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Old Sep 8, 2003, 02:34 PM   #1
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Default Heating Problems, Processor is running warmer then I believe it should

Ok, my problem is that I've spent lots of money on cooling products for my case and for some reason its running too hot.

Here are some of the specs on my computer.

AMD Athlon XP 2800+ (Barton)
Giga-Byte GA-7N400P2 Mobo
Corsair XMS TwinX 1024MB PC3200LLPT
ATI Radeon 9700 Pro (Built By ATI)

Now I have a ThermalTake Volcano 10+ for my HS and using Arctic Silver 3 thermal paste, I have 4 case fans 3 blowing out, and one sucking in air, I have the ThermalTake TT-420APD(DUAL FAN) ATX12V + Active PFC Power Supply.

Everything runs nice, theres no stability issues and I'm not overclocking anything, but the cpu temp. is running at 70C and higher and thats freaking me out, these are brand new retail processor and motherboard aswell, anyone have any idea why it would be running so high?

Thanks to everyone that can help.
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Old Sep 8, 2003, 02:38 PM   #2
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Oh just to make sure there is a fan on the ThermalTake Volcano 10+, I only put HS, forgot to add the F. Just in case some of you think there isn't a fan, there is.

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Old Sep 9, 2003, 01:00 AM   #3
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Assuming all fans are actually spinning:

[1] If an intake air filter is used, it could be clogged with dust.

[2] The air flow may be incorrect: Cool air could be traveling though the case without getting first into the general vecinity of the processor, due to cables for example.

[3] The HS fan could be in suck mode instead of push mode (if that applies to that partocular HSF). With most HSF, blowing into the HS is the proper mode. For that matter, any of the case fans could be running in the wrong way, cancelling the effect of another fan running in the proper way (ie, if one of two adjacent exhaut fans is actually doing "intake" duties, the air just coming out had been just entering a moment before, without having had a change to reach hot components inside.)

[4] Your BIOS or a piece of software controlling the fan speeds is malfunctioning or isn't configured properly.

[5] Last but not least, you have an HS to processor interface problem. The HS could be ill mounted, not making a flat contact with the processor, or it does, but the contact is weak because you have contamination in the interface, like a speck of "hard" dust, or a hair or a piece of hair sitting between the processor and HS (or the surface of the HSF isn't flat to beging with - it migh have a bump.) You might have forgotten to use a thermal interface compound, or it's not been applied as it should.

You may be having a number of those problems. On the other hand, everything may be close to normal and all you have is a somehow faulty temperature reading.

Verify every possible causes for the problems and make changes as appropriate. Double check everything. As for the thermal interface problem, the only way to help is to remove the HSF assembly, clean the surfaces, check for flatness and smoothness of the HS in the contact area and reinstall using a good heat transfer compound such as AS-3 or the newer "Céramique" compound, after having read and understood the online instructions. ../K
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Old Sep 9, 2003, 01:18 AM   #4
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flash your bios to make sure that the temp is reading properly.
also make sure that the heatsink doesn't have heaps of dust in it.
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maybe you didnt put the heatsink on well?
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I had a problem with excessive heat myself. I bought all kinds of fans, new heat sink, and tried different variations of airflow (more fans sucking in than out, and visa versa). I was about to give up on the heat problem when i accidently spilled tea down the front of my computer case. after a brief and hectic cleanup, the buttons on the case were toast. I replaced the case with at larger case of signifigant quality, and like magic, the heat problem went away. try the fans, and new HSF combo, but don't neglect the fact that a larger case is better. (I know i prattled, but eventually i got the the point. lol)
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put your finger near the base of the heatsink and see if it really is that hot.
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Old Sep 9, 2003, 05:35 AM   #8
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leave the case open!
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