Woah that shows my ignorance - I always thought heatsinks transferred the heat up to the fans, which then blew it out.......but it appears that my fan is infact blowing down into the heatsink as you said it should.
As I mentioned in my previous post - I can touch the base of the heatsink for as long as you want at idle (temp reads 49) AND under load for 10 mins (temp reads 62), and at idle it is definitely LOWER than 40C, probably lower than 30C, more like room temperature, under load it's hard to tell because the fan is blowing like crazy - I would guess at lower than 40 again. The side of the CPU enclosure-thingy (technical term) is around the same temperature as the heatsink base even under load.
Maybe the sensors are wrong after all - in the BIOS the temperature is about 5 degrees higher - that is - now it reads 49C in Windows, but if I restart and go straight into the BIOS it says 54, and stays like that, never decreases.
I suppose the next thing would be to get a sensor on the die....
About the BIOS update - if anyone can find one, you've done well! I can't remember the exact channels I have been down to get one, but I tried for a long time, then gave up.
The full details are:
Phoenix Award BIOS v6.00PG
(Award BIOS message - W7046ITH V1.10D) - don't know what this is
System BIOS date - 16/03/05 (or if you are American 03/16/05)
I couldn't get an update from the Phoenix site, and at eSupport you have to pay - or is this normal?
Edited by tomdrayson, 26 April 2006 - 03:42 PM.