Posted 19 April 2009 - 12:58 PM
A Pentium 4 1.7 should run fairly cool.
Being a P4 1.7 I imagine the heatsink/fan has been installed & never removed for a while.
My opinion is that the thermal paste between the heatsink & CPU has dried out & lost a lot of it's heat transfer ability.
If the heatsink/fan were removed, the CPU & heatsink cleaned, & fresh thermal pasted applied the temp would probably drop a lot.
The thermal compound that Intel supplies on their heatsinks is garbage.
It dries out & gets hard.
Once that happens the heatsink sticks to the CPU
Unless the heatsink is pretty warm when it's removed it tends to literly rip the CPU out of the socket often resulting in bent CPU pins.
The trick to that is use the unit until it's warmed up real good , shut it off & immediatly remove the heatsink.
I usually run unit with the case already open so the heatsink doesn't have a lot of time to cool off before I remove it.
Being very familure with the process I can usually get a heatsink off before it gets too cool.
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