AMD Phenom II X4 temperature issues (was Re: hardware monitor)

RW rwmaillists at
Mon Aug 5 09:34:07 UTC 2013

On Mon, 5 Aug 2013 10:33:55 +0400
Eugene wrote:

> Hello Gary,
> Also make sure there is no packed dirt on the heatsink -- I don't
> know about AMDs, but older Intel heatsinks often tend to accumulate a
> paper-like layer of dirt on the 'top' of heatsink grid, blocking the
> airflow. I once had several thermal shutdowns on my home PC before I
> found that. This does not seem to happen with newer heatsinks so they
> must have changed the design somehow =)

I had a AMD Phenom II X4 and it had exactly that problem. Every few
months I had to remove the fan to get a brush into the fins. An idle
temperature of 45 C sounds about right for one that's been neglected.

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