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Windows 7: Fan compatibility with CPU?

04 Mar 2018   #1

Windows 8 Ultimate x64
Fan compatibility with CPU?

Is this fan compatible with my CPU?

Fan: Pure Rock Slim BK008
CPU: Intel Core i5 3470@3,20GZ

I have experienced nonstop BSOD's with the above mentioned setup. After trying, in vain, every single step that is advised in fixing BSOD's, I decided to replace my current CPU with an older model. The BSOD's completely stopped.

Either the CPU is faulty or the fan is not good enough for that CPU.
Could someone confirm whether my fan is compatible with my CPU?


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04 Mar 2018   #2
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot

It should be compatible with your CPU. Perhaps you didn't get the thermal material on just right and the CPU is overheating, or worse yet you got the thermal material on the circuitry as you were installing the heatsink/fan.

That would be my guess. A fan cannot cause a BSOD, but overheating can. I would use a good hardware monitoring program like HWMonitor to check the CPU temps with the new fan installed and see what your temps are.
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04 Mar 2018   #3

Windows 8 Ultimate x64

I double checked the thermal paste during my trials. It seemed to be correctly installed but just in case, I cleaned it up with the advised materials and put it back on.

I continued experiencing BSOD's with random errors during games or even when my comp was idle. I checked my temperatures. The temps of my CPU never exceeded 62C during gaming. But I had many BSOD's while my comp was at idle at 31C.

Since this CPU only has a T67C I was scared that it was my fan that couldn't cool it off enough cause 62C during gaming is pretty close to its limit but that doesn't explain why I had repeated BSOD's (every 5-10 min) while my comp was at idle (even after a full format of windows 7).
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04 Mar 2018   #4
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot

Well, if you've taken steps to reapply the thermal paste and the temps never rise above 62C, and your machine is giving you BSODs at 31C, it sounds like your processor is either going south, or you have a processor driver problem. I'm not the swiftest at resolving BSODs, there are others here that can help to diagnose those.

Since you changed out the CPU and the BSODs stopped, it's likely your processor is bad. Just my guess though.
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06 Mar 2018   #5

Windows 7 HP 64

- Schedule a disk check on C:
- Run Memory diagnostic test
- Open a CMD window and type:
sfc /scannow
If SFC finds a file that it couldn't fix, reboot and run sfc again. Reboot and repeat SFC and reboot 3 times.
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