Bean Bandit wrote:
No i didn't build it for em. We did take the Heat Sink off and cleaned the fins and around the edges of the fan. Plz don't comment about the cpu being old cause this is the system he uses and can't afford anything right now so this is what he's using till he decides otherwise.
We did apply a new coat of thermal paste to it and I have no clue what you mean by mystery tress test. If your not familiar with Final Wire64 or AIDA64 they bought out Everest maybe you've heard of Everest, anyway we used the simple burn in test to stress the cpu and at one point did reach 98C degrees at one point.
So you think the temps are fine with the exception of the stressed temp? Even though he'll never see those kinds of temps really even in game play.
What Chumly is saying about the i7-920 is that it's been around for five years, not that it sucks, so any original thermal paste since time of building would probably have crapified by now. He wasn't putting down your buddies' processor. The i7 x58 platform is still friggin' beast.
We have all heard of Everest, by Lavalys, and that is not the stress-test we're used to around here. The fact is, you didn't mention it in your first post, so don't get snippy when Chumly mentions a "mystery" stress test. We're not psychic.
Especially here in the OC'ing forum we use Prime95 with RealTemp and deal in Celsius.
What is your friends air flow like into his case? Do you know the case he uses in particular
? Are all his fans as intake, exhaust, other? What thermal paste are you using?
Generally, at least on my old Noctua, I could OC my i7-920 to 3.2GHz w/HT on and never pass 80C on stress tests. The temps your stating now do seem particularly high. Have you used CPU-Z to determine whether or not he has a C0/C1 stepping 920? If so, there's part of your explanation.
And, just 'cause it never hurts to ask...your buddy has a fan on his heatsink, right?
Also, check the voltages in the BIOS...it's not overclocked NOW, but your buddy may have tried before.