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Old September 1, 2008, 02:24 PM
LegendofJubei LegendofJubei is offline
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Just wanted to give an update:

I received the backplate bolt thru kit and installed it successfully...temperatures didn't drop all that much unfortunately but after a little more research I discovered the problem. If you just google "Q9450 high idle temps" you'll find literally hundreds of threads about this problem. Apparently it has nothing to do with the heatsink or thermal paste or anything else. It has to do with Intel and something about the diodes not giving accurate temperature readouts at idle. There is a semi-annoying solution where you get a program called realtemp and calibrate it properly in order to get the correct idle temps. The method is somewhat flawed, but I overclocked the Q9450 to 3.2 Ghz (is this decent? Computer wouldn't post at 3.4) and the highest temperature readout under an 8 hour prime95 torture test was 52 degrees. My FSB is hovering around 1599 so I don't think I can go any higher than 3.2. Does anybody have any ideas? Should I raise the core voltage or just be happy with the 3.2ghz?

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