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Old 09-01-2007, 07:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q6700 has a "Thermal Specification" of 71 degrees Celsius according to Intel. Now does that 71 degrees mean that the CPU can handle a max temp tolerance of 71 degrees before imminent failure or does that mean that 71 degrees is the borderline of what the CPU can handle, but can take a little more heat as necesary?

The Q6600 has a thermal spec of 62.2 degrees Celsius. Same question applies.

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Straight from Intel's website:

"The thermal specification shown is the maximum case temperature at the maximum Thermal Design Power (TDP) value for that processor. It is measured at the geometric center on the topside of the processor integrated heat spreader. For processors without integrated heat spreaders such as mobile processors, the thermal specification is referred to as the junction temperature (Tj). The maximum junction temperature is defined by an activation of the processor Intel® Thermal Monitor. The Intel Thermal Monitor’s automatic mode is used to indicate that the maximum TJ has been reached."

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"(Also referred to as Thermal Guideline) The maximum amount of heat which a thermal solution must be able to dissipate from the processor so that the processor will operate under normal operating conditions."

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Basically the thermal specification is the upper limit of how long the cpu will be stable. If you go past it, you will start having problems, as in random reboots, and possible cpu burning. The g0 version of th q6600 is also 71 degrees. Just remember, the cooler the better.
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