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    Question CPU temps

    Does anyone know of a reference site that lists normal or expected CPU temps (stock and o/c)?

    What's prompted this question? I hear you ask. Well, during its brief period of operation (don't ask), my new rig was recording a CPU temp in the low 30's (celcius) for an Athlon 64 3700+ (stock settings and HSF) under WinXP Pro (as shown by software supplied with Abit motherboard). However, my 'old' system (or current system as I like to call it ) is recording a CPU temp of 59 degrees celcius under WinXP Pro using MBM5. What is this hot-rod powerhouse? Why its an Athlon Thunderbird 1200MHz (stock settings and HSF again).

    Now it could be that this is perfectly normal for such old tech as it seems to run well enough but, what the heck, it doesn't hurt to ask...

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    59 degrees is pretty toastie mate! You'd usually be under 35-40c idle and under 45-50c when your pushing the CPU with the ol' Athlon. I can't say I'm 100% right as it's a while since I had my Thunderbird!

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    The older Thunderbirds did run quite hot indeed and 59 is not unusual at all. Marginally high but managable. The newer chips run at lower voltages and use smaller 'chip technology' so less heat output.

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    Older athlons could take much higher voltages due to the higher size manufacturing processes - 130nm and 1.6v stock. You could often use 2v in overclocking.

    Now at 90nm you'll find 1.4v is stock and ~1.6v is for a higher overclock. I suspect the newer 65nm chips will take even less voltage.

    You can't really compare temperatures, they usually have more to do with the efficiency of the cooler and paste rather than they heat of the chip. 59c is hot though, might be worth looking into - particularily if its an idle temp!

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    You'll generally be fine in terms of damage up to 70 or even 80C. 59C isn't cool by any means though and running borderline all the time isn't a good idea.

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    The mfr's website will give you the temperature data you are looking for. As an aside, I noticed my Athlon shot up to 80C the other day (the system monitor shoowed the CPU running at a constant 100% - an app had crashed into a loop!)
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    My 3700 yesterday was at 44c idle but it has been OC'd a little.

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    Old athalons run @ massive temperature. The one in my spare room... its at 55 degrees now.

    My 3000+ 64 runs @ 21 degrees stock and i think its getting to 40 degrees now that it is clocked up to speeds of 3600+

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Horse
    130nm and 1.6v stock
    it wasnt 130nm til tbred, palomino and thunderbird were 180nm

    you might be able to get the details of it off the amd website if you put in the stepping, see how it compares to a tbred or barton as im sure people can still remember those fairly well

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    due to summer heat my 2500-m is idling at 49'c, i think athlon are safe upto around 60'c not that I will happy running those temps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by themaidenmaniac
    Old athalons run @ massive temperature. The one in my spare room... its at 55 degrees now.

    My 3000+ 64 runs @ 21 degrees stock and i think its getting to 40 degrees now that it is clocked up to speeds of 3600+
    I'm over 21C ambient this time of year.

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