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Confusion with H115i and new motherboard


Gorlash
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Up until last weekend, I was using a Core i7-3820, Gigabyte motherboard, Corsair H110i RGB Pro cooler, and CorsairLink software. Everything worked great, and H110i kept the cpu cores at a contented 30C-40C regardless of load.

 

Last weekend, I upgrade my entire system, for the first time in 8 years!! I now have a Ryzen 7 3700X cpu, Asus X570 motherboard, Corsair H115i RGB Pro XT cooler (details are in my System Specs). I am using iCue V3.37.140 software package, which I don't actually have documentation for (I'm looking at your iCue 3.15 Guide, which doesn't quite match the software). I should note that when I installed the cooler onto the cpu, I used just the pre-installed thermal paste that was on the cooler plate, rather than the Arctic MS-4 that I bought for that purpose. This *may* be the source of my problems??

 

Anyway, the system is generally running well, but I just feel like I don't actually have control over the cooler fans, and the cpu temperature.

 

In the past, I used SpeedFan to monitor all temperatures; its graphing functions were very nice... sadly, it doesn't work with this cpu/motherboard, so I'm having to cobble together a multitude of tools to monitor temperatures. These include AMD Ryzen Master, iCue 3.37, Speccy, and HwMonitor 1.43.0. These tools *mostly* agree on cpu temp, which is running at roughly 40C.

 

Q1: I notice that iCue, under the Graphing tab, shows temperature at 25C, though Ryzen Master says the cpu temp is 40C. My guess is that this is an indication that I don't have good connection between cpu and cooling plate?? So I should go back and put the real cooling paste in?? Or is there some other way to interpret this?

 

Q2: In the meantime, I've been trying to manually push the cooler fan speeds up, but don't seem to be able to do so. In Performance tab, I altered the curve so that it suggests 100% at all temps, from 20C on up, but the fan speeds don't move at all... It is like I'm not controlling them... Is there something else I need to do, to make the temperature curve effective??

 

One thing I noted, is that I have the cooler fan connector attached to the CPU_FAN connector on the motherboard, which is what the Quick Start guide suggested; the mb *also* has an AIO_FAN connector; maybe I should be connected to that instead??

 

I would really appreciate any insights on what is going on here!! Thank you!

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The temp given in icue is normally the coolant temp, and you dont use the aio header, the connector is meant to go on the cpu fan connector. It is only there to tell your mb something is connected, as many will not work without something plugged in there.

 

40c sounds correct, you are not going to get much lower. Your thermal paste is fine.

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The temp given in icue is normally the coolant temp, and you dont use the aio header, the connector is meant to go on the cpu fan connector. It is only there to tell your mb something is connected, as many will not work without something plugged in there.

 

40c sounds correct, you are not going to get much lower. Your thermal paste is fine.

 

huh... that's odd, not what I would expect. I actually care about the cpu temperature, not the coolant temp... does CorsairLink do the same thing? I was using CorsairLink with an H100i, on my previous (Intel) cpu, and the curves that I defined with it, appeared to be responding to actual cpu temperatures... it kept the idle temps down around 30C, and I set the curve to kick the fans up significantly at 40C, and it was *very* effective at keeping it there, even with very demanding games...

 

Later note:

Okay, disregard this thread. Someone else showed me how to easily switch the program to use the cpu temp... that serves me just fine.

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