Cooling problem NOCTUA NH-D15 + 13700k
2 hours ago, Alex Scr said:
Another thing, when i take off the cooler, the thermal paste patern seems to go on the sides, leaving the middle almost empty. I don't know what is the issue, even with the contact frame (which was supposed to fix this) and i'm verry sure this is the problem causing higher temps (poor contact on the middle where was supposed to be the most) and don't know how to fix it.
This are my temps in core temp after a 10 min cinebench r23 test. Anyway, in this test i get @30293 points with fans at 100% and i see the CPU drawing up to 241 W.
As for gaming, the most i've seen was a spike to 87 degrees in fifa 23, in rest 50-75C depends on game or scene.
I ran the Cinebench R23 benchmark myself, it seems that I exceed the 90C threshold, but the maximum which I record is 95C. I took this picture at the 9:50 mark (after I finished a previous 10min loop). Also, I record a maximum of 244W, so the consumption is the same. What is not the same is the score: after 10 min I get 15872, which is nowhere near your double score. I'll give this to Intel: they created some powerful CPUs with these latest models. My CPU didn't throttle, since I maxed out at 95C on the 4th and 6th core core.
This is the difference in temperatures since we are using the same cooler: the bent/convex IHS on your CPU. This is why there is no paste in the middle if you take off the cooler, because the pressure is not even on the surface: when you screw in the cooler, the pressure is the biggest on the center where the bump resides (thus spilling the paste on the sides), and it gets weaker on the sides, where you see more paste. I reckon that the frame is not very efficient at mitigating this flaw. If something, don't screw in too hard the cooler in order not to apply too much pressure on the center.
You know what? Don't do anything. If you are willing to give another try, apply again the paste and let the screws a little bit looser (don't screw in too hard). Since you get this max temp only while running the stress tests, and since your CPU throttles only in this scenario, you will be fine in any other scenario which doesn't fully utilize all the cores (100%). For gaming, if this is what you seek, you will be perfectly fine. I reckon that the maximum of 87C in gaming is on the core which gets to 100C in Cinebench, and 87 might be the maximum, which is perfectly fine in the long run (even if it maxes out at 90). And if it doesn't throttle at 100C, you won't incur any performance loss.
Trust me, I have been using this CPU since 2020 only on gaming and I've never had any problem with it: either performance loss/drops or too high temperatures. Enjoy the CPU and forget about the temps.
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