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Old September 27, 2013, 07:57 AM
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Default Z87-Pro + 4770k + Kraken X60 = CRAP

So i've posted this up on other forums to try and get some answers and figured i'd go on here and look for help as well. I'll say that going from a sandy bridge system to a haswell system is wayyyy more different than i thought. So many different bios options and i don't even know which ones to touch. It doesn't seem like i should overclock this cpu the way i did my 2600k. Yes i am getting good contact on my X60 using PK-1 paste. It idles at 48-50 celsius compared to my 2600k which idles at 28-30 celsius with a Phanteks PH-TC14PE...i'm afraid to even o.c. this 4770k.
Can anyone give me starting points on what i should start changing first? So far all i did was try to up the clock literally from 3.5 to 3.7 and i got a BSOD. Really?! The only other thing i manually changed was the DRAM settings to DDR3-1600mhz which it should be. I'm not impressed with Haswell at all right now. Any input would be appreciated.
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Old September 27, 2013, 08:09 AM
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50 definitely seems a tad high for idle. I know Haswell operates at a higher temp than SB, but that's more than I would expect.

This may sound like the obvious question, but have you confirmed that the X60 has a solid block connection to the CPU? And that you're not over/under applying the thermal compound? Not to offend you by pointing out the obvious, but the temps you listed are indicative of a problem with your cooling, not your CPU.
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Old September 27, 2013, 08:11 AM
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Strange. Granted I'm on water but my 4770k idles at a lower temp (24-27) than my overclocked 2600k did(34-36). I'm at stock clocks but I've seen it jump to 4200mhz under load. Something is up but I'm a noob to haswell overclocking. I'm thinking you aren't getting good contact. HWC's review shows the 4770k idle at 40 with the stock cooler.
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Old September 27, 2013, 08:30 AM
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It has to be

A) the voltage is WAY out to lunch and causing the heat (not likely if it wasn't changed from default)
B) that specific CPU is junk (try putting the stock cooler on...if it overheats then RMA the CPU)
C) bad contact from your cooler (honestly its the most likely)
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