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Amd FX8350 overclocking going well, but have some socket temp problems!

Hi fellow overclockers!

Atm im running my 8350 at 4615.MHz with 1.332 Core Voltage
My noctua nh-d14 is keeping my core temperatures at an ok level 48c when running prime95, but my socket temp is another story 65C ( Yes i know its under the 72c line, but still hot wile running on so low Core voltage )

My rig is

Asus M5A99fx Pro 2.0
FX 8350
HyperX Fury DDR3 1600MHz 16GB Blue (Overclocked to 1866 MHz, stock voltage)
Silver Power SP-S850 850W PSU
XFX Radeon 7970 (Little Overclocked)
Samsung 830 SSD 128GB

My question is, If i drill a 90mm or 120mm hole on the right side of my case (Just at the cpu socket ) and mount a fan so it blow cold air directly on the socket, or pulling hot air from the socket, will this reduce my socket temp enough to be worth it?

Here is a picture of my pc running prime 95 for about 10 mins

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  1. i would use core temp / real temp to doube check the core readings. your mobo has great vrm cooling. you keep core temps < 62c and socket temp <70c and you will be fine.! i wouldnt add additional fans, just increase intake - exsaust fans spin a bit to increase the airflow!
  2. I'd kinda stay away from core temp... it's very glitchy with the 8350 and is known to BSOD a lot with that chip

    From my own experience with OCing the 8350, use http://www.hwinfo.com/

    In my opinion, best and most accurate monitoring program

    Yeah, for that voltage, the socket temp is a little higher than I would've expected.

    What is your fan setup like (how many and what is your intake/exhaust setup)m what case are you using and what are your ambient temps?
  3. blockhead78 said:
    I'd kinda stay away from core temp... it's very glitchy with the 8350 and is known to BSOD a lot with that chip

    From my own experience with OCing the 8350, use http://www.hwinfo.com/

    In my opinion, best and most accurate monitoring program

    Yeah, for that voltage, the socket temp is a little higher than I would've expected.

    What is your fan setup like (how many and what is your intake/exhaust setup)m what case are you using and what are your ambient temps?


    Hi there

    I got two intake fans (noctua 120mm) and two exhaust fans one 120mm and 240mm on top of case, so i got plenty of case ventilation. temps in my house are always 26-28c. on idle my noctua nhd14 keeps the socket at 28c
  4. Best answer
    All of the above 3rd party programs are wrong.
    An Understanding of Temperature on AMD CPUs and APUs
    Does HWMonitor say your CPU/APU temp is 70C when idling but your CPU socket feels cool to the touch? Is Core Temp only reading 10C but it's not possible because your room is 28C? The reason is that these and other 3rd party programs are not interpreting... Read More
  5. I disagree with that statement.

    Hwinfo is the number 1 recommended monitoring tool on overclock.net and a highly regraded tool by overclockers.

    Plus AOD has the exact same issue reporting idle thermal margin as every other program has with reporting amd core temps, ie. When idle, fx chips are widely known to report incorrect low temps due to the calculation used and it's more often correctly reported when under load.

    ie. If hwinfo reports a very low core temp, AOD will report a very high thermal margin. Therefore, they are both reporting the same figures, but in different aspects.

    But back to the question at hand... You seem to have a good airflow setup.

    I've seen other overclockers mount a fan in the way you described and managed to save anywhere from around 6-10c
  6. blockhead78 said:
    I disagree with that statement.

    Hwinfo is the number 1 recommended monitoring tool on overclock.net and a highly regraded tool by overclockers.

    Plus AOD has the exact same issue reporting idle thermal margin as every other program has with reporting amd core temps, ie. When idle, fx chips are widely known to report incorrect low temps due to the calculation used and it's more often correctly reported when under load.

    ie. If hwinfo reports a very low core temp, AOD will report a very high thermal margin. Therefore, they are both reporting the same figures, but in different aspects.

    But back to the question at hand... You seem to have a good airflow setup.

    I've seen other overclockers mount a fan in the way you described and managed to save anywhere from around 6-10c


    The AMD data sheets speak for themselves. The only real temperature is socket temperature, which becoems irrelevent at load.

    You obviously do not understand the TCL scale, or never bothered to learn.

    HWINFO is trying to call it a temperature, when it is not a temperature at all. It is not measured in Fahrenheit, Celcius, or Kelvin. I'm sorry you are misled by the internet parrots.

    Overclock.net you say? Never seen you there.
  7. OK, i'll touch on this one more time, but please lets not get off topic from the OP.

    I totally agree, socket is the only real temperature as it's a thermal sensor.

    I meant that core is measured by a calculation and if a program like hwinfo or any other reported for example an idle 15c, AOD will report the thermal limit less 15c.

    Granted i made a mistake by stating the fx reports incorrect core figures.

    There was absolutely no need to offensive and i'll leave it at that :)
  8. HWINFO is interpreting the TCL data wrong, which makes it useless. Let's leave it at that. If being informed is offensive to you...I don't see how you can ever be helped.
  9. Ok ok, maybe i overreacted.

    Am i looking at this wrong, or is it not the fact that either program is reporting the same thing?

    Purely for example, lets say AOD reports a 40c thermal margin. Based on a 70c operating limit, 30c of the margin is being used, correct?

    If hwinfo was running at the same time, it would read 30c on core. So while admittedly it's not right to say that's a temperature, it's still correctly showing that 30c of the thermal margin has been used.

    That's how I understand it based on the figures i observe and reading the post you linked.

    BlockLike on overclock.net btw
  10. blockhead78 said:
    Ok ok, maybe i overreacted.

    Am i looking at this wrong, or is it not the fact that either program is reporting the same thing?

    Purely for example, lets say AOD reports a 40c thermal margin. Based on a 70c operating limit, 30c of the margin is being used, correct?

    If hwinfo was running at the same time, it would read 30c on core. So while admittedly it's not right to say that's a temperature, it's still correctly showing that 30c of the thermal margin has been used.

    That's how I understand it based on the figures i observe and reading the post you linked.

    BlockLike on overclock.net btw


    You are on the right track now.
  11. ah gotcha!

    Thanks for the clarification ;) *thumbs up*
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