AMD Athlon XP Running too hot?
Posted on 2004-08-17
Hey Everyone -
I am having some trouble with my AMD Athlon XP (Not sure which model, but I know it's rated at 1.8 gHz). When I boot up, and go into the BIOS, it tells me that my CPU has a temp of ~137 degrees F. This crazy, because it's currently running at 1.4 gHz (I clocked it down to see if the temp went down), with the Memory Freq and CPU Freq at 133. I have a Asus A7N8X motherboard and a Volcano 8 fan on the CPU. I have two case fans, one that blows outward in the back, and one that blows inward in the front, so it's getting postive air flow. The power supply also has 2 fans on it, one blowing in and one blowing out, just over the CPU.
I am having trouble with Star Wars galaxies. It blurrs out, leaving me with crazy polygon 3D graphics about 2-3 minutes into the game. I thought that it was defective memory, as I just upgraded my memory from 512MB 333MhZ DDR ram to 1GB 400mHz DDR ram, but that isn't the case. I am only using the 400 RAM right now, but I checked, and Asus says that my Motherboard should support it. I have been having problems with the game since I put this new ram in. I noticed that the temp was high, but I have no idea why it would increase just after the RAM was installed. I didn't check the temp before hand, so I don't know - it could have been this high before.
I am wondering if there are any suggestions as to how I can get this game to work. Like I said, I think that it has to do with overheating, but I am not sure what else I can do to fix this problem. I have a (reasonably) good fan over the CPU, as well as pretty good case cooling, but I was told that anything over 140 deg F is dangerous. As such, I would like to reduce the CPU temp, but my CPU is actually just running at 1.4 gHZ right now, and I would like to get it back up to where it was at before the new memory was added, which was 1.8 gHz.
Is it possible my temp guage is messed up? I can't see how it could be this high of a temp. Maybe I should try re-mounting the CPU, and re-applying the thermal paste? Or maybe a new fan? Any suggestions would help.
Thanks in Advance,