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Now, I know this is an old system, but that is the reason I got it. Cheap and accessible, functional. I have two Xeons 5460 that used to get crazy hot the first time I applied thermal paste thermals ... See more...
Now, I know this is an old system, but that is the reason I got it. Cheap and accessible, functional. I have two Xeons 5460 that used to get crazy hot the first time I applied thermal paste thermals subsided since then, even at load hanging around 50-60 degrees on one, and 60-70 on other ( I don't have a real heatsink for this one; got a small copper one that is half the height of the proprietary ) Ram is pretty chill as well, around 65 degrees under load. Here is my problem, though; I ordered 16 gigabytes of ram and filled all 8 slots with 2 gigs sticks. Under load the temps ranged from 65 on the right most module, to up to 90 ( !! ) on the left most. The problem was the chipset was burning to touch! And distance from the chipset heatsink to the first two modules is the width of an index finger. Now I don't know why does chipset get burning hot, and that is what I'd like to know. Is there something in bios i can shutdown to reduce load on the chipset? I took out half of the ram sticks so I'm still in quad channel configuration, but using 8 gigs, and temps dropped drastically. I'm talking 61 degrees on the first ram module from 90. Is my motherboard fautly, something causing 8 stick configuration to increase memory temps? Chipset heatsink is still pretty hot, and it shows, with first module being 5-6 degrees hotter than the last on ( that is still a lot better then before). Was my overheating problem caused by too many ram modules or the configuration messing with the chipset? Would getting a taller chipset heatsink radiate heat better and therefore radiate evenly hence not heating up the memory modules as much? Are there proprietary or aftermarket ram heatspreaders/heatsinks that aren't just a metal plate attached to the buffer chip? Unrelated question; how are Xeon 5460 IHS attached to the die? Is delliding possible? If not, never mind.
Hi. I have a Dell Precision T5400 that I got with 4 gigs of ddr2, ecc ram. I am looking at a option of getting some more ram from my friend who is working in a company with many old pcs. He is asking... See more...
Hi. I have a Dell Precision T5400 that I got with 4 gigs of ddr2, ecc ram. I am looking at a option of getting some more ram from my friend who is working in a company with many old pcs. He is asking if I need ECC or non-ECC ram. Also, this pc will be used for gaming mostly and watching twitch.tv streams. EDIT: Thanks for help. I just noticed the FBDIMMs are the ones with heat spreader, and those get fairly hot in my system. Does T5400 support regular ECC memory? If no, any advice on cooling the RAM? I noticed the ones closer to chipset heatsink are warmer than the others. I unmounted the memory fan, removed the flexbay (mounting the HDDs with bungee cords in the .25'' bay - much, much quieter now), and I'm currently having the memory fan laid right on top of the modules. Seems to be running colder, but I'd also like to maybe put on some aftermarket heat spreaders if that is possible, or maybe get a cooler for existing FBDIMMs that would mount on top of them. That would be all I'm asking, the system is running pretty well as is now, no errors, just updated BIOS and put in a GTX 750 Ti, games running great. Speaking of which, SLI maybe?