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Normal CPU Temperatures?

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    Normal CPU Temperatures?


    Hi, I have one machine which is a Quad running Windows 8 and the peak temps are 122-131 deg F. Another machine which is an i7 on Win 7 the temps are peaking at 165-156 deg F.

    What should be normal? The room they are in is running 75 F. The loads on both machines are similar < 10%

    Thanks for your help.

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    It depends on what causes the CPU go high.
    ie. for heavy gaming 165 F is about normal I think.

    130 F when idle is OK
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    Hi addictive gamer, thanks. I never do gaming. The load is almost always below 10%
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    Windows 8.1 Enterprise


    sorry, I edited my post above, well 156 and above is a bit high for idle PC but not dangerous.

    edit:
    Here is my temp/load for example (idle) room temp is about 23 C ( IDK ):

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    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by okrobie View Post
    Hi, I have one machine which is a Quad running Windows 8 and the peak temps are 122-131 deg F. Another machine which is an i7 on Win 7 the temps are peaking at 165-156 deg F.

    What should be normal? The room they are in is running 75 F. The loads on both machines are similar < 10%

    Thanks for your help.
    What would you say are temps when idle, mentioning peak temps, what are you using when see peak temps ? As said by Gamer average between 23-35c for CPU again mattering to room temps averages somewhere between 73-98 F. So if not doing anything an reaching that high, poor ventilation around PC, not enough cooling (fans inside) or bad fan and dust accumulation inside case.

    Use what Addictive gamer post shows to monitor it more, unless have a program as equal HWMONITOR | Softwares | CPUID
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    Here is a screenshot of my hotter rig. I have a Cooler Master Hyper T4 Heatpipe CPU Cooler on the CPU and a rear case fan and a large (about 8 inches) fan on the side panel and of course the power supply fan. I would think it would run cooler than this.
    Sorry about the duplication. I don't know how that happened.

    Edit: The fans are all clean and the CPU fan was just installed a few weeks ago and had fresh thermal compound applied.
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    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    O.k. about dupe. Not extreme temps again how often reaches max. numbers from what you are doing at the time, CPU min. is in the 45c range could be cooler, T4 is a decent cooler.

    See you live in Florida mattering to what part gets pretty warm there, sure have a/c . At about 126F now. Like said before about area PC is in, ventilation around it being adequate. Have you applied thermal paste before, this first time ? If so there is a burn in time with compound, mattering to what brand, how long was done before you may see better results. This would be case with this PC.

    I would keep monitoring it, has not ever reached the TJ max levels, not much load going on there.
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    What is TJ Max?
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    Quote Originally Posted by okrobie View Post
    What is TJ Max?
    Sorry i did edit my last post as you posted this one.

    Tj max stands for Tjunction Max. Tjunction is another word for core temps. Tj max is the maximum allowable temp for a processor's internal cores, if you reach Tj max the processor's THERMTRIP# signal will activate shutdown to prevent damage to the processor. All Intel Core processors have a Tj max with values that vary.

    Explained article about your CPU https://communities.intel.com/message/155547
    Last edited by jds63; 07 May 2015 at 19:43.
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    Thanks jds63, sounds like I can mark this one solved. I appreciate the help of you and Addictive Gamer. Best regards, Jim
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