Intel Ivy Bridge CPU’s Are Proven To Suffer From Poor TIM Choice

Saturday, May 12th 2012. | Hardware News

Intel Ivy Bridge CPU’s Are Proven To Suffer From Poor TIM Choice

Japanese tech site, Impress PC Watch, has proven what many have suspected: Intel’s Ivy Bridge CPUs suffer high temps due to a poor thermal interface material (TIM) choice. Why Intel decided to use TIM instead of solder is unknown but what was discovered is that by replacing the cheap thermal compound with better alternatives yielded significant temperature drops. They compared the stock TIM with OCZ’s Freeze Extreme and Coollaboratory’s Liquid Pro while using a Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E as the cooler of choice. They then compared all three TIMs at stock 3.5GHz and overclocked at 4.6GHz 1.2v. At stock clocks and stock TIM the I7 3770K hit 61℃ while the OCZ TIM dropped temps to 53℃ and the Liquid Pro TIM dropped temps down to 50℃ that’s a full 8-11℃ lower then the stock TIM Intel used. While overclocked to 4.6GHz the load temps with stock TIM skyrocketed to 84℃, meanwhile the OCZ TIM dropped temps down to 69℃ with the Liquid Pro dropping temps all the way down to 64℃. That means at full load and overclocked simply replacing the TIM used saw temps drop an insane 15-20℃. As it stands replacing the TIM on most enthusiasts CPUs wont be likely due to the simple fact it will void their warranties, however, this does prove that Intel has cheaped out on the thermal interface material. The only reason for this action that comes to mind is to keep Ivy Bridge from cannibalizing Sandy Bridge E sales.

Ivy Bridge TIM Comparison

Verification before had been expected to fall about 4 ~ 5 ℃ repaint of grease is not nearly tell the difference, if you use the Liquid Pro, actually became a big temperature difference between the results take more than the imagination. Whereas had reached to 61 ℃ during operation of the 3.5GHz Core i7-3770K is the standard state, when applied OCZ Freeze Extreme is 53 ℃, when applying Liquid Pro decreased to 50 ℃. When operating 4.6GHz fever has increased due to overclocking, this difference is spread further, when applied OCZ Freeze Extreme is 69 ℃ to 84 ℃ under standard conditions, when applied Liquid Pro is and 64 ℃, the temperature difference between those 15 ~ 20 ℃ occurred.

Impress PC Watch

Related For Intel Ivy Bridge CPU’s Are Proven To Suffer From Poor TIM Choice