Subject: intel boxed processor with heatsink
By: Eric (IP: 24.1.141.*)
Written on: 31-12-2004 22:06

I have just recently purchased and installed a Pentium 4 Processor 550 with 3.40 GHz, 800MHz FSB, and 1MB L2 Cache. It also included a heatsink inside. There was also a motherboard included in the bundle. (all this was from Intel Destop Board D915PBL.
The first time I installed the processor and heatsink, installed xp, there was an alert that the processor was overheating so I shut off my computer. I removed the heatsink and realized that the thermal pad on the bottom was not evenly spread so i removed it and applied my own silicon paste that I had. It improved the temperature but still seems hot. When idle, the processor is between 50-60 degrees. I have not tried any games for fear that it would overheat the processor once more. Should I try some new paste? Thanks for your help in advance.


By: scifi3018 (IP: 204.116.2.*)
Written on: 01-01-2005 10:18

Silicon paste isnt the best heat transfere item, try using a quality product, such as artic silver (google it). Be sure to clean the die, and heatsink before applying new paste, also one modification is to "lap", or sand the die, and heatsink smooth, for better heat transfer. I dont supose you are tying to overclock your CPU. So if none of this wokr,s oyu could have a defective die, or try a new heatsink with more cooling capabilities.
By: Tillmann (IP: 83.121.5.*)
Written on: 02-01-2005 00:46


check if your heatsink was installed properly. The heatsinks Intel ships are OK and should keep the CPU cool enough. When installed properly, they should be pressed very firmly against the CPU - to the point that the motherboard may be bent a little bit due to the pressure (that's OK).

Also, you might want to check if your case cooling is good enough. Your CPU dissipates a lot more power than older CPUs; so if you were upgrading from an older motherboard/CPU combination, you should also upgrade your case cooling setup. Check the tips here on the site.

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