CPU Thermal Management?

Hi all. First of all, I am running a Pentium 4 530 at 3.0Ghz. The temperature at FULL load is about 60-70 degreese CELCIUS. The cooler us a .. Rocketfish Universal CPU Cooler.. (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Rocketfish%26%23153%3B+-+Universal+CPU+Cooler/9462609.p?id=1218108988702&skuId=9462609) I dont know the code so i gave you a loink to it. I plan to upgrade to a Corsaire H50 to overclock. But first, I want to get my temps with this heatsink under control. I think it's the thermal compound... It's not applied very well.. I had to keep taking the cooler off and putting it back on to get it to clip into the board... :D Anyway, please let me know what you think I should do. THANKS!

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Vyger6 years ago
Every time you remove the heat sink you need to at least re spread the compound. The preferred thing would to clean it off and apply a new coat each time. If you get a little bit of something stuck to it, like a piece of sand, it could have a effect so its best to clean it if its removed for any time.
The compound I prefer is called arctic silver, it has always been a good performer and usually is close to the top in most tests.
seandogue Vyger6 years ago
sci4me (author)  seandogue6 years ago
Well, i'll tell ya what, i'm going to re-do the thermal compound.. will the included stuff do until I can get to the store? Anyway.. i'll re-do it and tellya the new temps at FULL load. Wish me luck!
Vyger sci4me6 years ago
sci4me (author)  Vyger6 years ago
Ok, I re-applied my thermal paste, and say a HUUGE diference. My first applymeny (is that a word?) was HORRIBLE. It now runs at 42-about 51 or so degreese CELCIUS FULL LOAD instead of like... 64. :D Thanks for your help.
Vyger sci4me6 years ago
Now get the good stuff and it will help even more.
sci4me (author)  Vyger6 years ago
Sounds good. Thanks for the help.
sci4me (author)  sci4me6 years ago
Ok, just a quick announcement, I bought a corsair H50 liquid cooler. (lclc)
Idle: 33C
Load: 45-48C
iceng seandogue6 years ago
andy707076 years ago
Re applying the thermal compound definitely does help. I always take it off completely with isopropyl alcohol and re-apply it. Don't use too much either, just a little blob in the middle, and let the heatsink spread it out. I usually buy the expensive stuff, like the nano-diamond or arctic cooling mx-4 (not entirely sure what thats got in, but its not silicone or silver). The silver based stuff works well, but is a pain to get off, and the silicone stuff isn't great, but definitely don't use the white ceramic stuff, it dries up within a few months and really doesn't do much.

As for the temperature, 42-51 degrees is pretty much what is expected for an older CPU like the P4. I have an i5-760 overclocked running at 3.1GHz, and it idles at about 28-36.

Also, the heatsink does make a big difference. I used the stock cooler for an AMD athlon II x4 on another build, and I needed a 6000RPM fan (usually running at about 3500 but it needs to be on about 5000 when gaming or watching blu-ray). When I got my i5, I took one look at the pathetic stock cooler and went out and bought an arctic cooling freezer 7 pro, It keeps the temperature at around 30 degrees even when fully overclocked. The fan only runs at a few hundred RPM, and I think I could probably take it off completely.