CPU usage is at 3% as I'm typing this, with 94% max frequency. Task manager shows 5.52gb memory usage with 17gb on stand by - out of 32GB.
Oh sorry I I thought I added that bit of info to my first post. Yes I ran the ez flashback to version 2003 but was still getting the 79c idle temp readout in the bios. Also realized Id forgotten to include my OS. Win 7 x64 Pro.
1. the cpu has loose contact with the h100
solution: try re seat the cooler properly (not to go rough on it). you said "THERMAL GREASE" be advised don't mix it with "THERMAL PASTE" . one is for gpu vram & the other is for cpu cooling.
2. the bios update wasn't successful or in the event of a successful message is shown something goes wrong pretty wrong.(i have highly doubt on this as this will happen like 1 out of 1 million event).
solution: try re flashing the bios with different version. try 4403.i was very comfortable with this one.
3. temps are detecting wrongly via messed up controller in windows environment. try to monitor those temps within the bios & post the result.
solution: try switching header. maybe there is something wrong with the header it self.
i would also like to know if you get shutdown or restart in the event of high rise temperature.
if we can see the inside of your pc that would be much helpful to really understand the scenario in a proper manner.
Despite the reported temps, the system is stable. I can easily play a game for 3-5 hrs with no issue, or any sign that the system is over-heating. Its odd because the system is set to auto-shutdown at 90c and according to Core Temp and RealTemps its hit that mark several times.
To your earlier point about a faulty temp monitor, how would I even go about addressing something like that?
I tried uploading pics of the system temps, task manager and Resource manager, but every time I do I get an "invalid file type" error, even though the pics are .png image types.