Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Overheating

16 Nov 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Overheating

Hi there, I am posting here as I think this might be a problem mainly caused by the case.

My system is as follows
OS; Windows 7 Ultimate
CPU; iNTEL cORE i7-920 2.67 GHz
Motherboard; Asus P6T Deluxe V2
Memory; Corsair XMS3 6GB
Graphics Card; Sapphire ATI HD5870
Hard Drive; 2 times Western Digital 1TB PSU; Corsair ATX 850W
Case; Cooler Master Sileo 500
Cooling; Zalman CNPS9900 LED

When I am running "real temp", I am getting unloaded temps around 48 to 52 degree's. If I run a stress test I regularly get into the low 80's. I ran prime 95 and saw a temp of 91. I then shut the test down.
If I run the computer with the side cover off, I get idle temps in the high 40's and stress tests get into the high 70's. The computer is in an airconditioned room.

I have vacuumed out the vents. I have a small fan on the front pulling air in, a large cooling fan in the middle and a small fan at the rear pulling air out.

As you can see in the picture, the case is foam lined so this obviously doesn't help, but high temps with the side case off?

Please do help.



Attached Images
    
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

16 Nov 2010   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Welcome
Sorry that you come to us with such a serious problem. Possibly these tips may help
How to Prevent Desktop Computer Overheating | eHow.com
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Nov 2010   #3

 
 

Did you build the PC yourself?

How much thermal paste did you use?

Is the cooler properly tensioned?

The case open temps are a little high, but not dangerously so. As you surmised the sound dampening foam doesn't help, nor does the lack of airflow.

Have you left the voltage setting on AUTO in the BIOS? If so what does CPU-Z report the load volts at?

Run the cooldown test function in Real Temp (which uses P95 anyway) to get the load voltage.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


16 Nov 2010   #4

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Looked at your link.
Case might be a small part but not the main problem unless you have the case cooling fans running at low RPM's. With those CPU temps usually the case fans are running at or near 100%.

Two things to check.
I'd think too much paste on CPU/cooler. It only takes enough to show a super thin gray coverage. Apply to CPU only.
Also the cooler can be sitting slightly crooked on CPU. I did that once my self. It looked and felt flat. When I pulled it off to check it the thermal paste was only touching on about half of the cooler.

Fan is not working properly on CPU cooler. This could be as simple as it just needs better RPM control. It isn't increasing properly with the rise of CPU temps.

Mike
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Nov 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Hi
I would like to thank everyone for their replies. In answer to the questions asked.

I had a pc shop put the computer together to my specifications, which I got off the internet. I use the machine mainly for home video editing, photoshop and some gaming.

I have no idea how much thermal paste was used or if the cooling fan was positioned and tensioned properly.

I can only assume that the voltage setting in the bios is on auto, haven't checked. I will check and get back to you smarteyeball.

I did the cooldown test function in Real temp and I never saw the voltage go above 1.16V. I have no idea if this is good or bad.

So, I'm guessing I will need to purchase some thermal paste, remove the cooling fan, clean and reapply the paste and ensure fan is seated properly. How do I do this???


Attached Images
   
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Nov 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Max temps under load.


Attached Images
 
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Nov 2010   #7

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brendan M View Post

I did the cooldown test function in Real temp and I never saw the voltage go above 1.16V. I have no idea if this is good or bad.
1.16v is good. It means the BIOS is not overvolting on the AUTO setting (the more voltage, the more heat. 1.16v is nice and low)

Quote:
So, I'm guessing I will need to purchase some thermal paste, remove the cooling fan, clean and reapply the paste and ensure fan is seated properly. How do I do this???
Not necessarily. Not yet at this stage anyway. (plenty of links/ tutorials if need be though)

However it could be a limitation of the cooler itself. They were good for 775/AM2, but they're not as effective for 1366. A quick google gives some mixed results.

With the A/C on - what is the ambient temp in the room ?

As hopalong mentioned, are the fans themselves ramping up?

Are those Real Temp Shots with the side still off?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Nov 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Ambient temp in the room is around 22 degrees celcius.

Those temps are with the side on.

I didn't hear the fans ramp up, so to speak, during this test. However I have heard them ramp up from time to time.

I will run the test with the side off and post the temps.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Nov 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Second picture show max temp reached 76. This is with the side open.
The fans did ramp up somewhat.


Attached Images
  
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Nov 2010   #10

 
 

The min temps in those shots aren't bad with the side panel on. Even with a 22c ambient, I doubt much of that is making it's way into the case.

While you have the side off, to test the tension - just give the cooler a jiggle. If it feels sturdy (no wiggling) it's secure. But if there is any play in it, then you might want to give the screws a little tightening (do not overtighten. Stop at the first 'bite' of the screw)

Removing the plastic shroud may have a small impact on temps as well (at the cost of noise)

The fans ramping up are a positive sign that they are working fine.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Overheating




Thread Tools



Similar help and support threads for2: Overheating
Thread Forum
Solved Is my CPU overheating? Hardware & Devices
Why the CPU is overheating? Hardware & Devices
Overheating? Hardware & Devices
Overheating? Graphic Cards
i5 overheating? Hardware & Devices
Overheating. General Discussion
cpu overheating Hardware & Devices

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:26 PM.
Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App
  

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33