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Are my CPU temps OK?

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October 29, 2009 10:12:01 PM

Hi all,
I have a Dell E520 in which I've fitted a Q6700 2.66ghz CPU with stock cooling.

In XP it ran at about 35 degrees, 45 or so when under load. Since upgrading to Windows 7 (64 bit), the normal temperature is around 42 degrees, BUT, CPUID hardware monitor has recorded peaks of 66 degrees or so (somehow, whenever I turn my back).

Are these temperatures OK? I'm planning on fitting a WD Caviar Black HD into the unit which apparantly runs hot, and I'm scared of adding more temperature to the CPU.

Thanks for any help.

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October 29, 2009 10:54:27 PM

Set the power options of Windows 7 to "balanced". That will allow the CPU to throttle down when it is not under full load and as a result, you will get lower temps. It's called Intel SpeedStep.

When you game, you can switch to "High Performance" to make sure you running at full speed.
October 29, 2009 10:59:56 PM

that still doesnt solve the heat problems when he's on load then...


have you checked for large amounts of dust in your case and how is the airflow?
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October 29, 2009 11:13:21 PM

Read the Temperature guide at the top of the overclocking section. There are too many variables to say for sure your temps are a problem, based on the info you provided. Give that a good read then come back with your results.
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