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Motherboard Temperature Question

I have an Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe with a Athlon XP 2600+ chip.  I've read most people saying that the chip should run between 40-50C, but there are 3 temp sensors displayed in the BIOS (System, CPU Core, CPU Surface).  They generally run 64C, 72C, 53C respectively.  Are these ok temps and according to other posts here that 70C is the critical temp, so is that dealing with the CPU Surface temp?

Thanks!
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Glen A.IT Project ManagerCommented:
I doubt very much those are the temps of your CPU.  Asus A7N8X series is notoriously bad with it's temperature probes' accuracy.  

You can often obtain vastly different temperature readings simply by flashing your bios...  

But if your system is running fine, I wouldn't worry tremendously.  If it's crashing, shutting down, etc., then you have problems.
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CallandorCommented:
You can check it by opening your case and putting your hand on the heatsink.  70C is pretty hot, while 50C is warm.  The 2600+ has a temperature limit of 85C.
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Glen A.IT Project ManagerCommented:
of course, that 85C limit is internal die temp...  which unfortunately we have no way to measure.  
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HippyWarlockCommented:
Use the temperatures displayed to you by your mobo as relative temperature, that is, don't compare them to your friends exact same mobo, or indeed any other mobo (as Alberta says, this mobo is innacurate, in fact there is no common standard of calibration for mobo temp sensors that I am aware of). Instead compare them relative to your own mobo.

If you overclock the PC, then note how much the temp has changed. And if you feel brave - clock the PC until it freezes due to overheating and note the temp it freezes at (you gotta be quick here :-) ).

Not too sure about your CPU but Intel has an inbuilt chunk of code that monitors the die temp.

HTH - Peace
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HippyWarlockCommented:
Thanks but to be honest I think AlbertaBeef deserved a split... then again he's got too many points - good call durrence71  

 : - )
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