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Old 02-22-2017, 09:20 PM
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Wildly fluctuating temperatures, particularly at stock settings and a near idle power state, are usually indicative of a contact problem between the cold plate and CPU. Steadier but high idle/load temperatures usually indicate they are not touching fully. Completely bizarre, seemingly random CPU core temps usually means you have too much TIM material and are witnessing the expansion and collapse of air bubbles in the material. I think either way you need to take off the pump block and take a peek. If the TIM never spread, no physical contact. If it is everywhere and spread heavily, even off to the sides of the socket, probably too much.
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