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Very High CPU Temperature, what's wrong?

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Mar 28, 2001
While running burnp6 for 2 hours the temp reached 60C before it locked up. I used HWDoctor (provided with the M/B) to watch the temp. Is this temp normal? Idle CPU temp is 35C. Ambient temp : 30C. Is there a possibility that the M/B shows wrong temp results? At lower Vcore the CPU locks up. I don't have any case coolers but the cables inside are well placed. Where is the problem? I know the heatsink is very capable. The thermal grease wasn't placed the right way? Do I need more voltage to make the CPU stable? If so, how can I lower the temperature? I know something is wrong with the whole picture, the point is what?

M/B : Abit BE6-II
CPU : Celeron 533A @ 832 (8x104)
Stepping : CB0, Vcore:1.75V (Default : 1,5)
Heatsink : GlobalWin FKP32 + Thermal Grease
Way to hot! First, try cooling down the room, at 30C (86F) you should be sweating! I run my house around 17-20C (65-70F) and my proc runs around 27-28C avg. while my system board runs at 30C. I have one case fan blowing across the top of the HSF, and no exhaust fans except for the one in the power supply.

After cooling down the environment, reseat the HS on the proc, and maybe lap the HS to be sure it is making a good connection. Do not be stingy with the thermal grease, reguardless of what you may have read here and elsewhere about micro thin coatings; when you seat the HS onto the proc, all excess grease will be squeezed out you will have the perfect thickness on it. I just used Radio Shack grease and allowed it to flow out of the connection and all around the chip just like the thermal tapes will do, thus surrounding the chip completely and even making a connection between the HS and the board the proc is on. Others think this is borderline heresy, but all I can say is it works for me great, besides, air is a very poor conductor of heat.

Try at least one case fan blowing into the case, and make sure your power supply fan blows out of the system. These things are simple and cheap enough to try.

If these measures fail, now try the expensive solutions like a different (i.e. better) HSF, more case cooling and such. Maybe try rolling your IDE cables too.