Athlon 2400+ CPU Temp

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November 14, 2007 at 11:12:23
Specs: XP, Athlon 2400+ / 512 MB

I installed a used Athlon 2400+ into a new motherboard in a used eMachines case and everything is running fine but the BIOS and Speedfan report the CPU temp as 59-61 degrees celsius. Is this too warm for this CPU? I put Arctic Silver on the die/heatsink and the temp only dropped a couple of degrees


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November 14, 2007 at 11:49:41

A: Temp I would expect around 40-45

B: Did you clean off the old thermal paste before applying (amount = small rice grain size) Artic Silver. Too much is not good!

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November 14, 2007 at 12:00:02

actually I didn't clean off the old pad and I did use just a small rice grain size drop so maybe I should do it right and start from scratch by cleaning it all off but I'm not sure how to get the thermal pad off the die. Also one other thing - I have another custom build (Athlon 2500+ Barton) that's about 3 years old and it idles at 60c and I've never had any problems but I thought I better check with someone that knows more than I do to make sure it's not too hot. Some advice I've read says that 60c is ok and others say it's way too warm for Athlons


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November 14, 2007 at 12:37:45

Scrape the old pad off the bottom of the heatsink with the edge of a credit card or something similar, then clean off the residue with alcohol...same goes for the CPU core. Once it's cleaned, do NOT touch the surfaces. Put a dab of Arctic Silver of the CPU core, spread it thinly & evenly, then install the HSF.

60C is definitely too warm, especially if that's the "at idle" temp. As a general rule, the system temp should be no more than 10C higher than room temp & the CPU temp (at idle) should be no more than 10C higher than the system temp. Example: room temp at 20C (68F), system at 30C, CPU at 40C.

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