A friend of mine just got a new p3 system from Dell in the mail. After setting up the system he powers it on, a few bios screens flash by and then NOTHING! Turns out the heatsink had come off in shipping so the chip got hot and the built in protection shut it down.
Ok let me back up, in case you don't already know AMD chips do not have thermal protection. If this had been an AMD system the CPU would have baked itself into a keychain.
OK, before everyone turns this into a stupid argument, let me be the one to say that everything concerning this issue has already been said on numerous occasions. We don't need to go through it all agian.
It is not an argument unless you make it one. This really did just happen within the last week. I have long thought AMD should have heat protection but this recent incident shows how it could be important. I'm sure it does no good for an Intel CPU to be run with no heatsink and I'm also sure mobos work better without heatsinks and clips bouncing around on them. This post is intended to be informative and maybe save a CPU or two. Maybe it should be labled "check your heatsink before powering up a new system" but the point is the same.
Nice handle BTW:-) nimble knuckle
<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by lakedude on 02/02/01 08:56 PM.</EM></FONT></P>