I've just installed the cooler in question with the purpose of overclocking the CPU (i5-2500k) to around 4.5GHZ.
However, I wanna find out a few things before doing that.
1. With stock cooler, CPU idled at 29-30. With Noctua, it's 27-28. The difference seems to be rather small. Is that normal? If not, what could be the reason for such a minor decrease? The heatsink has been screwed on very tight so that should not be a problem. Thermal paste seemed to have covered the middle just fine - I used the 4-5mm (tried, anyway) recommended by the Noctua guide.
2. Following that, the case of my PC is Rosewill Thor V2 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811147053
After some thinking, I pointed the cooler towards the top exhaust fan(the cooler fans ARE blowing in the same direction as the top one). Should I reposition it towards the rear one even though it's smaller? Feels like the air blowing out the back is a fair bit stronger due to not being restricted by the fins the way the top one is?
Temps at idle (according to Speedfan v4.44)
Edit: Exotics tab of Speedfan shows cores at:
Core 0: 31C
Core 1: 26C
Core 2: 31C
Core 3: 30C
Would this be the result of unevenly applied compound or is there something else to it?