For $15 you cannot loose with a TX3 in my opinion. It will give you some room in case you ever need it.
I would also like to know how the MSI is treating you. The GD65 looks like a sweet board.
Also, here are some pics of the cooler on my system if you want to see them. It's on this site in "show us your rig" http://www.sevenforums.com/hardware-...tml#post276636