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CPU temps are way too high!

Last response: in Systems
December 3, 2006 11:57:05 PM

Computer specs:

Asus P5P800 SE
250 GB HD
3.2 Pent. Prescott HT w/ stock fan
2 case fans running
x800xt pe AGP card-video card
Allied 400 wt. pwr supply
2gig. Kingston RAM

Temps. ranging from 50-53 C on start up, 58-62 C when playing a first person shooter game.

While playing the first person shooter game, I have experience my computer powering down and then restarting.

In my bios, it shows temps. of 65 C for the CPU w/ the speed of the fan at roughly 2000 rpms.

I hope someone can help me solve this because I almost ready to throw this thing out the window :) 

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December 3, 2006 11:59:32 PM

hmm, i would suggest that you get an after market hsf and a tube of AS5, short term though have the fan run 100% all the time, see what happens then and report back. how long has it been doing this?
December 4, 2006 12:12:19 AM

Thank you for your suggestions...

This has been happening for 2-3 months now...the fan speed is roughly running at 2000 rpms and I didn't have any options in the bios to change the speed. I don't know how to up the speed of the cpu fan.
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December 4, 2006 12:28:22 AM

is everything clean no dust build up?

check and make sure.
December 4, 2006 12:32:35 AM

Do what apt403 said. Other than that, my 3.06 Northwood temps aren't that much lower.
December 4, 2006 12:57:52 AM

I have already sprayed all of the dust off.
December 4, 2006 1:02:05 AM

well, an aftermarket hsf and some AS5 is in order, the scythe infinity is a good one, so is the artic cooling freezer 7 pro.
December 4, 2006 1:43:01 AM

Isn't it disturbing though that his CPU fan is only running at 2000 rpm's? Is there anything he can do (ie software wise) to control the fan speed and raise it to something higher? I don't think he has the option to through his BIOS.
December 4, 2006 1:49:32 AM

:(  I also owned a 3.2E , the one i had ran the same temps and would restart! I put water cooling on the thing and went through all the drivers/bios .... but it would always RESTART
December 4, 2006 2:16:00 AM

try running memtest, that is a pretty common temp for a prescott core! Though I would suggest an aftermarket hsf as well.


December 4, 2006 4:20:15 AM


Google and download memtest86. You'll need a floppy diskette to run this program as it runs from bootup, but they may be onto something here. Could be something with your memory.
December 4, 2006 6:40:40 PM

I ran the memory test over night and the memory was clean. It passed every test.

What next? or do I just need an aftermarket hsf?
December 4, 2006 7:50:00 PM

Your CPU should throttle first before shutting down due to overheating.

Try ThrottleWatch here:

To see what is happening while you game.

What is the ambient temperature where you are?

Are your BIOS settings correct for this CPU?

Is your HSF seated correctly?

Can you monitor your temps while you game and how?

An after market HSF is a good idea, I use an Arctic Cooling Freezer 7. Idles at 39C.

P4 640 3.2 H/T
Antec Sonata case
Gigabyte GA-8IPE775-G Rev1.1
2 x 80Gig WD HD
6600GT AGP
2Gig Kingmax matched pairs
Antec 380W PSU
December 4, 2006 9:23:06 PM

The thermal limit for the 3.2GHz Prescott is 67.7C (from Intel's website).

Have you tried downloading the Asus Probe utility to monitor your temps (MB, CPU)? You can also set thresholds for audible alerts.

Have you made any recent changes to your machine before this behavior started?

What is the configuration of your fans? One inlet and one exhaust? What are the fan specs (size, airflow)?

You can use a tool such as RivaTuner to monitor your GPU temps.

I suspect that the CPU/GPU is overheating. It could also be a power supply issue but you should rule out overheating first by monitoring the temps.

You can also stress your CPU using Prime95 to check if it is overheating.
December 4, 2006 9:33:00 PM

Shit, my cell phone is going to be ringing off the hook tonight!
December 4, 2006 10:52:44 PM

Would it help in any way if he disabled the "automatic restart" function in XP and pulled an error report?
December 4, 2006 10:54:48 PM