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CSaddict

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I have a 900 Tbird that is not overclocked or unlocked yet. The problem is that this thing runs too hot now as it is. Right as I type this my temp is 57C!!! I have a fan up front, 2 in the back ,plus the power supply fan, and I installed a fan on the side of the case blowing in. I have the heatsink that came with the processor and I used thermal paste. I will try to get an all copper heatsink and some arctic silver and see if that helps, but until them I'm hesitant to try unlocking and clocking this thing. If anyone has some suggestions please write back. And if anyone can link me to a page to show me what to bridge on the cpu to unlock it I would appreciate it, thanks

900 tbird 1.80V
Asus A7PRO
20.5 7200 IBM deskstar
256 Micron pc133
Geforce 2 gts pro 64 DDR
SB live plat 5.1 w/ livedrive
 

galaxy2x4

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I'm glad someone else has the same problem, i am running a 800 Tbird on a Asus A7V MB and when i have my case on with one case fan and the out of the box heatsink my computer idled around 65 C!!! Until i could figure out the problem i just took my case of and point a huge fan at it, with this arrangement it doesn't get hotter than 50 C. Any suggestions would be great!
 

sfa ok

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First of all, if you do overclock, you'll need a better heatsink/fan. Second, Asus temp. probes are horrible. They tend to read 10 degrees higher than the actual temp, but you still shouldn't rely on them. Get a good heatsink if you're going to overclock. (I can't stress that enough!)
 

galaxy2x4

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Does that just mean the software, ASUS Probe, is bad or the actual probe as well. If it is the actual probe, where can you get a better one and are they easy to replace?
Thanks
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I am definately getting a new HSF set up and thanks for the info on the asus probe. Can you recommend any HSF set ups? PS do you know of any sights that show what pins to connect to unlock?
 

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There is a BIOS registry 'fix' that will cool down your CPU about 10c in idle.

Don't rely on the internal probe. Your mobo has area to plug in an external probe. Buy a $3 thermister at Radio Shack, tag it onto a wire, then sandwich it near the CPU slug/core. Read those temps.

Two things. You may need a better heatsink... BUT not before...

Lapping the HSF... use wet sandpaper from 200-800 grit and polish it to a 'relative' shine. Only relative, do NOT over polish to a complete mirror finish (ie with 2000 grit paper).

Make sure you have a THIN layer of paste. Enough to know it's there, but thin enough to just see the lettering on the slug.

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i don't think cooling your cpu at idle is that big of a deal, but of course i never reach idle anyways. Yeah, the Asus probe itself i believe is the culprit, about 10C higher is normal for those boards. But you should have a good hsf. I think for you a Thermoengine or Vantec would do great, no need to go and get copper on that unless you plan to upgrade.
 
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CSaddict

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Guys thanks for the info. I will set up a temp probe of my own. I enabled the idle program for cooling and it seems to help.
 

Len

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Check out the Millennium Glaciator ($40+shipping). Top notch cooler. My generic HSF had my 1200 Tbird running UNDERclocked at 800 Mhz at around 53C. Now with the Glaciator (comes with Artic Silver) I'm at 1400 at 55C under load. Quite a difference a HSF can make, don't you agree?