If its an AMD you need to e-mail them to get the anwser. Im running on an AMD K6-2 350 and I had the same question when I got it but unfortunitly I for got the answer. you can get amd's e-mail at www.AMD.com
Under 20C Excellent
20-30C Better than average (room temperature)
Over 60C BBQ
If your chip is getting up to 50C, I'd just go and get a better fan--your chip shouldn't be running that hot. The most probable cause is that your fan isn't rated to cool your processor. Your fan should be able to keep your processor at temperatures somewhere under 50C. I'd reccommend you get one by GlobalWin or one of those new Alpha fans.
Hi, I have just got an AMD 500. I don't have a fan at the moment. The temperature goes up to 67C (I watched it at the BIOS). That's why my computer got hang after I pressed the power button for 2 mins.
My questions: The temperature problem is so serious. Can a fan and a heatsink solve the problem?
The last time I ran a CPU without a HSF was when I had a Cyrix PR200+. It lasted a few minutes and then fried my motherboard. Melted plastic does not smell good. My AMD k6-II 300@333 ran at about 36c with a FEP32 at full load.
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Well my Athlon 600 run as at 100*F at a full load with a case temp of 77*F. Think this comes out to 38*C cpu and 26*C case. Well I don't have a conversion table in front of me so it's just a guess. This is with a single cpu fan, but dual case fans.
It is amazing to see so many varied temps. Are any/all of you overclocking? I am running my AMD K6-2 550@550 and my idle temps are about 42-45C. If I close everything down and run SETI it runs about the same temp. I have gathered that at idle a 550 @ 43C is high?
By the way I have an Alpha PAL6035 heatsink with YS Tech fan @ 23cfm, the power supply fan and one average case fan (pulls in air). I have ordered a Sunon 120mm 131cfm fan for the case to see if this helps with cooling.
[This message has been edited by kevin-r (edited 06-28-2000).]
43C at idle isn't too bad, won't fry anything. However, you'd do your self a favor by downloading Rain 2.0, CPUIdle, or a similar program. This will bring down your idle temp by 6-10 degrees, even though it'll be less effective as CPU usage goes up. Particularly if you leave the PC on for extended periods, this can really help your stability, CPU life, etc.
k6-2/500 crashed like crazy with a cheap *** heatsink at 50c. i got an alpha that people suggested, now at 42c max. no more crashing! the heatsink makes a huge difference! if your computer is crashing for no reason... maybe get a new heatsink? it worked for me.