Athlon X2 6000+ with 3800+ fan/heatsink

June 16, 2010 at 01:46:47
Specs: Windows 7
Hi all, I recently upgraded my CPU on my aging desktop from an Athlon 64 3800+ single core to an Athlon 64 X2 6000+ so I could get a little more life out of it till I buy a new computer. The CPU runs great and has given me a great improvement in performance. My only concern is my heatsink and fan. I'm currently using my heatsink and fan from my 3800+ on my 6000+ since the one I bought was OEM. Is this safe for my 6000+? Thanks to C&Q my cpu idles at around 30C but on full load can reach temperatures of up to 65C. I'm wondering if I should buy the original heatsink and fan for the 6000+ or an aftermarket cooler, but I'm not sure if I should even bother since I plan on buying a new computer anyway. So my question is, am I fine with the cooler from my single core 3800+ on my dual core 6000+? BTW the 6000+ I have is the 89w version, not 125w.

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June 16, 2010 at 04:30:45
Underload 65c, idle 30c i think the cpu temp is fine. The cooler is doing it's job right.

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June 16, 2010 at 08:59:41
Thanks, I wasn't sure if 65C under load was too high or not

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June 16, 2010 at 09:48:16
65c sounds about right, That CPU has a TDP of around 125watts. (Windsor)

Athlons have always produced excess amounts of heat, something AMD never really addressed except in their mobile processors.

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June 16, 2010 at 11:34:41
I believe the 3800+ was also an 89w, so you should be fine. 65 is a little high, but if it doesn't get any hotter than that it'll be fine.

Did you remember to clean the heatsink and use fresh thermal paste?

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June 16, 2010 at 13:04:34
Yeah I cleaned the old paste off the heatsink and put new Artic Silver on my Athlon 6000+ and spread it around with a plastic bag till it covered the whole CPU.

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