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Pentium D 920 Processor Temp

taylorludwig asked
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Last Modified: 2013-11-10
I just built a new computer.  It has a big case with 4 fans, very roomy.  However when im in my bios looking at the hardware monitoring.  It shows that the processor temp is from 80-95 C and the Internal Temp is low 40's C and this is completley idle in the bios.  Is this extremely hot? Should i be worried? i double checked the heatsync to make sure that it was on securley and tight and all seemed well.  I felt the heat sync while it was going and it wasnt hot at all nice and cool.  Are these normal temps?
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The processor temp is higher than normal. I suggest you should check heat sink and the compound that glue heat sink on top CPU.

The Internal Temp is about 38 - 40 C is normal.


i checked it and it was a little messy which i assume is just from putting the heatsync on and taking it off.  The heatsync is tight and appears to be on there good.  If it was hot would i be able to feel the heat on the side of the heatysnc?
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The processor temperatures are quite high for idling. Remove the board from the case and check underneath the board to be sure that all four pegs from the heatsink/fan have evenly and securely poked through.
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If the heatsink were on securely, and the cpu temps were high, it should feel hot.
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BTW-Your thermal paste should be a very thin layer in order to facilitate a good surface bond with the heatsink. Too much can actually hinder the contact between the cpu and the heatsink.

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what would be the best way to smooth it out? also where am i able to view the temps when i am in windows? (without going through the bios)

Here is the link, you will find free software and how to monitor CPU temp in windows enviroment:


The thermal compound that help to stick CPU and heatsink, also conduct the heat out of the CPU. Do you have the CPU fan that comes with CPU when you purchased or you ordered separate? The CPU fan plays an important role to cool down the CPU, it is good to have a look into it.

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I like SiSoftware Sandra: http://www.majorgeeks.com/SiSoftware_Sandra_Lite_d4664.html

You can use anything firm but slightly flexible, like thin cardboard, to smoooth out the paste.

Have you double checked the heatsink pegs through the motherboard?


we have succes i think the thermal glue was bunched up, i whiped it down and now its idoling around 50 C and under peak it goes up to just below 60 C :-) much better.  Thanks for the thinks but there was one that came with my motherboard so i just ended up using that one.  It works great.

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