Solved CPU overheating 61 degrees and sutting down contantly

March 2, 2013 at 05:08:10
Specs: Windows 7, 4Gb
My CPU is running at 61 degrees C. The PC keeps restarting. Ive disabled autoshutdown on the BIOS just so i can get online and type this. Its a new motherboard with the CPU and fan already built in for me.


Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
AMD A8-5600K 61 °C
Trinity 32nm Technology
4.00 GB Single-Channel DDR3 @ 804MHz (9-9-10-24)
Generic Non-PnP Monitor (1024x768@1Hz)
Standard VGA Graphics Adapter
Hard Drives
233GB Seagate ST3250620AS ATA Device (SATA) 38 °C
932GB SAMSUNG HD103UJ ATA Device (SATA) 27 °C
Optical Drives
ATAPI iHAS124 B ATA Device
High Definition Audio Device

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March 2, 2013 at 05:15:22
61 C is not overly hot, unless that is the idle temperature with zero CPU usage. Do you perhaps have the shutdown temperature set too low? I don't know what is an unsafe temperature for that CPU, but I'm sure it must be higher than that.

If that is the idle temperature then you have a problem. Recheck the heatsink fixing particularly with regard to correct thermal paste application. That should be OK if it was pre-supplied, but it's possible that something came adrift in transit.

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March 2, 2013 at 06:35:56
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"The PC keeps restarting"

As stated above, 61C isn't overly hot unless it's the idle temperature. And if it is, you're going to have to remove the heatsink, clean off all the thermal paste, apply a fresh dab of paste, then reinstall the heatsink again. Proper paste application is critical. All AMD CPUs/APUs use the 'middle dot' method:

Another possible cause of random reboots is an overloaded power supply. Unfortunately, no PSU is listed in your specs. We need the brand/model/model number, wattage, & amperage specs on the +3.3v, +5v, & +12v rails. If you don't know, open the case & get the info from the label on the side of the PSU.

"Standard VGA Graphics Adapter"

The graphics are AMD Radeon HD 7560D & are built into the A8 CPU. If your hardware list shows "standard VGA graphics", it means you haven't installed the video drivers.

"Generic Non-PnP Monitor (1024x768@1Hz)"

Do you have an old CRT/tube type monitor? If you have a LCD monitor, my guess is the display settings are out of whack.

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March 2, 2013 at 09:29:58
My A8-3870K works just fine at 72°C with all four cores cooking. That said...

riider is correct; your display adapter should read "AMD Radeon HD 7560D". And, like he asked, let us know what you're using for a power supply and monitor. We need exact model numbers here.

ijack wants to know what your shutdown temp in BIOS was set do I.

One other observation...

4.00 GB Single-Channel DDR3 @ 804MHz

Buy another identical RAM chip and get that motherboard into dual channel mode. The performance increase will be dramatic!

Audares Juvo

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March 3, 2013 at 05:55:05
Sounds like the auto shutdown temperature is set wrong (too low). 61°C isn't too hot. As others say, if you're idling at 61°C then it's slightly worrying but not too bad. 61°C would be about right for normal work.
My poor laptop's hit 90°C before.

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March 6, 2013 at 05:49:32
Sorted this issue now. I reapplied thermal paste and its now running in the 40's. Whoever installed the heatsink in the factory has used very little!

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March 6, 2013 at 13:45:45
"Whoever installed the heatsink in the factory has used very little!"

You're only supposed to use a "very little". Just a small dab in the center of the CPU, approx the size of a BB or grain of rice, & it should not be spread around. Just put the dab on the CPU, set the heatsink on top, then lock it down, that's all there is to it. IMO, 40C is still too high. The A8 is a cool running CPU & should idle in the low 30s, possibly high 20s, depending on the average room temp.

The paste should have looked this this:

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