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Old 03-24-2012, 06:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My buddy and I are having this debate if dust bunnies and the dust that clogs up your heatsink can cause heating problems. Specifically the processor heatsink. I think it does, he thinks it doesn't. What say you?
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It does Probably a pretty drastic difference if it's a lot of dust, too
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Would you watch a TV screen if you put to much crap in front of it? You might be able to see some of it, but it's the same thing... It's not very effective at doing what it's meant to do if it's blocked.

Heatsink pipes disperse heat... if the air flow cannot get to them to cool, them eventually the CPU will shut down (as IT'S supposed to do) from overheating.
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You're always right, man.

Dust can trap hot air from escaping the heatsink fins. If there is nowhere to go, it only gets hotter.
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Naaah... I'm not always right... Ask my wife! LOL
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I was refering to Pro2a.
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I know, but I had a mental funny in my head...


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Dust acts as insulation on the heatsink, holding in the heat and resisting the cooler air from the fan.

Make your friend put on three sweat suits and then a rain suit, and then make him run a mile in hot weather. That should give him a good idea of how it works
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Nice analogy, Trot!
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Dust acts as insulation on the heatsink, holding in the heat and resisting the cooler air from the fan.

Make your friend put on three sweat suits and then a rain suit, and then make him run a mile in hot weather. That should give him a good idea of how it works
Lol... I like that one. Maybe I'll say that.
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