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    Average CPU Temps

    Hi, i've been wondering what the average CPU temp is for my CPU. I've got a Q6600 at stock clock with a stock cooler, before i did a case swap on rest it was 50-60 C and on load it would get up to 70 C, now it is about 40-50 rest about max of 60/55 on load.

    I know the max for m CPU is 100C but i just wanna know what is a good temp for this CPU.

    TBH I'm not worried about it now in my new case.

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    Re: Average CPU Temps

    I would consider that temp to be a tad high.
    My Q6600 used to run at 32-30-32-32 and it never got above 60c you may find you have either too much compound or too little or the heat-sink is not attached well.
    I would take the heat sink off and re-apply the compound and see if it helps.

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    Re: Average CPU Temps

    I'd say 70 C is about as hot as you'd want a Q6600 to get for any length of time. A 70 C temp at the sensor at the centre of the CPU package (which is called the "case temperature", I believe) implies a core temperature in the actual silicon of more like about 85 C. I think the maximum temperature the silicon can get to before you risk permanent damage is ~100C, which would be a "case temp" of about 85C.

    So... it sounds like your new chassis was a good idea. I think max 60C@load is absolutely fine for a stock cooler (in disagreement of the guy posting above me). But then again, we are in the middle of winter so maybe Technogeek has got a point.

    FYI, on my Q6600 at 3GHz using huge, non-stock heat-sink: fully loaded I get a "case temp" of 41C, and the individual cores all read at around the ~53C mark.
    Last edited by Fraz; 15-12-2009 at 05:51 PM.

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    Re: Average CPU Temps

    Quote Originally Posted by Technogeek View Post
    I would consider that temp to be a tad high.
    My Q6600 used to run at 32-30-32-32 and it never got above 60c you may find you have either too much compound or too little or the heat-sink is not attached well.
    I would take the heat sink off and re-apply the compound and see if it helps.
    Ah, and also, you are confusing core temperature and "case" temperature. They are quite different. The 32-30-32-32 you are getting (presumably at idle) will be measured in the cores themselves, whereas the temps that the OP is posting are probably coming from the sensor in the centre of the package, between the two silicon dies.

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    Re: Average CPU Temps

    Quote Originally Posted by Indieboi918 View Post
    Hi, i've been wondering what the average CPU temp is for my CPU. I've got a Q6600 at stock clock with a stock cooler, before i did a case swap on rest it was 50-60 C and on load it would get up to 70 C, now it is about 40-50 rest about max of 60/55 on load.

    I know the max for m CPU is 100C but i just wanna know what is a good temp for this CPU.

    TBH I'm not worried about it now in my new case.
    You're using a stock cooler, so it will be a little bit high. When I was using an Arctic Cooler 7 Pro earlier in the year, my idle was mid to late thirties.

    I've now stuck on a GeminII cooler, the weather has become cooler and it's idling at 30 or under (measured using HWMonitor. It's the only tool which works under Windows x64 and also measures GPU).

    Personally I rate the GeminII, even if the mounting mechanism could be better - it provides all over chipset cooling, and a fully populated 975X board always did run slightly hot.

    If you do go with a better cooler, don't go over the top. In my opinion large coolers can actually impede airflow, and certainly are difficult to fit in some cases.

    PK

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    Re: Average CPU Temps

    Thanks for the answers, I tested it again last night and my idle temps were actually about 30-40C not sure about load, i'm using CoreTemp and i can remember getting about 38-35-40-37C temperatures. So I probably shouldn't worry too much about it?

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    Re: Average CPU Temps

    Bog standard I'd say idle would be in the 30's and full load 55-60. Depends on your ambient temp in your room of course. Try re-applying the thermal paste, you hardly need any, it's just there to fill in the microscopic gaps in the heatsink/CPU.

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    Re: Average CPU Temps

    I've got a Q6600 with a stock cooler in a case with fairly limited airflow, and it runs around 40 - 60 degrees depending on load. Nothing to worry about there

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