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1GHz Athlon always at 48c idle.

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Dec 29, 2000

Not an overclocking issue really, I bought a 1Ghz Athlon Thunderbird recently and ordered a Coolermaster cooler with it (This one: http://www.coolermaster.com/products/cpucooler/fcpga/ch5-5k12.html) which I thought would keep it nice and cool.

Applied the thermal compound (as I do) and powered the thing up, settled at around 48c which seems a little high, so I tidied up everything inside and mounted a second fan on the opposite side of the HS to help pull air through the fins.. no change at all.

I would have expected at least *some* change in cooling, however anything I seem to do just doesn't help which leads me to think it's something to do with the bond between the chip and the cooler, but I've tried reapplying the compound with the same results.

I know 48c isn't fatal, but I would have thought this should be lower? Any advice on this setup (I've looked at all the basic cooling tips)