Before I just rush into ripping apart my machine & putting new thermal paste on the CPU heatsinks, I thought I'd try running this past Ask Different.
I have a 'Franken-Mac' Pro 4,1 with the full 5,1 upgrade.
It now has dual 6-core 3.46GHz Xeons - X5690
'Franken-Mac' = Non-stock model. Mac Pro 4,1, upgraded to higher 5,1 spec than was available when new. All Apple, but there was never a 3.46 model originally.
I have no idea what was in it before, as I bought it ready-upgraded.
What worries me is that the 'main' temperatures reported by iStat Menus - which on this machine are the CPU A & B Tdiodes [not that I really know what they are] - are consistently out by about 15°C
Under minimal load, this comes out as approx CPU A at 60°C & CPU B at only 45°C
If I put the machine under load, I've seen that lift to perhaps 75°C & 60°C
The booster fans always run at the roughly same speed as each other, whatever that speed might be, increasing with load of course.
BTW, it's not always exactly 15° but around that value.
I have an older Mac Pro 3,1 which, though iStat measures a different sensor for the 'main' temperature [CPU A & B Heatsink], is always within a degree, right now 35/36°C
I'm not worried about the apparent temperature difference between the two machines, as not the same thing is being measured.
So, my question is...
Does anyone know if this difference between CPU A & B temperatures is normal, or if I need to be looking at the thermal paste etc?
The airflow is clean. I do it regularly anyway & did it just before I posted this question.
I've never stripped a Mac right down to the CPUs before [though I've done dozens of generic PCs over the years] so I wanted to get a second opinion.
A small side question - does anyone know which is A & B, physically? Is A to the front, B to the rear? I know they're labelled on the PCB, but it's not visible until you strip them & I can't find a picture of sufficient clarity.
Solution to the side question - CPU A is to the rear of the machine, so the air hitting it will have already passed over CPU B's heat-sink.