P4 3.06GHz Over Heating?

May 9, 2011 at 17:00:57
Specs: Windows XP, 3.06/2GB
Dear All,
I m using P4 3.06Ghz
with normal intel provided heat sink and fan
from few days system started to poweroff automatically
the time between the power of reduced and become few secounds
so when i consulted few friends, they said check the heat sink,
its fit properly, they said about thermal paste(heat sink compound)
i bought and applyed for that. now it was stable for a day
then repeated same, then i applaid littel more paste.. now its working

at the time of early morning 5am
but the temparature of my processor is 93
and remote temp 43
cabinet temp is 44

i think it increase mroe in afternoon
please let me know is this normal or what all the steps i have to take care to save my CPU

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May 9, 2011 at 17:42:35
Find your CPU type on this list, then read the application instructions:


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May 10, 2011 at 06:42:40
not much helpfull about ur link
but i found solution, i dont know its right or wrong...

i felt fan dint locked properly.. so pushed more force made it fit..
so no sound coming from cpu. temp is at 70 now

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May 10, 2011 at 07:58:00
"not much helpfull about ur link"

Why not? All you needed to do is select the correct CPU from the list, then read how to apply the thermal paste. You have a single core P4 so the proper method is the "middle dot". That means all you should have done was put a tiny dab of paste in the center of the CPU, then lock the heatsink in place. If you spread the paste around like putting frosting on a cake, you did it wrong. And of course, the heatsink MUST be properly secured.

Below are the Middle Dot instructions. If it's not the way you did it, I suggest you take off the heatsink again & do it right.


"temp is at 70 now"

70 Celsius? That's WAY too high. Your CPU should be in the 30's to low 40's at idle, 50's-60's under full load.

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May 11, 2011 at 13:46:29
I'd guess the application of the thermal paste wasn't done correctly. Read the instructions and follow them precisely. Also double check that the CPU fan is working.

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May 11, 2011 at 17:38:29
guys please let me know, at whats then working and idel temparature..
i m confused i tried max and make it work happyly
but afraid of your words that, it should 30-40 in idel and max 60 while working
i seen in intel website says.. 70 range is ok

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May 11, 2011 at 19:58:45
Lower is better for the life of the product. While it is fine for the CPU to run hotter if you are running intensive programs and games, when you remove the load (idle), it should begin cooling off again and a lower starting point is better. The P4 is known as a hot running CPU and with your CPU/Heatsink combination, you may never settle into the low 30's at idle, it is smartest to at least try for a lower starting point.
Overclockers know that by overclocking and overvolting (to achieve higher stable overclocks), they are balancing higher performance against a shortened life span. That is why better performing aftermarket heatsinks are popular because they can remove more heat, therefore managing the additional heat produced. Links like the ones supplied above were put together after many hours of experimentation and in depth knowledge of how these CPU's are constructed.
In your case, just making sure that the heatsink you have is performing to its maximum efficiency is probably all you need, and the proper application of thermal compound, should be enough to get you that efficiency.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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May 18, 2011 at 18:45:19
i have read all instructions given in the pdf and followed it
but still it showing temparatur of 70...

even when i checked in intel webiste(i got link from google) they mentioned this
i m not understanding things, you people saying stories, be stright and simple
Processor Core Frequency (GHz) : 3.06 Processor Package Maximum Case Temperature (oC) : 69 Maximum Recommended Fan Inlet Temperature
(oC) : 38 Processor Thermal Design Power (W) : 81.8

wats the temparature runs on 3.06ghz p4 processor

above some user said it should run at 30+ but wen i search internet, nobody said its 30+ and dint got right answer too..

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May 19, 2011 at 19:31:17
AS STATED ABOVE, your idle should be in the 30's C or the LOW 40's C and under load it should be in the 50's C or the low 60's C. Under extreme usage OR if you are in a hot climate without A/C then the 70's C is acceptable, but you should try to avoid anything higher for extended periods of time. For the best usage you should not accept the maximum temperatures as normal, but something you should try very hard to avoid.
I had a P4 660 a few years ago running overclocked that would run 38C idle and 48C normal load on the stock heat sink and never reached temps above 58C no matter what I threw at it.
If you ask for advice, PLEASE do not argue about it, especially after you admit that you really do not understand the technical aspects of it. Every CPU is different, every installation is different. If you actually try everything recommended to lower your temperatures and they are still high after carefully following instructions, THEN you can say so and we can help you look for other reasons why you still show higher than normal readings. IF/WHEN this is the case, PLEASE restate what you have tried, exactly all of your components (including case and fans), what your readings are, and the source of those readings (BIOS or program, what program).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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