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 10/26/2003 06:37 PM
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My A64 3200+ runs at between 36C at idle to 50C at full load. For some reason Asus probe with latest beta bios does not report mobo temp. The BIOS mobo temp is around 39-40C. Are these temps normal? Seems to me like the mobo temp is high but it could be related to where the sensor is (close to my scorching 9800XT perhaps?) CPU temps seem OK, although others have reported much lower temps. Thanks for any info.

EDIT: Mobo is Asus K8V Deluxe.


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 10/26/2003 06:56 PM
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They seem a little high, but they're certainly nothing to be concerned about. I've heard ppl posting scores that were a bit lower, but you could have something else impacting your temperature (the 9800XT, for example).

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 10/26/2003 07:24 PM
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Would it be worthwhile to add an aftermarket cooler, such as the Zalman Cu7000 or whatever that monstrosity is called?
I wonder about those mobo temps. On my IC7-G they usually hovered around 35-38C, and sometimes lower. Where is the mobo temp sensor anyway? Close to the AGP slot?


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 10/27/2003 09:04 PM
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It depends on the board. As far as the cooler goes, unless you're planning on overclocking or you really want your temps lower, there's no need to pick up a Zalman.

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 10/28/2003 12:06 AM
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To tell you the truth it wouldn't be a bad idea to go with the Zalman cooler. It does a great job and with no noise, paired up with Overdrive you'd have even better performance out of your card.

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 10/28/2003 01:36 AM
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He was referring to his processor, not his video card. And again, unless he's planning on overclocking, there's no need for him to waste his money on a Zalman. Betel, I'd say to check out your case and make sure it's properly ventilated, as that could raise the temps slightly.

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Seemingly, I just gave him a little info to help him on his quest for absolute perfection.

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Not everyone enjoys wasting their money like you do. The busted keyboards, the non-working lights...should I continue?

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I don't think I need the Zalman as it turns out. I opened up the case and the temps dropped to about 30C idle. I just switched one of my rear fans from low speed to regular and that reduced the CPU temps by about 3-4C (from 38-39C to 35-36C at idle with case closed) while keeping the noise at acceptable levels. Good enough for me.


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 10/28/2003 03:13 PM
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yea i get around 35c as well. And as far as zalman goes, I think there products are pretty shadey, go with swiftech or coolermaster.
 10/28/2003 07:36 PM
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I am using a Zalman and I am over the moon with it's performance. Quiet and VERY effective. It's getting colder by the night here - I got 20 degrees idle as my lowest temperature so far dunno what max is since pc idles at nights (and no - I don't want to fold ) - Last system had a Zalman Gold Plus 3500 (right model) and it worked just as well. I would say go for it if you have the cash. the better the cooling - the more safer your system

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 10/28/2003 07:46 PM
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But how low did you really need your temperatures? He's no where near the threshold and spending extra money for a few degress isn't worth it in my opinion. Granted, the lower the temp, the safer your hardware will be, but in my mind, there's gotta be a point where it doesn't really matter, unless of course you're using water or LN2.

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 10/29/2003 02:50 PM
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Well the lower the temperature the longer your processor will last. Thats why people that change the oil and coolant more frequently in there cars make there cars last longer than they should. Longevity would just be another thing to look into.

But I'm with you, 2 degrees isn't gonna make much difference.
 10/29/2003 03:27 PM
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agreed and neither does changing the oil and coolant more often than necessary in a car, but people still do it...

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 10/29/2003 03:29 PM
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lol, yeah - I just want to keep is as low as possible - so I know I don't have a problem - even with dust on it (although I now have dust covers in my case in front of the fans) can cause a small temp hike and I'll still be ok. I've always gone big on coolers for AMD's. The Athlon 64 is much cooler than the Athlon XP's - so I don't think it's such an issue really.

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 10/29/2003 05:40 PM
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The IPC and overall performance at 2.0/2.2 Gig. is incredible and I'm not sure everyone appreciates just how efficient the A64/Opteron design really is. And it scales 100%, which ain't a bad trait at all !



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