I put together a system with the following specs:
MSI Z97S Krait Edition ATX board (with latest available bios)
OCZ Trion 100 SSD 240GB
Cryorig H7 Cooler
G. Skill Sniper 1866MHz ram
Antec Neo 500W Power Supply
Gigabyte GTX 960 4GB GPU
I have not done any overclocking at all with this CPU, all motherboard bios options are at factory stock, I did notice with my XMP profile turned on that all cores go to 4.4Ghz, so I
I have good case airflow, etc, but it was going into the 80s, an Aida64 FPU test would hit almost 90-99C, and a Realbench test would hit 80-85C.
I've seen several different issued with these chips, so I honestly dont know what should be normal or not, I'm using a better cooler than the stock cooler that came with the chip, everything is seated properly, and I even re-seated the cooler to make sure.
With the XMP profile off I ended up with these results after running the small FFTs in p95 26.6, Realbench was 71-75C, and Aida64 FPU was 83-88C:
Room temp during the testing was about 27C (80F) as I live in Florida, but even testing in the evening when the room temps were between 74-79F the temps were about the same
Gaming seems to range from 65-73C
Intel ETU tests range from 72-75C
The CPU that I have is from an X53 batch made in Vietnam if that makes any difference.
I've done everything I can think of off the top of my head, I've checked my airflow, added the aftermarket CPU cooler, re-seated it twice to make sure it was on good, and run all those tests, made sure my bios was up to date with the latest, etc. Seems like the highest temps come with the P95 26.6 tests, or the Aida64 tests, and the Realbench benchmark test going into the 80s with XMP on, and high 70s (72-75C) with XMP off.
So that leaves me with the question of is that normal for this chip with an aftermarket cooler, or is it possible this chip has bad paste on the IHS and should I consider finding out about an RMA?
Just curious as the last thing I want to end up with is a bad 300$ CPU that isn't working right.
Also wanted to add that I replaced the stock cooler because gaming temps were getting close to 80C and I didn't bother doing full stress tests, because within 20 seconds it was 90C and climbing so temps were high with stock cooler while I was waiting for the H7 to arrive (so I did not use it except for web browsing until I had gotten the H7).
Message was edited by: Billy Gray