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    How hot have you got your cpu without it exploding?

    All this talk of processor temperatures got me thinking. A while back one of the CPU fans on my work machine blew, it has twin P3 1 GHZ and i usually kick the ass out of the thing (running fairly beefy engineering software). Obviously i didnt know the fan had gone until the machine rebooted at which point i looked in the BIOS and found that the processor was running at 95 degrees!! Still i stuck a new fan on and it all worked fine and still does to this day.

    So how hot have you got your CPU without it blowing up?

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    I got my XP2500 to 90oC, heatsink but forgot to plug the fan in, almost seemed like a good idea to touch the heatsink as well at the time

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    the old amd 1ghz chip put the borg cube cooler on it with a 60mm delta screamer, overclocked it a little to much and got it to 92c then blue smoke everywhere not to bad though sent it back to where i got it saying it was faulty and they replaced it

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    my old 1.1 used to run at about 65 - 70c most of the time

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    I've seen screen caps of the old Via Hardware Monitor software claiming a temperature of 100C for a Spitfire Duron. Since that's likely to be a socket temp, god knows what the actual processor temp was, and at that point it was still running windows!.

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    I cooked a dead cpu upto 800c... does that count? btw it didnt explode.

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    I was building my new mahcine and i had a soltek mobo in an old case with a duron in the slot with out a heat sink or fan, without realising i plugged in my cold cathodes to test them and for about 5 mins i left it and this duron was smoking alittle.......stupid me.

    Does my mates southbridge catching fire count?
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    Went round a friends house, and there was this fishy smell of burning - rebooted his Athlon 1.4 frying machine, and the BIOS wouldn't display the temp at all...tried to display 3 digits (+100 degrees C).....fixed it all, and the chip was fine for another 4 months till his psu blew and took out the mobo, gfx card, hdd's and modem!

    BTW he's a notorious cheapskate, and the psu cost him £4 from a crappy pc show....surprised it actually lasted as long as it did!
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    Quote Originally Posted by |SilentDeath|
    I cooked a dead cpu upto 800c... does that count? btw it didnt explode.
    He He

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3dcandy
    BTW he's a notorious cheapskate, and the psu cost him £4 from a crappy pc show....surprised it actually lasted as long as it did!
    Nobody comment on this (this means you agent!)

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    anyone remember that toms hardware video where he takes the heatsink of cpus when running quake 2

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    Didn't they do it with the original P4 as a demonstration of its thermal throttling??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flash
    anyone remember that toms hardware video where he takes the heatsink of cpus when running quake 2
    Yep I remember that, the athlon didn't do very well iirc there was smoke

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