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  • Watercooling spring clean

    So...I've been suffering a little high CPU temps for the last few days and the PSU fan seems to be ramping up, so decided to investigate it a little further as its been a while since I last changed the coolant and the system BSOD's when I try and run it under prime as temps are redonkulous!


    Idle temps




    Load temps (stopped before it BSOD)





    Upon closer inspection, the coolant seems a little off colour and has seen better days. Spotted a fair bit of dust on the inside too!









    Off the CPU comes and a good wipe with isopropyl so ensure none of the old hydronaught is on there.





    Whilst I was there, I took the CPU block apart and cleaned out the gunk that had built up.







    Gave the GPU a clean and some new thermal paste too!





    Now... I think I might have found a bit part of the problem...











    Nothing a good clean can't sort







    and the difference in colour is huuuuuuuge!











    Ran in to some more problems though, it seems the hydronaught and kryonaught I had on my desk seems to have expired or not work well with my setup as temps were still unreasonable and hitting high 90's under load, look at this idle temps!





    No issues on the GPU though...





    Now, its really warm here today so I expected worse results but here's where I'm at now with some Noctua NT-H1 on the CPU - at idle.

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  • #2
    Is the CPU delidded or not? I'd have hoped to see some lower temps.

    It's mad how your coolant changed colour, though... but that's to be expected using those sorts of coolants.
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    • #3
      Nope, its not de-lided and temps are much better now the ambient temp has dropped and its a cool evening. It was much warmer and humid earlier today.
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      • #4
        yeah, dust bunnies love to live in those rad fins. mine was something like that after the winter. i blame us using the tumble drier at that time of year

        big props and much love for the images dude
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        • #5
          105c on some of the CPU temps. Thats pretty high for a CPU.
          GIVE PEAS A CHANCE

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          • #6
            i would guess it was throttling tbh bud, but it is a guess as i never abused an ivy

            haswell and skylake both throttle before that and shutdown in the 105/115 range
            Last edited by luke22; 25-05-17, 11:29.
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            • #7
              If it got much higher than that, it would BSOD to protect itself.

              I need to take the GPU block apart and check that for gunk too but I'll do that another day.
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              • #8
                If your CPU block was that gunked and restricted, you can bet your GPU block is just as bad. I'd hazard a guess that once you sort that out, you'll see temps that are much more reasonable.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Bing View Post
                  If your CPU block was that gunked and restricted, you can bet your GPU block is just as bad. I'd hazard a guess that once you sort that out, you'll see temps that are much more reasonable.
                  Yes and possibly the pump also will be gunked up too.

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                  • #10
                    I'll buy some more DI water over the weekend so I can clean and rinse everything properly .

                    Doesn't help that its 27C out at the moment either
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                    • #11
                      Wow, i didn't expect the coolant to change colour! It looks like it has a tinge of oil in it so it explains why it does change.

                      Originally posted by Aria
                      On reflection though, as I am taking a bath, listening to "Rain of blessing-vajra chant" while typing on the iPad

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                      • #12
                        I am just surprised that no one has recommended a carbon clean and a remap yet.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by A Ginger Sheep View Post
                          I am just surprised that no one has recommended a carbon clean and a remap yet.
                          Yea it clearly needs a VAG
                          GIVE PEAS A CHANCE

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