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    Athlon 2500 Max Temps?

    I should probably know this, seeing as I've been overclocking this processor for a good 6 months now... But I just upped the core voltage to get a bit more stability and my CPU is running at just below 60 under load...

    Should I consider getting more cooling?
    At what temp is 'too high' for an Athlon?

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    Athlon XPs do run very hot, and below under 60 is nothing to worry about. My athlon XP 2000 is 51C idle and 62 load with the stock cooler and it is 100% stable. Athlons can get up to 90 degrees C before damage occurs so 60 is fine. If you are worried then there is no harm in getting better cooling

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    Temp sensors aren't really too reliable, but for reference, on an A7N8X-X, 1.75v @ 2.2Ghz and AS5, it's kept at 60c full load. Cooling is via a TT V12 with 80mm Spire fan (28CFM, 21dBA, 2300RPMs).
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    Most people generally like to keep load temps under 55. The temps that are being reported are from the socket diode, not the chip itself. So figure your chip at 60 is probably running closer to 75 or so. I think it would be a good investment for you to get better cooling.

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    Does it crash? If not don't worry - if it ain't broke, don't fix it. People get too worried over temps, anything below about 90C internal temp (say 70C on sensor to be safe) is fine.

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    Have allways been slightly concerned with my Barton 2500, idle is around 56, load 62.

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    For a more accurate reading take your CPU out and gently bend the diode so it comes into direct contact with your CPU, clearly depends on the motherboard as to whether its even under the socket - but it was the case on my Abit board.

    Also its also advisable to put a fresh layer of artic silver on if your going to remove the heatsink. Will take a while to burn in properly again but should help you.
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    mines been running at similar temps to yours flibb for a while now with no stability issues at all, infact it goes from 45-65!!

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    It doesn't crash at all. I'm only concerned because I hear higher temps reduce the lifespan of the processor, and since it's been running like this for nigh on a year now...

    I'll be getting a new cooler relatively soon. I've got an Akasa budget job, and although it's an improvement on the stock, it's not really amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by russ0r!
    It doesn't crash at all. I'm only concerned because I hear higher temps reduce the lifespan of the processor, and since it's been running like this for nigh on a year now...
    Whether it does or not is yet to be proven (I think, correct me if I'm wrong). But at the end of the day I don't think you're likely to notice a difference as most people upgrade at least every 2 years or so and the lifespan should be around 10.

    As Butcher said, if it's stable and doesn't crash, then you're temps are fine.

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    My 2500+ @ 2Ghz at stock volts (1.65) is about 38-42 idle(ish) and 48-52 under load on a hot day!

    This is cooled by a aerolite cooler at medium setting, i.e. barely audiable. Remember case fans will have quite an impact on this too. These readings are taken via Asus Probe, and my Mobo will go from 28-34ish (highest ive seen it).

    I am happy with those and i don't think i need to upgrade for sometime!

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    Quote Originally Posted by russ0r!
    It doesn't crash at all. I'm only concerned because I hear higher temps reduce the lifespan of the processor, and since it's been running like this for nigh on a year now...
    As Allen says - lifespan of CPUs is measured in decades not months. Shortening the lifespan by a few years isn't going to matter because you'll have thrown it away years before it dies anyway. Save your money and go down the pub, it'll be more useful.

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