Temperature conundrum

By childofthetao
Apr 17, 2013
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  1. Hi, I used to run an Athlon X2 240 (!) with the stock cooler, it ran at idle around 35C.

    I recently upgraded to a Phenom X4 965 with the Arctic Freezer Rev 2. My temps are still 35C at idle.

    Is that normal?

  2. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +170

    Sounds normal to me. Aftermarkets coolers are far better than stock coolers which are designed to fit into low profile cases.
  3. childofthetao

    childofthetao TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 151

    I take it the Phenoms are supposed to run hotter then the Athlon X2's?

    Could you (or anyone) recommend the maximum temp that a Phenom 965 should reach (when overclocked) under maximum load?

  4. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +170

    Yeah but you're running it with a better cooler.

    Generally CPUs are designed to run pretty hot, you'll be fine as long as you're not going above 70-80C for extended periods of time.
  5. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +627

    35 idle is fine. As above, once you get over 75W under load, you gotta start looking at solutions.

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