Around 5 days ago I noticed my CPU was running cooler so says Core Temp and HWMonitor. Doing the same thing with games and programs the cores of my i7 4930k are running around 8 degrees cooler. At first I thought it was great, but in Core Temp the Tj. Max dropped from 95c to 90c. How is this possible? Isn't the Tj Max built into the hardware? What I've also noticed is the wattage for the CPU is increased by 20-25 watts when doing the same stuff I do everyday. I ran an Intel Test on my CPU and all cores running at 100% the Temp was 66c and the wattage was 126, 3 degrees below the TDP so it seems everything is working fine.
It has been eating at me for 5 days now what could cause such a change after 6 months of normal running. Only suggestion I heard was from tech support saying maybe the cooler a Corsair Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid Cooling System might have not been working correctly since it was installed 6 months ago, but now it is. Would that change the Tj Max? This is the 3rd cooler I've had in this PC, the first 2 starting dying after 6-7 months. So I'm a bit scared it could be happening again. Thanks for any ideas.