Hmmmm. I don't realy remember if it had any machine marks, I installed it a while ago, but I'm going to be unlocking my
cpu soon, and I have some Arctic Silver III on the way, so I was just wonderin if anyone who has a Volcano 7 (not 7+) has lapped one, or thinks they need to be lapped. I thought it would be a good time to lap it (if it needs it, or could use it) when I pull it off to get the cpu out. I actually have to remove the PS too, cuz there's no room to access the clip. So it would make sense to get it all done at the same time. And again, that's if I get tthe idea that it needs some lapping. So please reply.....
The thermistor on the Volcano 7 is lame because it is on the outside and only reads the ambient air temperature instead of the core temps. Either snip the end off and connect the 2 wires or modify it so that it is as close to the cpu as possible so that it's getting a more real reading. There are ways to duct fresh air to your HSF so that even though you have high RPMs, you're getting the benefit of fresh air and lower cpu temps.
The only way i would keep the Thermistor would be if i drilled a little off the heatsink and mounted it VERY Close to the CPU core....
But if you dont mind the noise, CUT it, get the better cooling.
Another IDEA would be to run wires to the front of your case and make a fan controll so you can MANUALLY set the speed of the FAN.
BTW where the heck does that avatar come from, I just came back from one of my classes, and I saw a poster with the same picture on it, it was photocopied and in black&white, and had french writing on it so I have no idea what it said. Just curious..