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October 13, 2011 10:12:14 AM

Hello, what would happen if heatsink fell of the AMD K6-2? would it heat up and start a fire or would it turn off somehow? i know that old systems does not have overheating protection.

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a c 80 à CPUs
October 13, 2011 10:38:29 AM

it would fail, unlikley to start a fire, but I doubt it will work again.
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October 13, 2011 10:49:09 AM

Paulius_J said:
Hello, what would happen if heatsink fell of the AMD K6-2? would it heat up and start a fire or would it turn off somehow? i know that old systems does not have overheating protection.

It would start a fire.
I myself had seen 2000 fires started from bad applications of heatsinks and seen over 1400 burned because of them.The rest of the mates that i had seen also had there faces hideously burned and disfigured due to the fact that the cpu was soo hot that it shot itself like a bullet right off the motherboard and went through their cheeks, jaws etc.

Kidding.In fact nothing would happen but as 13th monkey said it would damage the cpu if you didnt try to fix it and if you didnt use effort to reapply the hsf it would possibly damage your cpu.
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October 13, 2011 10:53:03 AM

If the heatsink where to be removed while the system is running, you would probably release the magic blue smoke.

A fire is unlikely, but the CPU would be rendered non functional.
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October 13, 2011 10:55:06 AM

outlw6669 said:
If the heatsink where to be removed while the system is running, you would probably release the magic blue smoke.

A fire is unlikely, but the CPU would be rendered non functional.

If the cpu didnt have thermal protection most likely you would have a dead cpu on your hands.
October 13, 2011 1:24:49 PM

ghnader hsmithot said:
It would start a fire.
I myself had seen 2000 fires started from bad applications of heatsinks and seen over 1400 burned because of them.The rest of the mates that i had seen also had there faces hideously burned and disfigured due to the fact that the cpu was soo hot that it shot itself like a bullet right off the motherboard and went through their cheeks, jaws etc.


And i almost started believing you, good joke, overclocked cpu without heatsink can actually explode.
Thank you all for your answers. This K6-2 is for a small ftp server, it does not have an overheating protection and it does not have heat sensor, i can't see temperature but heatsink is placed properly with good thermal paste, so i don't know if it's a good idea to use it, but i get a good feeling when making use of such old school components, maybe i should get a gsm fire (smoke) alarm..
a c 131 à CPUs
October 13, 2011 8:03:04 PM

ghnader hsmithot said:
If the cpu didnt have thermal protection most likely you would have a dead cpu on your hands.

The K6 was way before AMD implemented thermal protection.
a c 80 à CPUs
October 13, 2011 8:45:18 PM

enzo matrix said:
The K6 was way before AMD implemented thermal protection.


That was my thought, 0-100C in about 0.5 seconds? something like that, and the the smoke monster is released.
October 13, 2011 8:47:37 PM

It would get hot.

Somewhere in your BIOS you should be able to set the computer to shut down after the temp's gone too high.
a c 80 à CPUs
October 13, 2011 8:58:30 PM

not on a K6, intel did it first, AMD followed later, but after K6
October 14, 2011 12:23:31 PM

That's correct, i couldn't find heat autoshutdown in bios. I wonder if this system would shutdown somehow after burning cpu, because it's server and there is no one to see smoke. Good thing there is just a tiny possibility for something like that to happen.

Now i think it's a good idea to install a web camera in server room and observe it using skype calls.
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