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Fan needed in Processor Upgrade?

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September 25, 2010 5:05:02 PM

I have a compaq desktop PC with a The M2N68-LA (Ivy8) motherboard and an AMD Athlon LE-1640 processor. I have bought a •Athlon 64 X2 to repalce it. Do I need to get a new cooling fan as well or will the ASUS one on the motherboard be adequate?

Thanks in advance for your help!
September 25, 2010 5:16:17 PM

depending on the specs of the cooler it may do .did the cpu you order not come with a cooler ?
you would be best of getting a better cooler as underload your cpu may throttle back and reduce performance
a cool chip will run much better :p 
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September 25, 2010 6:17:32 PM

i did a similar upgrade in a Slim line PC and used the stock HSF. the athlon X2 ran just fine granted it was Athlon x2 4850 TDP 45w
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September 25, 2010 9:14:56 PM

its a tdp issue, if both chips have the same tdp then the same cooler can be used , if not then a better cooler will be needed, if you dont know about tdp, then tell us what model he x2 is
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September 25, 2010 11:17:23 PM

sooo a smpron le 1640 45watt cooler will work on a x2 6400+ 125w cpu once there is some arctic silver 5 between the 2, waw, i learned something new today