Sorry in advance for the lengthy post...
Hello, for my cpu cooling I currently have a Corsair H50 (as an intake) with Artic Silver 5 thermal compound in a Cooler Master Storm Scout case. My processor is an AMD Phenom II x4 955 BE at stock clocks and voltages (ASUS M4A79XTD-EVO motherboard if that helps). The cpu idles at around 38°C. I have tried all of the most common ways of applying the thermal compound (cleaning and purifying each time) and the small dot in the middle works the best. I recently installed an H50 in a friends computer who has the exact same cpu and similar case but his cpu idles at around 10°C lower than mine and I do not know why. The only other thing that I am going to do is install 2 fans in the push/pull configuration but it shouldn't lower the temp all too much. I am also considering lapping the H50 but am hesitant. If you have any ideas as to what the problem is please help me.
Some CPUs have faulty temp sensors, maybe you had bad luck and got one of those. And also the program can read it wrong.
I was wandering if it could be reading it wrong but don't see how it could be that close yet inaccurate. Do you think updating my motherboard bios might help?
A faulty sensor can report the temperature always x degrees higher than it really is. A BIOS update might help but I doubt it.. before updating the BIOS you could e-mail Asus tech support, explain the situation and ask if a CPU temp issue has been addressed in one of the updates.
Or maybe you can test it with your friends CPU (who also has the 955) or RMA yours.
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