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For those of you who have or plan on getting an i7...

Discussion in 'Computing' started by Mo Facta, Apr 6, 2012.

  1. Mo Facta

    Mo Facta Active Member

    Get one of these!


    ::: Zalman, leading the world of Quiet Computing Solutions :::

    As you may or may not know, the i7 runs at a very high idle temperature - 70-80 degrees (C), and higher. It has a max temp of 105 degrees. This is ok but I was finding that it was causing my case to become too hot internally because I have two UAD cards, a fanless graphics card, a Lynx PCI card, and four internal hard drives.

    So I went out and bought that Zalman cooler, along with this (Coolermaster Turbine Master 1.8):

    So I now have three fans along with the Zalman and my case is cool, cool, cool and silent, silent, silent! It's actually way quieter than when I had the stock CPU cooler I got with the i7, even with the extra fan.

    Here's the internal shot:

    Siliencio 550.JPG

    Anyway, the processor now runs at a [relatively] cool 60 degrees and the case is MUCH cooler overall. I was skeptical getting more fans but I'm glad I did because now my hard drives are also much cooler, which gives me a bit more peace of mind.

    I would highly recommend all of this for anyone building their own recording computer.

    Cheers :)
  2. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    Why do you need it that cool now in South Africa? Isn't it almost wintertime? LOL I'm so glad winter is over. I hate the winter. I'll never forget when I went to New Zealand to make a recording. I left the USA on the first day of summer and arrived in Wellington, New Zealand, the first day of winter, 18 hours later.

    You're smart Mo. I really wondered how hot those new processors ran? Yikes! I hope others take your advice?

    Heat Kills.
    Mx. Remy Ann David
  3. Shannon Adkins

    Shannon Adkins Active Member

    Yeah I have an i7 and they do run pretty hot. When I built mine I put 2 Noctua fans in it. It's quiet as a mouse and stays cool too:)
  4. Mo Facta

    Mo Facta Active Member

    Quiet is the word. That was my main concern. I actually found a Deep Cool CPU cooler online for the same price as the Zalman but as soon as I saw the Zalman, I jumped on it because I know they are among the quietest. I actually have another earlier version of that cooler in my other PC that I use for FX Teleport and it's always been whisper quiet.

    The Turbine Master fan is also super quiet so now that I've taken out the stock CPU cooler that came with the i7, it is quieter and cooler than ever. I would say these things are such a must for anyone putting their CPU under strain.

    And Remy, ha ha, yeah, it's almost winter here. We're beginning to feel the chill at night. Although, I'm sure if you come here on a clear day in the middle of winter, you'll wonder where the cold is because we have very mild weather. I've been in DC in the winter and it's FREAKING cold! I've also been there in the summer and it's FREAKING hot! The US is a land of extremes, for sure.

    If we're very unlucky we may get some frost on the grass this year.

    Cheers :)
  5. bouldersound

    bouldersound Real guitars are for old people. Well-Known Member

    I've seen it go from 27 to 0 in 12 hours where I live. It can get below -23 and over 38.
  6. EricIndecisive

    EricIndecisive Active Member

    I'm not sure what my temps are on my 2600k, but I always get an aftermarket cooler / fan. The stock ones are just so tiny! I love this computer though, I would have some weird problems for a little while (sometimes computer would not boot on the first try, USB devices would take a minute or 2 once computer was started before they would function) but once I updated my BIOS it fixed it all, now this comp is flawless!
  7. Mo Facta

    Mo Facta Active Member

    I have been to Boulder and I would agree with you! Then again, I lived in Utah for 10 years so I know first hand the extremes of Western US weather. Coldest I ever felt was night snowboarding at Brighton and the wind chill put us at -15 F. Never been so cold in my life and all I had on was a couple of sweaters and a wind breaker (along with my beanie, gloves, goggles and face shield). Then there was a blizzard and they stopped the lift I was on and I had to sit there while the storm passed. I swear I about froze to death.

    I miss the Rockies.

    Cheers :)
  8. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    Yep, Played a 4th of July concert in Denver with the NORAD band, back in the day.

    Concert cancelled midway through because of snow!
  9. Al_Weeks

    Al_Weeks Active Member

    I never realized processors ran so hot without dying.
  10. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    That is part of the problem with digital equipment overall be it a computer and/or just digital effects processors and that's heat. Heat kills along with Speed of any sort be it digital processing or, amphetamines. Hey... even coffee will do that from McDonald's, LOL, as many people may remember a woman won a rather large lawsuit because she spilled her hot coffee into her lap. But then, who the heck wants a cold cup of coffee unless it's iced coffee?

    Hot fun in the summertime
    Mx. Remy Ann David
  11. Al_Weeks

    Al_Weeks Active Member

    Yeah, she won even though there was a clearly written warning on the cup.
  12. Mo Facta

    Mo Facta Active Member

    My personal favorite is the story of the burglar who fell onto a coffee table and broke his leg, and then sued the homeowners (whom he was trying to rob) for a big settlement.

    Isn't a capitalistic, liability-based system grand?

    Cheers :)
  13. mberry593

    mberry593 Active Member

    I have an Intel Nehalem Zeon. I use the standard Intel liquid cooling tower. I loaded up a session with dverbs until 7 of the cores were running in the high 90% and the highest core reading I got was 64. Idle is down around 38 degrees.

    Although CPU heat doesn't seem to be a big problem with the tower, the chipset next to the CPU gets smoking hot. I don't have a good way to measure that but it can't be good. It is even hot when the machine is idling. I found a little fan at Radio Shack to move some air through the heat sink. Yes, it was too noisy. I ended up running it on a lower than rated voltage to quiet it down. It still moves enough air to cool the sink.
  14. Ryan Edward

    Ryan Edward Active Member

    When I'm playing Blu-ray's on my i5 I have noticed that the temperature shoots right up.
  15. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    This is all to guarantee the manufacturers future existence. If everything ran cool, it would last nearly freaking forever. They can't have that. They'd go out of business kind of like Delorian Motor Cars. Stainless steel cars built in the 1930s/50s still look fine today. The motors crap out, because they have too many working parts. SDD's crap out because they have a finite amount of read/write they can accommodate. And those are less mechanically intensive to build. So it's all planned obsolescence at its best. That's also why Scully & Ampex are also out of business. My +30/40-year-old machines work as well as they did when they were new. And look what happened to them. It still didn't make anything work well or last along time if you got a degree from an expensive university in business. Besides, when you can get Chinese slave children to build things for a couple of yen to the dollar, pound, euro, why do it anyway else?

    Excuse me, I have to go and put some new shoes on my horse.
    Mx. Remy Ann David
  16. havana

    havana Active Member

    That's pretty high...are you over clocking your cpu???

    Anyway, my i7 950 3.06GHz idles at 30-35 degrees.
  17. Mo Facta

    Mo Facta Active Member

    Nope. Read the i7 documentation. That is normal. Don't quite know how you get such low temp figures.

    Cheers :)
  18. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    I have a couple month old Intel I7-3820 Ivy Bridge (22nM topology), and I've never even witnessed it reach 40C even under mild load. At Idle, it's usually around 32C

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