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What is a normal temperature for a processor?

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August 31, 2013 5:03:11 PM

Hello all,
Just wondering if my H60 Corsair cooler is doing its job. I have a Pentium 4, 3.6Ghz, Dual Core processor and it runs from 47 degrees Celsius to 65 degrees Celsius. Never above or below those values. Just wondering if that is normal. Thanks!
August 31, 2013 5:07:08 PM

Well to be a smart mouth a normal temperature would be room temperature.

That temperature range is normal.

My A10-5800k overclocked to 4.1ghz will idle at 36 degrees Celsius and heat up to 67 degrees Celcius. It has an integrated GPU so the temps are a bit high.
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August 31, 2013 5:07:55 PM

pentium 4's are little space heaters. they use alot of power, generate alot of heat, and aren't fast. those temps are pretty decent (depending on the load). I would say your cooler is doing it's job.
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August 31, 2013 5:14:08 PM

you should be looking for 10-15c above room temp at idle. The original pentium4's did run quite hot.
August 31, 2013 5:17:06 PM

Many factors depend on the CPU temp besides the CPU. You need to take into consideration the ambient room temp, how many fans the H60 has on it and what speed the H60 fans are running at.

Those temps sound normal considering the Pentium 4 series of CPUs were some of the hottest CPUs ever made. If you only have one fan and are running it on low, you can probably improve those temps, especially the idle temp by adding a second fan. You can also further improve the idle by seeing if it has Speedstep and allowing it to downclock itself.

The original H60 is not a very good liquid cooler, there are many budget air cooler that can get you similar or even better results.

BTW, does your CPU have hyperthreading or two physical cores?
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August 31, 2013 6:16:48 PM

The H60 will do about as well as most mid level air I don't see anything strange there.
August 31, 2013 6:50:14 PM

How did it come to pass that you're using one of those with a P4?
August 31, 2013 7:06:59 PM

Yes, hyperthreading....I shouldn't have used the term "dual core".
August 31, 2013 7:12:36 PM

False_Dmitry_II said:
How did it come to pass that you're using one of those with a P4?

My little heatsink and fan couldn't handle it. It would get upwards of 87 degrees Celsius. Shutdown temp (i think) is like 92 degrees. We don't have air conditioning where I live, and this room has terrible ventilation. I would literally start sweating when I was performing a CPU intensive task! :pfff: 
....I bought a liquid cooler
August 31, 2013 7:23:56 PM

I feel pain for a P4 being in active service. I've sold a couple complete athlon x2 comps for less than $100 on craigslist in the past year.

But yeah, those P4's are from when intel just kept turning up clock speed to get more performance. That's not really out of line from what I would expect.