huge difference between max & min CPU temp

June 22, 2010 at 23:50:05
Specs: WINDOWS VISTA ULTIMATE, PENTIUM 4 3066 Mhz
Hi,
i've an 4 years old P4 524 machine which is carrying vista ultimate too well. but recently i saw that the CPU is idling around 30C..but while handling heavy loads like games or some sound editing works the temp is surging up to 60C! to my knowledge the difference between max & min temp remains within roughly10C. but here its almost 30C. isn't it abnormal to have that kind of big range? is there any way that i can limit the max temp within 45-50C? i believe my case has sufficient ventilation.

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#1
June 23, 2010 at 05:00:50
"isn't it abnormal to have that kind of big range?"

Don't look for problems that aren't there. Most Prescott owners would love to see those kind of temp readings.

"i believe my case has sufficient ventilation"

Rear exhaust fan + PSU is generally all that's necessary.


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#2
June 23, 2010 at 05:43:57
pentium

Maybe you are thinking of the difference between ambient (room) temp and system temps and the difference between case temps and processor temps.


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#3
June 23, 2010 at 07:44:43
thanks guys for your replies..yes i dont have any problem with the machine. i've seen the prescott idling at even 14C in the coolest winters. and that wasn't ambient/system temperature...its truely the CPU temp.

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#4
June 23, 2010 at 07:49:54
If that is accurate (57F) then that must be one cold room.

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#5
June 23, 2010 at 07:55:32
yes the sys temps might be around 10C..

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#6
June 23, 2010 at 08:11:43
"yes the sys temps might be around 10C"

That's 50F, so that would mean the average room temp would be in the 40's?


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#7
June 23, 2010 at 14:16:10
A 30°C swing between idle and load is common with a P4. It's a little alarming if you're used to an AMD Athlon/XP that only displays 10°C swings.

This is the second post with extremely low Prescott temps and users who live in a refrigerator.

Skip


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#8
June 23, 2010 at 15:14:33
Yea Skip, that is what I was pointing out. Must be uncomfortable using the computer with winter coats on.

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#9
June 23, 2010 at 19:52:24
u guys believe or not what i saw have already told u. yeah it was bloody cold in the room but i didn't measure the temp with a thermometer! CPU fan was running at around 900 rpm.

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#10
June 23, 2010 at 20:34:35
Who said we didn't believe you? Can't you let us wonder why you (or anyone else) would sit around in a 40°F room.

If your P4 idles at 45°C and pops up to 75° at full load, you're still ok.

Build a fire or something in that room...

Skip


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#11
June 23, 2010 at 21:09:58
well thanks to skip for those tips..especially that one of fire
but right now its summer and even i would wonder thinking of those cool nights but not that much like u! anyways thanks once again.

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