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Will processor over heat with no fan directly above it?

Posted on 2004-09-15
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I am having problems fiting a fan into my case to place above the processor so I have decided to place extra fans around the case, one for the HD, one that fit in a PCI to cool the PCI cards and 3 in front and two in back. This should draw any heat from the devices out of the case. Im I still in danger of over heating my processor?
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If it's an AMD, I recommend keeping a fan on the heatsink.  You can use a case fan, but it has to be very close, or very powerful, to be effective.
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by:TylerP
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its a Xeon
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by:Callandor
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You can probably get away with just a heatsink, but make sure something is blowing air across the fins to move heat away from the cpu.  Monitor the temperature to make sure the cpu doesn't exceed 140F.  Everest can do this: http://www.lavalys.com/products/download.php?pid=1&lang=en&pageid=3
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by:Danny Child
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what server is this in? (presuming it's a server with a Xeon processor).  There are some fans that can be not directly connected, try Googling for Zalman Flower to see some examples.  I'd make sure that the heatsink was as good as I could get though.
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by:tapkep
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You can also get low profile cooler, like http://www.spirecooler.com/fcc.asp?ProdID=124
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by:hauk1net
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To some extent, it depends on the processor.  Some of the old PIII and PII processors ran ok without a CPU fan.  Many other processors are just too hot.
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