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How Hot Is Too Hot?


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#1 Andrew

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Posted 20 December 2006 - 06:28 PM

I have an ASUS P5L-MX motherboard and a Intel Celeron D (LGA 775).

Whenever I run a processor or graphics intensive program (like Celestia or Unreal Tournament) the motherboard and CPU heat up, like you would expect.

The motherboard came with a software utility to monitor temperatures and fan speeds. It's set to sound an alarm if any of these exceeds a certain predefined limit (temp too hot or fans too slow). The default max temperature setting for the Motherboard sensor is 113°F , the CPU default max is 105°F. I'm wondering what a safe operating temp for these componants is. I'm not overclocking, so is 110° ok?

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Posted 20 December 2006 - 07:10 PM

110 F is fine but 110 C is a catastrophe.

I go according to the rule "If your computer is stable your temps are fine".
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Posted 23 December 2006 - 05:05 AM

110 F = 43 1/3 C This is a good temp for a processor. The general rule (from my research) is that it shouldn't exceed 50 C (although for a Prescott core it may go a tad bit higher).
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Posted 23 December 2006 - 06:30 PM

What about dual cores? I'm planning to upgrade to a Core 2 Duo (or whatever is the best chip I can afford) sometime in January or February.

I hear that dual cores use less energy and produce less heat that unicores do.

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Posted 23 December 2006 - 08:10 PM

What about dual cores? I'm planning to upgrade to a Core 2 Duo (or whatever is the best chip I can afford) sometime in January or February.

If I remember correctly Intel's spec sheet says the Core 2 Duo becomes unstable at above 61.5C.

I hear that dual cores use less energy and produce less heat that unicores do.

That's a red herring. I don't think that generalizing the power consumptions of dual-cores and comparing it to single-cores can be done. You can compare a specific dual-core to a specific single-core, but trying to get a general comparison would be pointless.
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Posted 25 December 2006 - 10:57 AM

My Core 2 Duo E6600 runs between 35 and 40 C. I have read reports that it won't go over 70 C even if you forget to turn on the fan on your cooler.

Mine booted just fine without the fan, and ran quite well for limited amounts of time (until I found out how to turn the fan on! :thumbsup:

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