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Old 04-10-2006, 10:35 AM   #11 (permalink)
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40c is acceptable, you won't get much cooler then that with traditional heatsink and fans. Intel recommends their pentium 4 processor to operate at 34c, but what do they know. They provide you with a standard fan and heatsink and expect their CPU to operate at a degree that requires liquid cooling to sustain. I don't know how you can get 30c with just a stock cooler. What processor do you have?

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Old 04-10-2006, 02:21 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I have a P4 2.8 northwood with a zalman 9500 heatsink. Northwoods are known to run cooler then the prescotts. from other posts and sites it seems that precotts idle around 45-47c. I'm going to try moving some fans around and see if that helps at all. maybe add another exhaust fan to create the "whirlwind" affect zalman claims this heatsink does.

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