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Please help. Amd Processor is too hot. please help.

By PCTechie316
May 24, 2005
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  1. I have a brand new amd athlon 3400 processor in my my new computer. The processor came with a retail heatsink and it said i need to use that one or the warrenty would void. So I put the processor on and put the heatsink on and everything went on right. I'm monitoring my computer and the cpu temp is at 63 C when its using 100% load. When it's not its has about 49 - 51 C temp. I ran Prime 95 for about 3 hours and the proccesor stayed at about 63 - 64 C with no errors. But now I installed cpuidel and prime runs at
    59 C. So the processor is stable, it just needs to lower the temp. How can i lower the temp. I was told to remove the heatsink and get a nice one and put arcitc thermal compound on it. I think its just the retail heatsink is so crappy. It even came with a pad insted of paste. What can I do?
  2. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    Why does it need lower temperature if it works fine?

    Because someone told you that the temperature must not exceed 60°C?

    I have an AMD Athlon XP-M running at full load at about 72°C and I'm not complaining ;)
  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    63C is normal for AMDs. Go to their website and they will tell you what the tolerances are.

    Or get a better CPU fan. As long as you're not overclocking, you have nothing to worry about.

    AMDs run hot. I have a 2500+ XP non-overclocked that runs around 44C under normal loads.

    I had a 3200+ XP that I overclocked (until I pushed it too far.) But it typically ran around 65C
  4. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 8,165

    No use running CPUIdle, unless it is an Athlon XP.
    For AMD64, run the Cool'n'Quiet option from the BIOS.

    FYI, I run an AMD64-3000 with stock cooler at 39 C idle, 44-45 under load.
    Cool'n'Quiet is enabled.
    Case is Lian-Li aluminium with 2x80mm fans in, 1x80mm out, plus the 1x120mm out from the powersupply.
    Case-temp 33 C, room temp 27 C.
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