December 18, 2019 at 12:52 am #82360TobiParticipant@tobi
Making sure your CPU is as cool as possible is ideal for your device. The CPU is the little square spaced chip that powers the number crunching and behind-the-scenes work to make your computer run. When a CPU runs hot, there could be a range of problems such as the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) and regular system crashes. Prolonged overheating can also cause physical damage to the processor and create a safety hazard for your immediate environment. As scary as this sounds, it isn’t a difficult task to take care of your computer. We will share with you some essential steps to take to ensure that your PC always stays cool.
How much heat is too much heat for your CPU?
With a lot of modern CPUs, there are measures created by the manufacturer to protect the CPU from overheating. These measures are specifically made to ensure that the system will automatically shut down if the CPU gets too hot. In turn, it will reduce the chances of damage to the CPU. However, letting the CPU overheat to that stage is extremely dangerous. If this happens, you’ll have a higher chance of getting a corrupted system memory, losing files and slowing down your computer’s performance over time.
Given the possible results, you should ensure that your CPU regularly stays cool. If you keep tabs on how hot your CPU is getting, over time, you’ll have a better idea of the programs and tasks that are giving it a hard time. To check the temperature, you can use the BIOS of your computer during startup. But, an easier way to do this is through the program called the Core Temp utility. With this program, you can see the temperature for every CPU core of your CPU.
Download and install the program. Once this is done, run it and you will see the temperature in real time for each CPU core. The important factor with this program is its indication of the Tj. Max level which is the temperature that will make your processor throttle its performance to avoid potential damage. In the image above, the Tj. Max is at 98°C. The figure usually stays at that level or 100°C for most CPUs.
What are acceptable CPU temperatures?
When you’re not running any default programs or heavy tasks, the idle temperatures of your CPU should sit around 25°C to 35°C which is considered cool. But, don’t panic if its above 35°C. , idle temperatures for PCs can reach 50°C. When running heavy apps or gaming, you can expect your CPU temperatures to reach up to 85°C.
How you can lower your CPU temperature
Now that you know the purpose of a Tj. Max, you can use its function to guide the way you cool your CPU. If your temperature isn’t lower than the Tj. Max figure, you have a problem that requires an immediate solution. One common reason found is an error in the fitting of the CPU cooler. Also, the type of thermal paste applied to the CPU is a factor in addition to the way it is applied.
Additionally, the CPU cooler might be inadequate for the types of tasks and components you’re running. In this case, you might want to consider changing your CPU cooler for one that has a much better cooling solution.
Many PC cases have room for extra fans. When you install more case fans, the airflow will be more conducive for the effective cooling of your CPU.
For laptops, you have to ensure that you keep the internals clean. A vacuum is helpful with this because it sucks out the dirt and debris from your laptop. To add to this, having a laptop cooling fan will help keep your computer cool.
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