Originally posted by Continuum My CPU is a Duron 700. I removed the (very loud) fan, and got the following temperatures (measured with Motherboard Monitor (freeware, "must-have"):Idle: ca. 50°CWeb-surfing, low activity: 53-60°Cfull activity: >75°C
Originally posted by CiTay The HLT-order is automatically activated in Windows XP with ACPI setup.I have often wondered, does this mean there is no need for programs such as cpu-idle?also how can i ensure that i have ACPI set up?
Originally posted by spase I have often wondered, does this mean there is no need for programs such as cpu-idle? also how can i ensure that i have ACPI set up?
Originally posted by fewtch You may not care with a Duron 700 going so cheap, but at >75C your CPU isn't very far from biting the dust (many on the PC hardware forums have noticed system instability starting ~50C). You probably reduced the lifespan to a period less than a year. Bad idea, and totally non-recommended for 99% of Duron/Athlon users.
It's pretty simple in electronics, heat is a component-killer. By reducing all the fan speeds, removing fans, etc. (increasing both CPU heat and general system heat) you're decreasing the MTBF of just about everything inside the box.
Originally posted by CiTay The HLT-order is automatically activated in Windows XP with ACPI setup.One word about the Athlon and "CPU-Cooling" software: According to ASUS, this is bad for overall stability. I only found a german FAQ (here), i'll translate a bit: "There is an important reason for disabling HLT-cooling with Athlon-type CPUs. If this cooling is activated, power consumption of the CPU is permanently fluctuating between 5W and 60W+, in extremely short intervals. These fluctuations have to be compensated by the power supply unit. Weaker or lower-quality PSUs cannot react fast enough to these steadily changing conditions. Results can be: Freezes, Bluescreens, spontaneous reboots and "clicks" from the soundcard."