Duct Tape Dude wrote:I know this is going against age-old logic, but with today's processors, you honestly don't need to worry about overheating your CPU. Clean out the vents every 6 months or so and you'll be fine. I've never heard of a modern CPU that died to heat during normal use.
Superspy's link is good. Tjmax is typically 95-105C, and your CPU will automatically throttle itself long before that. Your chip has several sensors and billions of dollars of engineering behind it so that you don't have to worry.
JdL wrote:1. Laptops or small form factor PC's. If you notice heat starting to build up excessively, other components could be affected, e.g. GPU, motherboard etc. because they can't handle the heat. In laptops and some other small form factor PC's, the heatsink can often be on a piping system tied to other components, and the entire system will have only a single exhaust.
2. It could be an indicator that your heatsink isn't mounted correctly or may have come loose during shipping / handling.
Duct Tape Dude wrote:...Additionally, GPUs and motherboards can also handle quite a bit of heat, or at least a lot more than whatever a hot CPU would be giving them. I could cite several personal anecdotes from the Core 2 era onwards (8600M anyone?). The most sensitive component of heat these days is really the battery (its long-term lifespan).
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