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Old 05-04-2012, 08:27 PM   #1
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What temp should I stay at..

For a off-the-shelf computer, to be more specific a HP P7-1254, what is a good temp for my CPU to stay at without damaging the computer?

These are my specs:

AMD A6-3620 Quad-Core @ 2.20GHZ (I have pushed it to 3.0GHZ)


1GB DDR5 550 Ti.

Now with 3.0GHZ of clock speed, my CPU temp stays at ~40. I know you never want to go near 60, so is this dangerous? I don't want to go crazy with over-clocking but I was just wondering

Old 05-04-2012, 10:27 PM   #2
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Each processor is different. If you do a google search for the TDP (Thermal Design Power) that will tell you what the maximum heat rating for your CPU is.

In this case a quick google search shows that the TDP for your processor is 65w with a maximum temp of 70.5 degrees...

The cooler the better, but any time you see temps of 65+ degrees I'd start to get worried, you can push it right to the edge if you feel like it, but that's not particularly good for your processor and I'm not sure how AMD handles overheating (they weren't always graceful about it) with their current processors. Also make sure you are checking load temps not just idle temps. If you are idling at 40 then your load temps may very well be around 60, but if your load temps are only at 40 then you've still got plenty of room to play with.
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