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Old October 19, 2009, 10:34 AM
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Default Are these temperatures ok? what can I do to lower them?

I recently overclocked my Q6600 from the stock 2.4 GHz to 3.0 GHz, and am wondering what my temperatures SHOULD be. Here are my system specs:

Processor: Q6600 @ 3.0 GHz
Motherboard: nForce 680n LT SLI
RAM: OCZ Vista Ready 4GB DDR2 333 MHz
Graphics Card: GTX 260 MAXCORE 50 (216)
Heatsink/Fan: XigmaTeck HDT S1283

With an ambient room temperature of 19 celcius, it idles at 38. Running the Prime95 Torture Test (in place large FFT, max heat), it peaked at 65 celcius over 3 hours. I plan to run it longer tonight.

Will removing my fan and adding copius amounts of thermal paste lower the temperatures? Is there anything else I can do, other then get new cooling components? "Overclock" the fans?

Any help is appreciated, and if you have an overclocked Q660, feel free to post your rigs and temps for comparitive purposesm


Mike Trpcic
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Old October 19, 2009, 11:37 AM
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Adding more thermal paste will harm your temps, not help them. How are you monitoring them? You should be using either Real Temp or Core Temp. And 65C is a perfectly fine temperature for your chip, so you don't have to worry about anything. It does seem a little bit higher than normal, but you're still well within safe levels, and there's no risk of harming your CPU.
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Old October 19, 2009, 11:49 AM
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65 is 100% safe. Adding more thermal paste is BAD. You just want enough to cover the chip (a pea/rice sized drop) so you get the most cooler-IHS contact. Thermal paste is meant for filling the microscopic impurities in the heatspreader and CPU cooler base. And again, 65C is perfectly fine. As long as you keep it under 85-90C you will be 100% fine, and even then you're just being cautious.
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Old October 19, 2009, 11:53 AM
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Yeah, your temps are perfectly safe.
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