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February 11, 2007 8:14:36 PM

Just setup my new system and I had a hell of a time getting my after market cpu fan/heatsink on my board, then plastic screws/fasteners would go in on one side but not the other and I virtually had to force the damn thing onto the mobo and I was kinda afraid of hurting my cpu. I'am not overclocking but plan on doing so in the next day or so. My cpu temp fluctuates between 29-30 degrees C when sitting idle and after a good hour or so of gaming it's at around 38 degrees C (my mobo temp is also about the same). Do I need to be worried at all and should I overclock? Here is my setup:

*Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775
*ASUS P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP LGA 775 Intel P965 Express
*ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro (cpu fan)
*Kingston HyperX 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) -timing: 4-4-4-12 -voltage: 2.0v -cas latency: 4
*COOLMAX CW-650T EPS12V 650W Aluminum ATX v2.01
*Sapphire ATI x1900xt 512mb video card
*Cooler Master Centurion 5

It sounds like anything over 65 degrees C is cause for worry but just wanted to be 100%

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February 11, 2007 8:28:59 PM

The temps don't sound too high, if your ambient temp is room average.
February 11, 2007 8:39:16 PM

temps look great. After OC My CPU gets around 55C under load.
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February 11, 2007 8:58:28 PM

Guys know if 85 degrees C is too hot for my video card? The fan has started getting loud as heck when I play a game thats a graphics hog. I already ordered a Artic Cooler GPU Fan for it but just wanted to know if thats too hot, should I be keeping an eye on it?
February 11, 2007 9:30:04 PM

The high end radeons do get hot, it's normal (but scares me a bit!). If it goes over 90C you should be concerned.
February 11, 2007 9:42:16 PM

Yeah i'll just have to watch it til my gpu cooler gets here on weds.
February 11, 2007 9:44:44 PM

that is pretty warm, mine gets up to about 75C.

I know that putting an aftermarket HSF will void some warranties, just so you know.
February 11, 2007 9:55:25 PM

Think I can live with that, since if I don't do something it'll overheat and possibly fry. Why deal with the hassle of sending the card into the manufacturer, waiting years to get it repaired. Seems worth it and a benefit after the reviews i've read on the Artic Cooler VGA fan.
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February 11, 2007 9:57:50 PM

That's good for your CPU, actually quite low, no worries at all.
Although it seems high, that is also pretty normal temps for that GPU.
February 11, 2007 11:10:59 PM

ACK! Was just playing a game and the cpu got a touch over 90 degrees C. I better watch it huh?
February 12, 2007 7:40:59 AM

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ACK! Was just playing a game and the cpu got a touch over 90 degrees C. I better watch it huh?


CPU or GPU? If your E6600 is running 90C you are in HOT water!
February 12, 2007 3:27:03 PM

I meant my GPU got over 90 degrees C
February 12, 2007 3:51:23 PM

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I meant my GPU got over 90 degrees C


Whew. Scared me there. Well, that's still pretty toasty. Anything blocking airflow to it? You have a wonderful case with great airflow, so it might be worthwhile checking to see if anything is being blocked.
February 12, 2007 7:28:42 PM

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This review shows the x1900xt running at 90C under load with the stock cooler, so I would say your GPU temps are fine. The drop in temp with an aftermarket GPU cooler was impressive though.

http://www.barrys-rigs-n-reviews.com/reviews/2006/hardw...

http://www.barrys-rigs-n-reviews.com/reviews/2006/hardw...


Damn! That's on the sizzling side to be normal, considering that 100C is the theoretical meltdown limit for most chips. I was seriously considering the X1950XT for my next build, but if I have to put up with temps like that, it might be a good idea to review my options!
February 13, 2007 1:35:34 AM

A cheap after market cooler lowered the load temp to 69C though, at least on that example.
February 13, 2007 8:14:09 AM

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A cheap after market cooler lowered the load temp to 69C though, at least on that example.


I dunno why AMD and Intel even bother making stock HSFs. They are usually useless POS devices.
February 13, 2007 9:28:44 PM

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I dunno why AMD and Intel even bother making stock HSFs. They are usually useless POS devices.


And annoyingly loud - my X1800XT's stock fan outshouted the wife's Hoover 8O
February 13, 2007 9:30:56 PM

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I dunno why AMD and Intel even bother making stock HSFs. They are usually useless POS devices.


And annoyingly loud - my X1800XT's stock fan outshouted the wife's Hoover 8O

I once had a 6600 that sounded like a DC3 on takeoff. I had tons of airflow in that case so I just ripped the GPU fan right off. Worked fine.
February 13, 2007 9:50:17 PM

If I see another CPU temp thread, my head is going to explode.
February 13, 2007 10:24:36 PM

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I dunno why AMD and Intel even bother making stock HSFs. They are usually useless POS devices.


So you can take them and thermal epoxy them onto your old graphics cards... :lol: 
(They overclock a good amount better afterward too....)
February 13, 2007 10:33:30 PM

100 degrees? Who told you that. Nvidia chips dont even bother to throttle until 120 degrees.. (Hmm havent looked for ages, but with the current driver it seems they lowered throttle temp to 110 degrees).

Intel generally throttle around 80 degrees or so, and have a secondary thermal protection around 120 degrees or so.

Only thing special about 100 degrees is its the boiling point of water.

GPU's seem to be designed to run hotter than most CPU's, probably because its cheaper to design a chip that can handle high temperatures, than making an efficient low power chip. Hopefully Nvidia and ATi, will eventually follow AMD/Intels lead and make more and more power efficient low temperature devices.
February 15, 2007 3:35:45 PM

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I dunno why AMD and Intel even bother making stock HSFs. They are usually useless POS devices.


So you can take them and thermal epoxy them onto your old graphics cards... :lol: 
(They overclock a good amount better afterward too....)

Hey, that's a great idea. I've got a drawer full of them here.

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100 degrees? Who told you that. Nvidia chips dont even bother to throttle until 120 degrees.. (Hmm havent looked for ages, but with the current driver it seems they lowered throttle temp to 110 degrees).

Intel generally throttle around 80 degrees or so, and have a secondary thermal protection around 120 degrees or so.

Only thing special about 100 degrees is its the boiling point of water.

GPU's seem to be designed to run hotter than most CPU's, probably because its cheaper to design a chip that can handle high temperatures, than making an efficient low power chip. Hopefully Nvidia and ATi, will eventually follow AMD/Intels lead and make more and more power efficient low temperature devices.


Damn. 120C is hot! Aren't they worried about that amount of heat softening up some of the plastics, like the slot, since the videocard in a tower config is always upside down?
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