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athlon xp cooling question

By heyzeus
Apr 2, 2002
  1. athlon xp question

    if i get say, an athlon xp 1800, will i need additional cooling/fans? (assuming i don't overclock and i have only 1 fan now)
     
  2. svtcobra

    svtcobra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 875

    I you buy the retail boxed version, No. AMD will supply a HSF and you will also get a 3 year warranty.

    If you buy an OEM version (which is a bit cheaper) you'll get no HSF and no warranty.
     
  3. Prelapsarian

    Prelapsarian TS Rookie

    Well, if you go OEM, I think you actually get a 30 day warranty. With retail, you get the fan straight from AMD, so they won't stiff you there. If you go OEM, but get a decent fan, you won't be saving money over getting the retail box... So, unless you're going to go nuts and get a super fan of some kind, just go with the retail box...
     
  4. heyzeus

    heyzeus TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i'm getting an athlon xp + mobo combo most likely.
    should i get one now or wait til summer? i'm a student, so i'll get most of my free time during summer. i won't get THAT much free time between now and then. will there be significant price drops until then?
     
  5. svtcobra

    svtcobra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 875

    well, the new Thoroughbred will be out in the May/June so you may want to wait for it to come out so you can see a big price drop in the XP cpu's. Prices are already good, but they will get much lower when this new technology gets released. Also, if you dont have alot of time to play around with tweaking and setup now you may as well wait a couple months..
     
  6. boeingfixer

    boeingfixer TS Rookie Posts: 1,245

    Re: athlon xp question

    What the others said is absolutely true. One more point, you didn't specify what kinds of fans so I am also assuming you are interested in case fans as well. For the XP (and any Athlon) I would recommend a case with at least one fan up front sucking air in, and at least one fan in the back blowing air out, in addition to the power supply fan. Do not count the power supply or cpu fan. Here is what AMD says.

    AMD thermal paper
     
  7. uncleel

    uncleel TS Rookie Posts: 1,145

    It will generate the same amount of heat as other Athy processors.

    If concerned by HSF's
    AMD Thermal Solutions
    AMD Thermal Solutions
     
  8. SuperCheetah

    SuperCheetah TS Rookie Posts: 868

    I've currently been running the stock heatsink and fan that came with my 1.4 T-bird processor for a little over 4 months and had no problems. Granted I'm yearning to get a better fan, but it does the job well. You should not have to worry about putting a new fan on there unless you get the urge to overclock and lower your temperatures.
     
  9. lokem

    lokem TS Rookie Posts: 773

    Just like what Super said, you don't need another fan than the one supplied with the CPU.

    My friend just bought an Athlon XP 1600+ and he's using the stock HSF. The amazing thing is, the room he's using the comp in is rather hot. Around 30-33c. The CPU temp is around 50-57c but doesn't reach 60c. It's rather safe IMO.
     
  10. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,199

    50-57C? That's very bad. My CPU runs at 41C idle, with a stock HSF that came from the company I got it from, since I got a sysbo-CPU combo.

    If you want your processor to last longer, and more stable, definitely get a good HSF, which usually goes for about 15-25$ I personally have a water cooling block just for the sake of being as cool as humanly possible. :) I would reccomend one, if you have the money.

    Do check out uncle's link if you're planning to get an alternate HSF...
     
  11. boeingfixer

    boeingfixer TS Rookie Posts: 1,245

    I don't know how or where some of you guys are getting your info, my XP runs at about 53c all the time. With a therman take volcano 6 cu+ (7000rpn) fan on it ?? Thats taken for the onboard thermal sensor.
     
     
  12. uncleel

    uncleel TS Rookie Posts: 1,145

     
  13. heyzeus

    heyzeus TS Rookie Topic Starter

    okay. thanks everybody
     
  14. lokem

    lokem TS Rookie Posts: 773

    That's quite ok since the room he's in has practically no moving air whatsoever :D Painful for the processor? Yes. But what to do? His uncle doesn't want to install an air condition unit in there {g}

    Anyway, heard that AXPs can go up to 60+ safely:D
     
  15. boeingfixer

    boeingfixer TS Rookie Posts: 1,245

    Uncleel, yesturday it was me, today its you, your link isn't working right for some reason. Just a heads up. I get my temp from the built in monitor on my board. I also have a probe sitting next to the HSF and its temp is...Ok I think I have this figured out now....My Giga-Byte monitor shows my CPU temp at 53c, but my probe next to the HSF shows 34c, I believe I am seeing a false reading. Wasn't there some todo awhile ago about the locations of some probes on Athlon boards, some temps report higher than others because of their location ??
     
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