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Windows 7: i7 3770k TIM

22 May 2012   #1
Steve R2

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
i7 3770k TIM

Hello all, I just purchased a i7 3770k processor. I was reading on your forum that there are heating issues and the problem being the type of TIM intel is now using. My question is, should I get/use quality TIM from a local computer store before I mount up the sink/fan assembly? If so, should I remove present coating from sink/fan before applying new High TEMP grease?
As for overclocking, not at this point but possible in the future.


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22 May 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

Hi Steve and welcome to the forums,

I don't own one, but I think the issue you are talking about is actually the fact they are using TIM inside the CPU as appossed to convention methods.

The regular TIM that we all know and use will not matter too much.

Others will no doubt be able to explain it a lot better than me, but if I was you I would do a little searching about it and you should find a bit more info.


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22 May 2012   #3
Steve R2

Windows 7 Pro 64bit

Thanks Paul appreciate your time to respond
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22 May 2012   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

No worries, I know I didn't explain it very well.

But essentially the TIM you mentioned in regards to high temps on the 3770 is the internal TIM not the regular TIM we would think of/use.
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22 May 2012   #5
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Hi Steve, Intel opted to use a conventional type of TIM in Ivy Bridge for the IHS, Integrated Heat sink, the square metal you see on top of the CPU. There is TIM between it and the CPU die. Sandy bridge used a flux-less solder which dissipates heat better.
Ivy will run hotter regardless of the TIM you use on the cooler than a Sandy does.
I personally uses Arctic Silver 5 but there are many good alternatives, one uses powdered diamond.

This The CPU, a small journey will show how a CPU is put together.
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22 May 2012   #6

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
Not To Worry

Paul is correct about the application of a Heat conductor. What you are refering to is on the inside of the chip. Just use the normal thermal grease that You always use. As to the I7 3770K running hotter it might But the one I have installed with an after market cooler (Cooler Master V6) idles at 28 deg C to 31 deg C depening on the ambient room temp. I can use the machine and it might go to 39 deg C. I have never seen it hit 40. I have it running at 4.222 GHZ. I have never stressed tested it with any stress software. It preforms so well I just didn't see the need.
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23 May 2012   #7
Steve R2

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
Processor info

Thanks to all for the education, love it. my build will not be as advanced as your outlined systems but I will have some room to tinker when I fully understand overclocking etc. what im focusing on is a stout intel based media system. (do have a budget... until I find a job) my test system worked so well that ive decided to update mobo, processor & ram. I know comcast didnt like cause I reduced my monthly bill by $70 bucks with a pay back at 1 year.

Great information & pics.
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