3 Replies Latest reply on Feb 8, 2018 6:22 PM by Al Hill

    BAD THERMAL SENSOR OR BAD IHS 4970K?

    thisguyiknow

      I recently upgraded one of the Haswell computers in the studio with an i7 4970k -- I was surprised and disappointed with the thermal performance of this batch of cpu's --  I am using a 4U Supermicro Heatsink (I use this on all 12 machines I manage at the studio)

       

      I thought these issues could come down to these factors -

       

      -Bad thermal paste application

       

      -Improper heatsink mounting (not enough contact/pressure)

       

      -Motherboard feeding too much voltage to chip

       

      -Bad thermal sensor in the CPU

       

      -BAD IHS in the CPU --

       

      I feel like I can safely determine that thermal grease and heatsink pressure are fine- though when doing stress testing I am surprised how little the heatsink 'gets warm' [which is why at first I assumed the issue was the transfer of heat from the top of the CPU package to the heatsink  plate] -

       

      Trying to lower voltages in the MOBO Bios caused the machine not to POST

       

      I am asking whether there are known issues with this chip's internal temp sensor or the application of thermal compound between the die and the 'cap' -

       

      I understand this chip is powerful with incredible power density, therefore it will get hot quick - but I am running into 'thermal runaway' when doing stress testing. Any thoughts on these issues --

       

      Thank you in advance