View Full Version : AMD 3200xp running at 60 degrees???

10 October 2004, 10:15 AM
Hey i got a new processor the other day and it's running fine apart from it's running very hot at 60 degrees idle and upto 73 degrees (the highest i've seen it go) and i was just wondering if this normal or i should try to sort it out.

It's got a CPU cooler rated for use with a 3200xp and it's installed correctley etc. Would lapping the base of the cooler and applying silver based thermal compound help? I'm really worried i'm gonna fry it soon with half life 2 on the horizon (and i suppose some uni projects to do).

Cheers for any help i can get.


10 October 2004, 11:05 AM
that does sound pretty bad actually. its getting that hot and you havent been getting restarts or anything? id just spend the 15 bucks or so online and get something decent... copper, with a thin fin design, and a large 80mm-ish fan. cause the stock amd hsf really sucks imo.

10 October 2004, 11:18 AM
Hey i've got a pretty good fan a Artic Cooler ( but it still seems to get too hot.

10 October 2004, 12:16 PM
My Xp3200 runs at 48 full load and idles at 33.

I'm using a Thermaltake Volcano12.

Your temps do seem a bit high.

10 October 2004, 12:33 PM
I use the CNPS7000A-Cu with my 3200+ and I get 41C idle 48C full load.

your temps are defenetly too high!

What's the temp of your case? is there a good air flow? How many fans do you have?


10 October 2004, 03:16 PM
Well i have managed to get the temp down a bit to idle 54 and 64 under load. I just reapplied a smaller amount of thermal compound. I think a few case fans could be useful though. I fnot i might get another CPU cooler, what do you guys recommed????

10 October 2004, 07:49 PM
The trick is to be sparing with thermal compound. Too much and you insulate the CPU, too little and the air pockets it is supposed to fill between cpu and heatsink will remain. First i'd go with the artic silver, and then follow the instrucitons to the letter. You shouldnt need too much. That is "supposed" to knock quite a few degrees off the temperatures (seen as much as 10). That might help a little. mid 50s to 60s is still pretty warm, but a more safer temperature.

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