What about if you use the Intel® fan instead of the Zalman?
When properly installed, the heatsink should not wiggle or shake if you attempt to move it; the pins should not come up if you try to pull them up.
Please refer to the following links:
Try monitoring the fan speed as well. The fan should be connected to the motherboard’s CPU fan header. You may want to make sure the BIOS is running with default settings and the memory should be not higher than 1066 MHz, 1.5v.
Finally, run the Intel® Processor Diagnostic Tool available in the link below:
I used the intel OEM heat-sink originally, but the processor ran even hotter with that heat-sink. I tried multiple installations with that heat-sink as well and I installed it properly with each try which was about 3 times.
I will check the Bios here in a bit, but the settings should be default. I will let you know when I can take a look.
I have run the diagnostic tool which says everything is "good" but the temperatures are still way too high.
I checked the Bios settings and they are all correct from what I can interpret in regards to the voltages. I am beginning to think it may be a bad processor unless I can find some other culprit.
You may need to actually reset the BIOS to default and verify if your memory is compatible.
If the issue persists, test with another CPU or motherboard if possible.
I have reset the bios and my memory is compatible.
I have also RMA'd my mobo and it was completely replaced and the heat issue still persists with the new one. I do not have and cannot afford a new CPU to test.
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My i7-950 is running hot also. and I have the same mobo too. Whenever I'm playing codmw3 it hits 100° and throttles down.
I cleaned and reapplied thermal compound, cleaned out my case, fans, nothing works.
I have 2 radeon hd7750 graphics cards w/24 gigs of ram.
I ran the diag tool and passed(not sure why when the cores reached 100° during the test)
My computer hasn't shut down yet because of it but play gets so bad that I quit in disgust.
I understand your frustration John. I wish there was a fix for all this, but so far I have yet to receive any information that has lead to a change in my temperatures.