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Can a CPU be too cold?

I want to go with the X61 for cooling, but hearing that the X41 can beat the H100i, I was thinking my CPU can get sorta cold with an X61 as I don't overclock or use seriously CPU intensive software. Right now, I'm using the H60 and at idle I run 29-30C, and while gaming, I pull 36C at most.

Also, if I do go with the X41, would a push/pull configuration be good? Because on my H60 it actually makes it worse.
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  1. If you have 36C at max load, why you do ever consider a replace? Is working like a charm. I was lucky when I could maintain my old Phenom II under 60º at load with a liquid cooler.
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    Yes, technically it can be too cold.
    However you have no worries in this department. It's an issue faced only by sub-zero overclockers. I believe the cold bug sits around the -80c area.
    With standard cooling, liquid or air, you're still using the natural air to cool the metal on the radiator/heatsink.
    Physics tells us the temperature of 'said metal can never be colder than the air it's being cooled with.

    In other words, if your room is 25c, it wouldn't matter what cooler you had, the processor temp would always start at 25c and go up.
  3. PandaBear270 said:
    If you have 36C at max load, why you do ever consider a replace? Is working like a charm. I was lucky when I could maintain my old Phenom II under 60º at load with a liquid cooler.


    True, I guess I haven't thought about it. I appreciate the help. :)
  4. Anonymous said:
    Yes, technically it can be too cold.
    However you have no worries in this department. It's an issue faced only by sub-zero overclockers. I believe the cold bug sits around the -80c area.
    With standard cooling, liquid or air, you're still using the natural air to cool the metal on the radiator/heatsink.
    Physics tells us the temperature of 'said metal can never be colder than the air it's being cooled with.

    In other words, if your room is 25c, it wouldn't matter what cooler you had, the processor temp would always start at 25c and go up.


    Thanks, that helps a lot. But from what PandaBear said, I'll just stay with my H60 because it seems to be working fine. :)
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