Why is the TJMax so much lower on these chips? Intel trying to limit their potential, forcing you to buy the premium parts? You may want to try lapping it, or some different thermal paste. I actually find the less viscous stuff works better with the 212+ (so not IC Diamond).
The TJMax on a i7-980X is 67.9C and on a 1090t its 62C, even a C2Q Q9650 is 71.4C so it looks as though it went up. But I know they all shut down @ around 90C to protect the CPU from thermal meltdown. I was thinking about some thermal paste that is different like some MX-2 or something similar. I also think I need to reapply it in a different way since I filled in the spaces on the heat pipes then put a thin layer down on the CPU. I now know the different methods now since I did some research but it was after i got the computer up and running the second time around so as long as my temps don't go above 70C I think I can wait for that time when I am cleaning out the dust.