CPU running hot, but I can't find a reason.

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Ianfitz
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CPU running hot, but I can't find a reason.

Postby Ianfitz » Tue Feb 21, 2012 3:30 am UTC

Hi, I got a Intel 980X a while back and it's worked like a charm until this weekend.

It has recently idled at 40C at around 1% for the past few days. I'm thinking it's the thermal paste dried up, but the water coming out of the pipes (water cooled) seems just about 40C, and the water coming out of the radiator seems room temperature. I'm thinking I've ruled out thermal paste, but I don't know anything else that could be causing this problem.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

EDIT: I think this may be better in hardware, but it was help so I put it here.
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Re: CPU running hot, but I can't find a reason.

Postby PhoenixEnigma » Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:44 am UTC

What voltage and clock speed is your CPU running at when it's at idle? It should be dropping to rather low values for both, it sounds like it might not be.
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Re: CPU running hot, but I can't find a reason.

Postby Ianfitz » Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:24 pm UTC

Currently it is running at 3.2 GHz and 1.15 volts; it used to run at 4.2 and 1.375. It idled at 30C before, but now at 3.2 it idles at 30C too.
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Re: CPU running hot, but I can't find a reason.

Postby userxp » Thu Feb 23, 2012 7:55 pm UTC

Have you considered the possibility that it might not actually be idle? There could be a poorly coded virus or rootkit that is doing things in the background and hiding itself from the system. You could try running a Linux LiveCD (you don't actually need a CD, just UNetbootin and an USB drive).

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Re: CPU running hot, but I can't find a reason.

Postby Ianfitz » Fri Feb 24, 2012 3:02 am UTC

Thanks, I'll give that a check, I'm thinking that's it.
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