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Problem: Q9550 & Thermaltake V1


Taikero

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I'm running a Q9550 (C1 stepping) @ 3.00 GHz [400 FSB*7.5 Multi] (2.83 GHz [333 FSB*8.5 Multi] would be stock) using a Thermaltake V1 heatsink. My motherboard is an ASUS Rampage Extreme (Loving this board, BTW).

 

My problem is that I've managed to obtain probably the best load temperatures I can (I've reseated my HSF at least 10 times), yet they're still horrendous. (Yes, I've been using 91% isopropyl alcohol, using a sparing amount of Dynex (Eww, not AS5) thermal compound, and ensuring the HSF is seated very tightly.)

 

For the record, I have adequate ventilation (Front panel & side panel 25 CM fans + 85 MM output fan at rear of case), and my V1's directional airflow is pushing hot air out of the case.

 

Here's what happens when I stress test (Real Temp log below):

 

02:55:35 40 35 40 32

02:55:40 53 48 53 45

02:55:45 55 51 54 46

02:55:50 56 52 56 48

02:55:55 57 53 57 48

02:56:00 57 53 57 50

02:56:05 57 53 58 50

02:56:10 58 54 58 51

02:56:15 58 54 58 52

02:56:20 59 55 59 52

02:56:25 59 55 59 51

02:56:30 59 55 59 52

02:56:35 59 55 60 52

02:56:40 59 55 60 53

02:56:45 60 55 60 53

02:56:50 60 56 60 53

02:56:55 60 56 60 53

02:57:00 60 56 60 53

02:57:05 60 57 61 54

02:57:10 60 57 61 53

02:57:15 60 57 61 54

02:57:20 61 57 61 54

02:57:25 61 57 61 55

02:57:30 60 58 62 55

02:57:35 61 58 62 55

02:57:40 61 58 62 55

02:57:45 61 58 63 55

02:57:50 61 59 62 56

02:57:55 62 58 64 56

02:58:00 62 59 64 56

02:58:05 62 59 64 56

02:58:10 63 60 64 57

02:58:15 63 60 65 58

02:58:20 64 60 65 58

02:58:25 64 60 65 58

02:58:30 63 60 65 59

02:58:35 64 60 66 59

02:58:40 65 60 65 59

02:58:45 64 61 66 60

02:58:50 65 61 67 59

02:58:55 65 62 67 60

02:59:00 65 62 67 60

02:59:05 66 63 67 60

02:59:10 66 63 67 61

02:59:15 67 63 68 61

02:59:20 67 64 68 61

02:59:25 67 64 68 62

02:59:30 67 64 69 62

02:59:35 68 65 69 62

02:59:40 68 66 70 63

02:59:45 68 66 70 64

02:59:50 69 66 71 64

02:59:55 69 67 71 64

03:00:00 70 67 71 65

03:00:05 70 67 72 65

03:00:10 70 67 72 66

03:00:15 71 67 72 66

03:00:20 71 68 73 66

03:00:25 71 68 73 67

03:00:30 72 68 73 67

03:00:35 72 69 74 67

03:00:40 72 69 74 67

03:00:45 72 69 74 68

03:00:50 73 70 74 68

03:00:55 74 70 74 68

03:01:00 74 71 75 69

03:01:05 74 71 75 69

03:01:10 74 71 76 69

03:01:15 75 72 76 70

03:01:20 75 72 76 70

03:01:25 76 72 76 71

03:01:30 76 73 76 71

03:01:35 76 73 77 71

03:01:40 76 73 78 72

03:01:45 77 74 78 72

03:01:50 77 74 78 72

03:01:55 77 74 79 74

03:02:00 78 74 79 74

03:02:05 78 75 79 74

 

As you can see, the temperature climbs slowly, but surely. I'm positive I can run games and whatnot with this setup, but I won't be able to overclock (I'd like to hit 3.8 GHz or more) or do any video encoding (hobby of mine).

 

Should I ditch the V1 and go with a Xigmatek/TRUE/OCZ Vendetta 2? Am I just not seating my HSF properly? (I'm using a flathead screwdriver to secure the fan pins, BTW. The fan isn't going anywhere at all.) Would lapping maybe give me better results? Could my steadily increasing temperatures mean I have air pockets?

 

This has been driving me crazy for almost two weeks now. Any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Edited by Taikero

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I would ditch the V1. I just don't think the V1 has the ability to handle the heat of a quad at 3.00GHz. It has 2 heatpipes which are cut in half and staggered. Definitely try Xigmatek, ZeroTherm or a TRUE. I have a Xigmatek HDT-S1283 on my Q9450 at 3.6GHz. My CPU idles around 42 degrees and peaks around 62 degrees at full load.

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