CPU Thermal Issues

By andy06shake
Mar 25, 2009
  1. My E8500 is approaching 110-120c(Real Temp 3.00) when under load(Playing games), is this acceptable or am i going to fry my board and CPU?
  2. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    are you sure that's Celsius? , and if it is its way too hot. did it just start spiking like that?

    and why isn't your thermal protection kicking in?

    is this a new build, did you just overclock it?, or transport it?. you didn't forget thermal compound did you?
  3. andy06shake

    andy06shake TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 448   +126

    My rig has been running fine for 6 months, i still have the stock intel cooler. I have a freezer pro 7 cooler i can fit. Think it may be needing the fan cleaned/replaced, and some new thermal paste. I dont imagine that the Real Temp reading of 120c has been reached, dont care what Real Temp says. If it did reach these temps wouldent i smell burning? Or the cpu would melt to the mainboard? Thermal Protection is enabled in my Bios. Fan Speed is around 2500rpms
  4. redk

    redk TS Rookie Posts: 91

    Sounds like you need to do two things.
    #1. Remove and clean the heat sink and fan, they're probably full of dust.
    #2. Remove the thermal paste on the HS with high percentage rubbing alcohol, and apply some new thermal paste. I suggest Arctic Silver 5, which should be found for less than $10 a tube.
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