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Are these normal idle temperatures for a Core 2 Duo?

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July 28, 2014 8:16:47 PM

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
Freq: (266.57 x 8.0)
VID: 1.3250 v
CPUID: 0x6F6
Tj. Max: 85*C


Actual idle temps are between 63-66*C. Is this normal?


July 28, 2014 8:39:20 PM

That's too high for an idle temperature. I suggest it's time to replace the thermal paste.
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July 28, 2014 8:40:47 PM

Those idle temps are way too high unless the room temperature is 40+ degrees Celsius.
Question 1: what is the room temperature where the computer is?
Question 2: have you checked that the CPU fan is operational/ there is enough airflow through the case
Question 3: have you replaced the thermal paste?
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July 31, 2014 7:31:43 PM

Crushader said:
That's too high for an idle temperature. I suggest it's time to replace the thermal paste.


Thanks for the quick reply Crushader.
I plan on replacing the paste asap...
Any idea what an average idle temp should be for that processor?
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July 31, 2014 7:49:43 PM

Nuckles_56 said:
Those idle temps are way too high unless the room temperature is 40+ degrees Celsius.
Question 1: what is the room temperature where the computer is?
Question 2: have you checked that the CPU fan is operational/ there is enough airflow through the case
Question 3: have you replaced the thermal paste?


Thanks Nuckles.

Answer 1: Room temp was/is about 24-27*C. Warmer than i would like.. and noticeably hotter when my computer is on.
Answer 2: The CPU fan is working and the case is free of dust build-up. It is not the best case with only 1 front and 1 rear fan, none on the side(s).
Answer 3: I have not yet replaced the thermal paste, but intend on doing so asap.

Since my original post i have cranked ALL fans to a constant 100%. This has lowered the CPU idle temp from 66*C to about 48*C. Is that closer to normal or still way too hot for idle? I still intend on replacing the thermal paste asap..

Thanks again for your help guys
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July 31, 2014 8:53:40 PM

iiSilverHawkii said:
Crushader said:
That's too high for an idle temperature. I suggest it's time to replace the thermal paste.


Thanks for the quick reply Crushader.
I plan on replacing the paste asap...
Any idea what an average idle temp should be for that processor?


For an idle temp with stock heatsink, it should roughly be around 35-40C top.
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July 31, 2014 10:23:38 PM

Crushader said:
iiSilverHawkii said:
Crushader said:
That's too high for an idle temperature. I suggest it's time to replace the thermal paste.


Thanks for the quick reply Crushader.
I plan on replacing the paste asap...
Any idea what an average idle temp should be for that processor?


For an idle temp with stock heatsink, it should roughly be around 35-40C top.


So since i maxed out the fan speeds its not that far off considering the room temp is high, correct? Perhaps replacing the paste like you guys have both said and/or maybe a new heatsink/stronger fan might bring it down to a normal temperature? The thermal paste, i am guessing, is probably around 6 years old..
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July 31, 2014 11:04:07 PM

I suspect that new thermal paste will do wonders for the CPU temperatures, especially seeing as people say that you should replace it every three years
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August 5, 2014 3:50:26 PM

Nuckles_56 said:
I suspect that new thermal paste will do wonders for the CPU temperatures, especially seeing as people say that you should replace it every three years


Thanks Nuckles!
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