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February 20, 2012 3:00:24 AM

So I'm relatively new to the monitoring of system heat, and I have been heavily monitoring my temperatures. My CPU gets up to about 48 C at its highest and I was worried that was too high. When researching the maximum CPU temperatures under load of my CPU (3960x), I found this thread saying that the maximum is 91 C under load. This seems way to high to be right, doesn't it?

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February 20, 2012 3:12:44 AM

No Those number are right. An overclocked chip will commonly run a lot hotter than 48C under load (91C might be the point where the cpu will throttle itself to prevent damage and is way too hot to run at for any length of time really). My i7-970 is clocked at 4.2 and will get up to 68C. I personally wont let my chip get over 70C as that is getting out of my comfort zone.
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February 20, 2012 3:14:16 AM

So at 48 C I'm doing just fine?
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February 20, 2012 3:59:48 AM

Yes. That is correct. My I7-2600 overclocked to 4.1ghz at 100% load will run at 59 C. 48C at full load is a very good temperature.
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February 20, 2012 4:00:20 AM

ArmoredKingyo said:
So at 48 C I'm doing just fine?


your 43 degrees under max. no your not fine, your fabulous!
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February 20, 2012 4:17:01 AM

91C is too high for the CPU for long periods of time. Average working temps under heavy and full load are in the 60 to 70C range and they are absolutely fine. Although we all like to stay below 70 if possible.
For your rig, 48C is fine but I doubt it's under full load, try the IntelBurn test and keep your eye on the temps to see what is that max you reach.

You can download it from here.
http://downloads.guru3d.com/IntelBurnTest-v2.3-download...

Use HWMontior to keep your eye on the temps or core temp.
Download from here
http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html
http://www.alcpu.com/CoreTemp/

When the rig is idle you should get temps in the range of the ambient temps of the place you are in, plus minus 10C.
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February 20, 2012 4:36:46 AM

alyoshka said:
When the rig is idle you should get temps in the range of the ambient temps of the place you are in, plus minus 10C.

Convenional cooling, air or water, will not cool below ambient air temps.
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February 20, 2012 5:05:12 AM

^ Yup... Stand corrected.
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February 27, 2012 3:08:37 PM

Best answer selected by ArmoredKingyo.
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