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Thread: Intel stock CPU cooler (non-liquid) running at ~2000 rpm with level 1 BIOS setting

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    Default Intel stock CPU cooler (non-liquid) running at ~2000 rpm with level 1 BIOS setting

    ASRock x79 Extreme 4 mobo, BIOS p1.7 (latest)
    CPU: Intel core i7 3960x
    Cooler: Stock Intel air cooled fan
    OS: Win7 Ultimate 64-bit

    I'm a little surprised to see how fast (and noisy) the Intel stock coolers are with the lowest BIOS fan settings. I'm reading about 2000 RPM at level 1 and 3000 RPM at level 9.

    CPU idle temp is ~32C, so it's definitely not running hot. Target temp was set to 50C.

    I know some of my other friends who are using the Intel Mobos with the same CPU and cooler are reading closer to 600-800 RPM when idle.

    I was wondering if anyone has come across this before and why there is such a big discrepancy in fan speed?

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    Default Re: Intel stock CPU cooler (non-liquid) running at ~2000 rpm with level 1 BIOS setting

    I don't know how the x79 BIOS looks but have you checked the BIOS settings? or using the tuning utility to set target fan speeds/temps? might be a setting you can tweak.
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