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I am currently using ZALMAN CNPS 9700 to cool down my 3.6G Q6600. However, the core temp easily gets close to 80C.

Are there any efficent coolers that you guys can suggest, I mean they should handle 3.6G Q6600 easily.
 
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I am currently using ZALMAN CNPS 9700 to cool down my 3.6G Q6600. However, the core temp easily gets close to 80C.

Are there any efficent coolers that you guys can suggest, I mean they should handle 3.6G Q6600 easily.
80C ? :eek: Do you mean 80F? If not I would check out your cooler and make sure that it's fully clamped/screwed down. When was the last time you changed your thermal paste?
 
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176F? That can't be correct...
 
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80C ? :eek: Do you mean 80F? If not I would check out your cooler and make sure that it's fully clamped/screwed down. When was the last time you changed your thermal paste?
Eh, 80 C not 80F.

That was really faaaar away. About 2 years ago when I first installed my computer
 
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ASUS PC Probe shows 55 idle and around 69~71 fully loaded.

Everest Ulitmate shows that core1 and core2 exceeds 80C when running occt
 

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The only temp program I trust is real temp. 80C isn't that off the wall though, I've heard of it. What's your ambient temperature? The CNPS9990 is good. I use the Xigmatek Dark Knight, its pretty solid too. You might want to look into ICD7 thermal paste. Its good stuff!
 
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you have to change your thermalpaste now !!

I have the CNPS 9700 NT too and i never get temps like yours even my Q9650 clocked to 3.8ghz in these hot summer days !!
 
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you have to change your thermalpaste now !!

I have the CNPS 9700 NT too and i never get temps like yours even my Q9650 clocked to 3.8ghz in these hot summer days !!
Hope that's gonna work
 

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Get ICD7!! Best stuff out there.
 
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Hope that's gonna work
If that doesn't work you could always get the Thermalright Ultra Xtreme 120 or the Black version since these are 2 of the best ones around.
Other than that great coolers are also the Scythe Mugen 2, CoolerMaster V8, Prolimatech Megahalems and of course the Noctua NH-U12P.
 

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Xig S1283 too, especially if you can find one around $30 shipped...keeps my q6600 @ 3.6/1.4v @ 55C or less on load, lately w/cooler temps I've been below 50C.

:toast:
 
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Now it is IMPRESSIVE!

I removed my 9700, cleaned it and get some thermal grease on it. Guess what? Now it is 35 idle and 46 on load.

Man, I never realize that thermal compond could make such hugh difference!
 
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Yeap they do :)
 

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You had something more wrong than just the reapplication of TIM, for a 30C temperature drop. Eh, whatever. At least it's better now.
 

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You had something more wrong than just the reapplication of TIM, for a 30C temperature drop. Eh, whatever. At least it's better now.
I agree. I think you must have had WAY to much thermal compound on the first time, so you weren't getting good contact.
 
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Maybe I didn't fix the cooler well 1.5 year ago......
 

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I don't think your temps were that out of wack.
 
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I don't think your temps were that out of wack.
yeah, they were.

Once I played L4D for 2 hrs, upon exiting the game, the temp reading was 81C on core1 and 2
 
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xigmaitic dark night
 

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well his temps are fine now that he reset the the cooler. And 80C is damn high for just coming out of a game...
 
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Maybe so, I've never used it.
 
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Xig S1283 too, especially if you can find one around $30 shipped...keeps my q6600 @ 3.6/1.4v @ 55C or less on load, lately w/cooler temps I've been below 50C.

:toast:
+1 on the xiggy or you can get the OCZ Vendetta 2 and change the weak fan to a better flow fan and get same results as xiggy.
 
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Actually the Vendetta 2 outperforms the Xigmatek solution even with the stock fan.
However everything we say is irrelevant since the problem got fixed with the same cooler.
 
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