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Intel Core Quad 9550 - How hot is too hot?

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February 25, 2010 5:22:52 AM

I'm using the CPUID Hardware Monitor to check on my CPU temps. This is the first time that I'm monitoring my CPU's temp since this is my first PC I've build.

In the monitor, under the ITE It87, there is a Temperatures and under there, the CPU is listed at a constant 77F while my system is at 98F.

Under Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550, it shows:

0 = 89F
1 = 89F
2 = 109F
3 = 105F

ATI Radeon HD 4770 GPU core at 112f

To me, those are actually high temps and I don't want to worry too much if these are normal temps. So I'm coming here to ask the experts on this. For my video card, CPU, and system, what range of temp should I maintain within and which range of temp should I consider adding more fans/ cooling/ etc?

Note: I did not overclock my CPU.
February 25, 2010 6:05:14 AM

109°F (43°C) is just fine, you may start worrying when its closing to 150°F (70°C)

if you don't overclock your CPU and you installed the cooler correctly, you have nothing to worry about.
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February 25, 2010 6:27:48 AM

fjiekie said:
109°F (43°C) is just fine, you may start worrying when its closing to 150°F (70°C)

if you don't overclock your CPU and you installed the cooler correctly, you have nothing to worry about.


Thanks, it's just that I had a bad experience with a video card and it messed up my system due to overheating long time ago. Now I'm pushing it with two HD 4770 cards on Crossfire. Just got it build today so I hope it doesn't overheat too much on the long run.
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February 25, 2010 8:00:21 AM

Keep your temps under 70C.
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February 25, 2010 4:56:22 PM

that seems warm to me, i got the q9400 overclocked to 3.2GHz and with prime95 i hit 54°C, 4 core average, at 100% cpu running for hours at a time. Idle core average is about 27°C. my room temp is 20-22°C. I do have an aftermarket air cooler, but nothing fancy, just 4 heat pipes running through aluminum fins with a 90mm fan.
If your running stock cooling, maybe you should look into something aftermarket.
Maybe you should look at how your Case is configured and make sure your getting proper air flow from one side to the other.
Congrats on your first build.
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February 25, 2010 4:57:21 PM

(and by 54°C none of my cores are hotter then that.)
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February 25, 2010 4:59:48 PM

OH crap sorry, i didn't see the "°F" disregard what i said. your temps are ok
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February 25, 2010 5:03:29 PM

Those temps are on the cool side.
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February 25, 2010 7:05:20 PM

renbail said:
I'm using the CPUID Hardware Monitor to check on my CPU temps. This is the first time that I'm monitoring my CPU's temp since this is my first PC I've build.

In the monitor, under the ITE It87, there is a Temperatures and under there, the CPU is listed at a constant 77F while my system is at 98F.

Under Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550, it shows:

0 = 89F
1 = 89F
2 = 109F
3 = 105F

ATI Radeon HD 4770 GPU core at 112f

To me, those are actually high temps and I don't want to worry too much if these are normal temps. So I'm coming here to ask the experts on this. For my video card, CPU, and system, what range of temp should I maintain within and which range of temp should I consider adding more fans/ cooling/ etc?

Note: I did not overclock my CPU.

You can run a lot hotter than that .
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March 4, 2010 1:38:37 AM

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