So I've been having an extremely hard time with my chip and temperatures.
It never overheats, the system has never frozen on me or crashed (Without me being the reason due overclocking). But the way the chip reacts doesn't make any sense to me and it's frustrating me a lot recently.
I am running my A10-5800K at 4.3GHZ on a Cooler Master N520 cooler, which was enough for my previous A6-3670K, and it would never break 65C.
But this thing even with the same TDP breaks the 70C barrier in less than 10 seconds on an OCCT stress test. Or so the sensors say. I have reapplied TIM to make sure everything was okay. And one of the things that worry me is that the heatsink does not feel -FIRM- sure, if I wiggle it a bit after it's bolted down it stays in place, but if I twist it a little, it does budge, making me believe there is not enough pressure between the cooper plate and CPU, which could be the cause of the issue, the bolts are tight, and I dont dare to tight them more as Im afraid the motherboard could crack, but this wasn't an issue before. I am seriously at a loss.
Now the leap I took from 3.8 to 4.3GHZ is fine, it is a stable overclock and it works. But not knowing my temperatures is really frustrating as the hot months are coming, and I can sure you room temperature is going to go up to the 110's soon enough.
When gaming which is the most intensive task I do, I run hwmonitor and after a session I check temperatures, I am overwhelmed by the fact that my max temperature is 72C. Just 2 degrees short of AMD's max temperature recommended for the chip. Bear in mind I have only ran hwmonitor with Tomb Raider 2013, and it -is- kind of a demanding game, but the temperature readings I get are unacceptable. The air being pushed by the heatsink is indeed warm, but it doesn't burn.
I'm just at a loss, I want better cooling, but what's the point if I can't know if my temperatures are good or not?
Any advice is truly helpful, specially if you own the same chip.