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Old 10-01-2008, 07:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Why in the world is my Phenom 9500 so hot?

I got a Phenom 9500 for free a while ago because my dad's friend works at AMD.

I've finally decided to put it to use. So, I built this system:

-Phenom 9500 X4 Quad-Core
-Zalman CNPS9500A 92mm CPU Fan
-G.Skill 2GB DDR2 800 PC6400 RAM
-Gigabyte MA78GPM Motherboard with 780G North Bridge
-temporarily running integrated HD3200 graphics

The Phenom 9500 is stock 2.2GHz, so I decided to overclock it to 2.3GHz.

Then, I got this:

A very stable temperature while performing daily tasks with my Zalman.

Then, I decided to run a CPU Stress test at 2.3, and I got this:

What in the world happened?! Why did it get so hot all the sudden? 68C seems pretty unacceptable to me.

I've tried multiple CPU Stress Test programs, and they all have the same result. When I dock SpeedFan, it shows me the Temp1 in the corner of my desktop. Temp3 is always the one that's blazing hot.
So basically, I have three questions:

-Which one is my CPU temp? (Temp1, Temp2, Temp3, Core?)
-What the heck happened?! Why is my Phenom so freaking hot?
-Why is Temp3 always so hot, and what is Temp3?

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Old 10-01-2008, 08:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Why in the world is my Phenom 9500 so hot?

what kind of thermalpaste are you using???

try checking your temperature with coretemp instead

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Default Re: Why in the world is my Phenom 9500 so hot?

Core is the cpu. Temps 1 2 and 3 are sensors on the motherboard. You would have to look at your manual to see which is which. Are you overclocked? It could be your north bridge is pretty hot. As for your cpu it looks fine. 45c is nothing to be worried about.

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Yeh its your motherboard sensors that are getting hot, check that the NB heatsink is on properly - some motherboards come without them properly attached. Also make sure there is adequte cooling to it.
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