SSHD's Solid State...
09-18-2014 02:23 PM
Diablo 3 Ultimate Evil...
08-29-2014 12:23 PM
PS4 Pre Orders
08-21-2014 10:20 AM
Xbox One Pre-Order
08-18-2014 11:28 AM
5k screen 720p 1080p advanced warefare advanced warfare android app battlefield 4 battlefield hardline beta borderlands 2 bug bundle call of duty chargekey controls dabs deals dell demo destiny diablo 3 discount vouchers disk drive dragon age inquisition fifa14 fifa15 fm2015 football manager free game free trial fut gadgets google keyprop killzone monitor news patch pc-mac pes15 pre-order pre orders ps3 ps4 release date remote review sale search skills smartphone sony sshd steam storage tips titanfall top 10 trailer twitch update video vouchers windows 8 xbox-live xbox-one xbox 360 xbox live xbox one
CPU Maximum Temperatures
Following on from the cooling article we look at the maximum temperatures of CPU's. Even though we use fans and heatsinks CPU temperatures can still raise if they are being used at full power for a long period of time. Using CPU's at high temperatures can lower cause system crashes in the short term and in the long term cause the life of your CPU to be greatly reduced. In extreme cases your CPU could burn out or melt onto the motherboard. This usually happens when a fan breaks down and goes unnoticed. Today's motherboards come with temperature monitoring software and hardware which actually shuts the computer off if the CPU temperature gets too hot. Even these however are not 100% fail proof. The only way to be sure is to check your fans and other cooling equipment regularly and also use CPU thermometers to check your CPU temperature is stable and not raising over time. CPU's have a rated maximum temperature sometimes called a critical temperature. What this boils down to (quick pun :} ) is what the manufacturer states is the maximum temperature the CPU will operate at. This is not to say you want your CPU to operate at this temperature as it will be borderline between working and burning out. Always try to keep at least 20C below this value if you can. Below is a table showing you the critical temperatures for most of the CPU's we use today.
Please be aware that as faster models are released even under the same name the thermal requirements may change. this table is meant for a guide only. Critical temperature is often referred as Critical Case temperature as CPU core temperatures are difficult to report accurately.
Some of the CPU's below have varying critical temperatures depending on the model, these are represented by a range of values in the table below.
Below is an old video from Toms hardware guide, but it still illustrates the importance of the heatsink and fan and shows just how quickly a CPU will fail it it doesn't have the correct cooling setup or if your fan should come loose. This of course is an old video and shows what happened to older CPU, modern CPU's use various techniques to stop this from happening from throttling the processor until it cools, or even switching the CPU off and crashing the system. However even with these steps your CPU can still be damaged unless cooled correctly.
0 members and 30 guests
No Members online
Most users ever online was 599, 07-09-2012 at 09:45 AM.
Oct 09, 2014 - 7:21 PM - by The Panther
Sep 30, 2014 - 11:11 AM - by The Panther