Posted 17 May 2010 - 09:40 AM
Hello all. I'm not terribly computer saavy, but I'll try to explain my situation best I can. Thanks in advance for any assistance/advice you can offer.
I have an ASUS, CG5290 MB, Intel Core i7 CPU 290 (2.67 GHz), 9G RAM.
I have this program called AI Manager, displays information about my system, allows trash removal (temp files, etc.), and has something called AI Probe, which monitors things like fan speed, voltage, and temperature. It's this last area in which I'm kind of confused.
There are four temperature sensors: CPU, MB, SB, and NB. Three of the four temperatures (CPU, MB and SB) run perfectly fine. The northbridge (NB) is what I'm concerned about. the NB runs at about 85-86 degrees Celsius, under normal computer activity (computer up, perhaps running Word, mail's up, IE8, along with my normal bacground programs). This is one degree over that was the threshold of 85 (I've set the threshold to 87, to avoid the constant alarms).
The odd part is when I run a PC game (Sims 3, WoW, for example) - I tab out and check the temperature of the NB and it seems to be running just fine. I also notice when I start running a game that I can easily hear the fan(s) running in my computer - I can really hear them at all under "normal PC operation." I don't know if the fans need to be boosted - they seem to be running okay at 1300 rpm for CPU and 1500 rpm for Chassis. I did play with them in BIOS, but then they ran all the time (even though the NB temp was good) and were loud. Also, I have a corner desk and even though I love it, perhaps it's the culprit by not letting enough airflow to the back of the PC.
Should I be concerned about this? Is 86 Celsius too hot? Is there anything I can do to improve it?