2 Replies Latest reply on Jan 20, 2015 10:49 AM by kevin_intel

    Is something wrong with my processor?


      Hey guys, I've built a new gaming system recently and these are the specs:


      Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor

      ASRock Z97 EXTREME6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard

      G.Skill Trident X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory

      Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

      Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Tri-X Video Card

      EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply

      Fractal Design Define R5 ATX Mid Tower Case


      However there seem to be something wrong with the temperature as it's pretty high, I'm not sure whether there is something wrong with my processor or not.

      Basically after turning my computer on and let it sit idle for 5 minutes, while monitoring using the tool HWMonitor PRO. The temperature for the CPU frequently

      hits 39°C, occasionally even spikes up to 50°C for a second. This is when I'm doing absolutely nothing and using the Balanced power profile.

      And I've also tested it ingame while running an intense large scale battle, the temperature frequently stays at 79°C. This is using the High Performance power profile

      by the way.

      Is this normal for this processor or is something definitely wrong? I'm all new to system building and this is the first one I've ever built. Should I run other benchmarks

      or stress tests to provide better results, if so which one should I use? And this is for all components as well not just the CPU. I've heard about Prime95 a lot but it seems

      to intentionally run at really high temperatures, is it safe to do so?

      I am really lost at the moment and don't know what to do since everything seems so overwhelming, so I would appreciate any help you guys can provide!

      Best Regards,