Subject: Re: cool AMD
To: Michal 'hramrach' Suchanek <>
From: Patrick Welche <>
List: port-i386
Date: 07/25/2005 14:09:29
On Wed, Jul 20, 2005 at 11:25:39AM +0100, Patrick Welche wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 20, 2005 at 12:42:04AM +0200, Michal 'hramrach' Suchanek wrote:
> > Athlons do not have the feature that exists in Intel CPUs that just
> > halts them when they get too hot. IIRC the newer XP Athlons do have some
> > thermal sensors but rely on external circuity present on the mainboard
> > to evaluate the readings. So it is not as reliable as the Intel
> > solution.
> So I do run the risk of frying it if I'm not careful..
> > But if you read the temperature with some sensor and it says it is OK,
> > it is probably so. Unless the sensor reading is incorrectly interpreted
> > in the driver. You can also try to look at the hardware monitoring in
> > bios. That could give you some idea what temperatures to expect.
> > The sensor itself should not be dead as the Windows program can read it.
> > 
> > I am using a system where the CPU runs at temperatures around 60C
> > and the readings from sensors are similar to what bios shows.
> Nice to have a ball park temperature figure..

.. which pointed to a real temperature problem, and it turns out that it
was the oldest amd problem in the book: the cooling block was resting
on the plastic cpu socket, so wasn't in full contact with the cpu. Once
properly positioned, all was well!

Thank you,