I've had my rig stable for around the past 8 months and thought it time to push it a little to see what is possible. I don't intend to seriously overclock, just experimenting out of curiosity. Normally I try and take good care of my PC's and they tend to last me well. My last system has lasted 9 years and is still going. But my question is this, using Intel XTU to stress test the system I have noticed that I get higher CPU temps when stress testing the memory than when I test the actual CPU. I know from reading various sources that the memory controller is on the CPU, but is this normal? Could it be a sign that my thermal paste is not applied correctly? I've never had a problem applying paste before and have done this many times in the past. At 4.5GHz and 3000MHz RAM my temps are looking pretty good. They generally peaked at 63 degrees C although the Benchmark suggests that it must have momentarily topped out at 67 degrees C. I appreciate your thoughts on the graphs below.
Top graph is CPU stress test and graph below is Memory stress test followed my benchmark result.
Thanks @Nate152 for the reassurance. My favourite games are car racing sims and these only push the temps up to the low 50's on my FrontBase (mid 40's in HWMonitor). I seem to have a discrepancy between what my FrontBase shows and the temp's shown by other software. But I'm not too worried about this as I'd rather my FrontBase be reading high than low.
Another question, my temps jump rather a lot whilst gaming and general use from low 30's to low 50's, and only spike for a very short period. Is this normal? I have my fan profiles set to hold the fans off till 40 degrees and just pump water, then at 50 they start to kick in and by 60 or 70 they will run flat out. The spikes in temperature cause the fans to run unnecessarily in my opinion. Is this normal? I could record the display if required but i think that the same effect is already seen in the CPU stress test where throughout the test the temperatures are jumping from approx 40 to 60. I'd have expected the temperatures to gradually raise and possibly only fluctuate by 5 degrees? Does anyone have an opinion on this?