72 months ago
So I powered on my new build with the Cooler Master 120V installed for the first time last night. I used Arctice Silver's Ceramique 2 paste (quite a sizeable blob of it right over the center of the CPU), and I wanted the mounting plate to bleed heat off the backplate so I removed the plastic feet that keep the screws in place while you mount the assembly and then retightened those until everything was flush with the CPU/backplate and felt quite solid.
Now, this is cooling an Intel Xeon W3680 processor (socket 1366), 130TDP, non-OC'd at 3.33Ghz, and I'm running it on an EVGA FTW3 motherboard. When I was running it inside the HP z400 Workstation board that I found it in, with the air cooling solution that build had, my BIOS was reading idle temps of about 30-31 C. Now, with my water cooler and the new mobo, I'm getting a BIOS read of about 7 C! I'm thinking that's false, since I've heard that BIOS temp readings are not to be trusted, and moreover it just doesn't seem likely given my past experience with CPU temps.
What does PCPartPicker think?