Now, go forth and, every time you see someone complaining that their own, or anyone else's, processor is running hot take the time to go to either cpu-world or the manufacturer's websites to see what they say the maximum normal operating temperature limit is.
That, or better yet, take advantage of the situation & make some extra cash with cleanup & reapplying thermal paste. Often by the time a computer is 2-5 years old, depending on environment (a dusty home will usually cause dust buildup to occur), especially notebooks that often ran on carpet, these needs a good cleaning to cool not only the CPU, the MB & other components also. Some also has the GPU embedded in the CPU (1st gen Arrandale series i3/5/7 & forward models).
If the owner says the notebook runs hotter than when purchased, that's a telling sign it needs cleaning & repasting, the way that pcpunk has described. The Heatsink grooves are especially important to clean, that's the first place the dust begins to get trapped. If there's a smoker in the home, this can be worse, dust mixed with sticky residue from the environment. The majority of Home users could care less about tech specs, usually only us enthusiasts are into that aspect. The typical Home user just wants their computer to run, just like their car, TV, or anything else used, could care less about details, let alone getting their hands dirty with some work.
pcpunk, catch some good thermal paste on promo, Arctic MX-4 is some really good stuff, one can get a $18 tube often for $6 shipped using promo codes, that we're not allowed to display here. As long as the applicator is sealed good, it's not going bad, has an 8 year warranty, which is a sign of a good brand. One of these tubes can repaste several computers. PC shops charges $200 or more for this service & there's no sure fire way that who is doing the work isn't a trainee working for the owner, learning the ropes themselves. It's mostly profit, minus the salary paid to the employee, they buy (cheaper brand) paste in bulk, or 1000 count boxes of 'soft packs' that ships with many used CPU's.
Go get em!
Edited by cat1092, 07 December 2015 - 03:27 AM.