Recently purchased a used QX6800 quad core extreeme 2.93Ghz CPU, fantastic chip, but damn it runs hot! When I run an intensive task that uses close to 100% CPU i'm getting a temperature of 80 degrees celcius, at this time my motherboard starts beeping at me, guess preparing me for a meltdown!
When installing the CPU i followed the instructions for thermal paste and heatsink installation for a quad core cpu on the arctic silver website. My heatsink is a Thermaltake V1, very good LARGE heatsink. I have 2 case fans, 1 blowing cooler outside air into the case onto the heatsink/cpu and one blowing hot air out of the case.
The CPU has a scratch on the side. I'm wondering if this could be the reason why it's running so hot. Picture of CPU with scratch attached.
If the scratch is affecting it, would attempting to fill the scratch with thermal paste work?
Please help me!