CPU Temp running SETI - Opinions wanted.

OhioDude

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Just upgraded my file/email server (a P166 MMX monster!) to an XP1800+ with PC2100 DDR. (Thanks, networkman! :) )

This is using the AMD retail HSF on an Amptron K7-817XLM MB. I removed the gummy-stick TIM and used Arctic Silver instead. MBM reports a pretty consistent 50 - 52 celsius while running Seti with a system temp around 38. Not too bad, I think. (My old 1100 T-Bird runs around 44 - 46 with a Global Win FOP32-1.)

Would a better HSF be a good investment to try and bring the temps down a bit? Since this is a production server, I won't be over-clocking. I'm considering a Thermalright SK6 with a Delta 38 cfm fan. ($28 from KD Computers including shipping.)

Opinions? I know you all got 'em. ;)

BTW - I'm likin' these 3 hr 50 min wu times. :):):)
 

Engineer

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That temp is not bad with the stock HSF....:)

I've got a dual XP1800+ system with 512M Registered DDR ECC (PC2100) and one processor runs at 46C and the other 48C. This is using the Golden Gate 32CFM with Artic Silver (In Antec SX1040B case with 4 - 80mm case fans :D)
(Oh, and this is in the upstairs of my house...where it is much warmer than the downstairs...especially with 5 PC's crunching it out up there! :p)


If you want some VERY good and very cheap heatsink/fans...I would look at SVCOMPUCYCLE. Great prices and good selection (I don't have anything to do with them, just have ordered from them about 10 times now :) - Note: Seems UPS Ground shipping is cheaper than postal service...FYI)

I would get something a little better for the server....unless you can guarantee a nice Air Conditioned environment! :)

Good Luck OD! :D
 

Migroo

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If the temp isnt harming the CPU (and I hope it isnt - my 1700+ is running at around 61C constant...) then why get a 'better' HSF??

Edit: Unless stability is a problem of course :)
 

IJump

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My temps overclocked are in that range with upgraded HSFs on both systems. I don't think you will be hurting to stick with the retail HSF.
 

Joe O

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Here's a chart with the maximum temperatures for CPUs.

Disclaimer: Your milage may vary. These temperatures are internal, which could be 10C higher than what the mainboard diode measures. You alone can decide what is "cool". If you cook your CPU, only you are responsible.
 

Crazee

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It wouldn't be necessary, but I would stick an AX7 or something similar on it just because I like my CPUs cool :)