Athlon II X4 640 Core Temperatures

Microsoft Windows xp home edition
March 4, 2012 at 16:44:07
Specs: Windows XP Home, Athlon II X4 640
My CPU idles around 28°C and used to peak anywhere between 45°C to 55°C maximum when I was putting it under a heavy load such as 3D rendering. Recently it's been getting hotter and today it reached 62°C. The only thing that has changed recently is that the fans and intakes may have gotten clogged.

I plan on fitting another case fan in the side of the case, blowing inwards and possibly a 5.25inch drive bay fan blowing in as well.

The CPU has been installed for 14 months, is using the stock heatsink and thermal pad provided and I have not overclocked it at all.

The case is a small midi-tower unit with provision for 3 80mm fans, 1 in the front, 1 in the side and one in the rear.

Is this a case of bad airflow causing a heating issue in a small case, or is there some other underlying problem?

Any suggestions would be very helpful before I invest in either more fans or transplant the hardware into a larger case.

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March 4, 2012 at 16:49:01
Your temps are fine, you do NOT need more fans. Just clean the dust from the case, fans, & heatsink, then leave well enough alone. Don't try to fix what ain't broke!

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March 4, 2012 at 17:44:48
Thanks for the speedy response. I thought the thermal limit on the X4 640 was 71 Celsius and that I was getting rather close for comfort.

I'm currently doing my dissertation and it involves running a lot of heavy duty 3D flow simulations. I'll give the case a good clean and see what happens.

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March 4, 2012 at 23:56:10
riider is correct.
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March 5, 2012 at 16:55:59
Thanks for a second confirmation that it's just me being paranoid.

I checked the CPU heatsink today and it's clogged with dust. When I get a chance I'm going to vacuum it out as well as the fan vents.

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March 9, 2012 at 10:46:03
Having cleaned out my CPU heatsink and the case fans, I can now report that the issue is completely resolved. My idle temperature is now 23C and under a full load whilst gaming, it reached a mere 42C!

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