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Windows 7: AMD Phenom Quad Core Temp

11 Apr 2010   #1
christoua

Windows 7 32bit
 
 
AMD Phenom Quad Core Temp

Hi, I have a AMD Phenom X4 Quad Core 640 3.0GHZ Overclocked at 3.3GHZ

On the AMD website it states that the maximum tempruture is 62 degrees, is this for the processor, or the cores?


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11 Apr 2010   #2
YakSipper

Win7
 
 

Hi.

The cores together are the processor, thus, 62 degrees celsius is max for the whole chip.
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11 Apr 2010   #3
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

The 62 degrees reference is for the processor's maximum case temperature, and is usually referred to as "Tcase max". It basically represents the maximum allowable temp of the metal heat spreader, which contacts the heat sink.

The core temp is not the same as the Tcase temp, and will usually be higher. Phenoms have a thermal trip which will begin throttling the clock speed after it exceeds the Tcase max temp by a certain margin. If it goes much higher than that, it will reset and force a reboot, or BSOD.

It's a bit more complicated than that, but that's a pretty good explanation in non-engineering terms.
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