Cause of Ivy Bridge high temperature problem and solution

Sometimes big companies like Intel do things in the wrong way when making a  basic product such as the new Intel Ivy Bridge CPUs, users notice that the temperature of their 22nm based CPUs from Intel are higher than expected load temperatures even when using an enthusiast cooling solution they don't get the expected result and that affect the overclocking ability, so there is something wrong inside the CPU chip.

The confirmation was first made in late April by an report,
and recently a Japanese tech portal PC Watch guys managed to remove the IHS of a Core i7-3770K processor to find out that Intel used a Thermal Interface Material (TIM) solution to make contact between the chip and the IHS instead of a direct soling, which is an annoying solution, the Japanese folks cleaned the TIM and put high performance one from OCZ Freeze and Coolaboratory Liquid Pro.

Note:(TIM are thermally conductive materials, which are applied to increase Thermal contact conductance across jointed solid surfaces such as between microprocessors and heatsinks)

The result was impressive, can get at stock clock (3.5 GHz, Auto voltage) with temperatures down by 18% using Coolaboratory TIM, and 4.00 GHz @ 1.2V temperatures by as much as 23% with the same TIM, more details at the temperature tests bellow courtesy of

Of course don't try to do that, it's not that easy to remove the CPU IHS.

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Cause of Ivy Bridge high temperature problem and solution Cause of Ivy Bridge high temperature problem and solution Reviewed by Maherr Live on Sunday, May 13, 2012 Rating: 5