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Windows 7: xeon 3430 overheating

03 Mar 2012   #1

windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
xeon 3430 overheating


my cpu is reaching 80 degrees in the hardware monitoring page of the bios at which point the temp lights up red and ive been shutting it off incase it burns out

ive cleaned all dust from the intel stock hsf

the fan on the hsf is spinning round at a normal speed as far as i can see

i have securely fitted the hsf onto the mboard mounts

there is no thermal paste on the cpu or the hsf

if i get some good quality paste and reapply it could someone give me their thoughts on whether this will resolve the issue?

im also keen to find out the average running temp of the cpu during idle in the bios

ive been running this pc without paste or any overheating issues for approx 6 months without any problems

i know that isnt recommended i just forgot to buy it at the time and was keen to test everything then my son was literally born the day after so i havent had my mind straight since or i would of got some paste! :-(

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03 Mar 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Hello jmeader,

Congratulations on your new son.

Yeah, you will just need to have some good thermal paste between the heat sink and CPU. Artic Silver paste is a good one to use.

Be sure that both surfaces are clean, and only to put about a small pea size bubble of paste on the center of the CPU to smash flat with the heat sink. You do not want paste to squeeze out of the sides an get on anything else.
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