Hi all, I have a stock Studio 540, full spec is:
Q8200 @ 2.33GHz, 6GB RAM, ATI Radeon 3450
I have had this computer for a while and had the problem of intermittent loud fan noise, but never checked on it until now. I ran a couple of CPU temp programs and came up with the following:
Core's hover around 60 to 69 degrees celsius
With 1 CNN video running in window temps jump to 77 to 83 degrees celsius
1 Full screen video jumps temps to 88 to 97
and with a few things going on max temps hit 97 to 107.
Should I be concerned about these figures? Can anybody clarify the potential risks of running my computer at these temperatures? And is there a way to address this?
All advice and info welcome, many thanks in advance.
I think BB would. It is not difficult but you will have to be careful removing the heatsink and clean both it and CPU (rubbing alcohol works) well before applying the new TIM. There are plenty of guides how to do it on the net.
Does the fan on the CPU cooler speed up significantly as the temperature of the CPU rises?
Sorry, gotta ask, are you sure that's 107C and not F ? (reason I ask is because Intel CPUs will shut down at 100C....)
Another thing to ask, since every Dell I've come across over the years had NO temperature sensors. So, you could not read the temp of CPU or motherboard component thru software. Have you touched the CPU heat sink, it should be very hot to the touch if it's really 100C (don't worry, it won't hurt that much... ) If it's not really hot, programs aren't reading correctly OR you have a real issue with the thermal paste (but its unlikely to be so bad the heat sink would be cool to the touch.)
I have run 3 different programs: RealTemp 3.6, Speedfan 4.3 and HWMonitorPro (trial).
The fan does speed up considerably when loaded
No offense taken, but it is C not F!
NOW, this interesting, I just checked the heat sink while loaded and the heat sink does NOT seem to be hot to the touch!!! Does this mean that the programs are not getting accurate info?
Even if the CPU is not really getting hot, I still have the problem of the fans (both) kicking way up when computer is loaded. It is really loud (hard to hear the videos) The fan speeds go from 1700 & 1400 rpms to 4600 & 3800 rpms.
NOTE: it Could still be a faulty sensor (really can't fix the sensor) So My fix/workaround for that, we can replace the stock cooler with something we know will keep the CPU cool under ALL conditions. Then we'll just run it a a Fixed RPM that will solve your noise problem. But, try the fix above 1st...
Well, when I went to remove the heat sink/fan, only 2 of the 4 legs were attached to the board and the heat sink wasn't actually touching the processor! In fact 2 of the plastic legs that the screws go through had broken off. I believe that this was an installation problem at the factory (Dell) because the dried paste looked like it was pulled apart before it originally dried.
I installed a new heat sink/fan/paste and my temps are now about 46 @ idle and 49-56 loaded with 3 videos going. Before that would have sent it to 107!
Since I have been using this computer daily for a year and a half, I guess I am lucky that it didn't fry. I feel kinda dumb for not checking why the fan was so loud earlier!