You know what they say, “If you can’t stand the heat, get an after market heatsink/fan.”
This old adage influenced me to order a new cooler for my CPU. However, there’s a footnote to this sage advice that I uncovered after purchasing the cooler.
The entire thing reads thusly – “If you can’t stand the heat, get an after market heatsink/fan.*
Make believe this explanation is much lower in order to get the genuine “footnote feel.”
*Be sure that the heatsink/fan will use the current fan mounts on your motherboard. If you don’t do your homework and find that the new heatsink/fan requires an adapter, take care that you have an opening in your case that allows you to install the backplate.
Gosh, that’s a long footnote. Overly verbose story short, I bought this fan and these the materials to remove the nail polish from my…err…old thermal compound from the CPU and current HSF –
To put into this computer –
The dog looks on with great anticipation –
Because the CPU is getting too hot, not because of my dog, because of the stock heatsink/fan. I was monitoring the hardware and saw that the CPU cores we reaching 50° C, or for us silly Americans, that’s 500°F (to convert Celsius to Fahrenheit you multiply by 10 right?).
If memory serves, 500° is the temperature of the surface of the sun . Naturally, an aftermarket HSF (nerd abbreviation for heatsink/fan) is necessary so I won’t burn a hole through the earth.
Does it require a universal adapter for the backplate? Yes (dammit!)
Do I have a space cut out to easily reach the backplate without having to take out the motherboard? Yes. A few years ago I drilled out holes for the motherboard backplate and cable management, see –
Is the hole better for an AMD motherboard or Intel? Intel (dammit!) At the time the holes were put in, I had an Intel chip, now I roll with AMD.
I can’t get the current backplate off to put the new one on unless I take the motherboard out. That’s a big pain in the ass.
UPDATE! Turns out that 50°C isn’t that bad. AMD says my processor is fine up until 62°C. I’m not sure how this is true, considering that 50°C is the temperature of the surface of the sun.
That would make 62°C about the temperature of a cup of coffee from McDonald’s (good thing it won’t be in my lap).
In essence, I read the Temperature Breakdown Incorrectly (TBI is…)
BTW, I know that Fahrenheit is not 10x Celsius. The actual conversion is boring.