Maximum CPU Temperature

Effects of High Temperature on a CPU

When the CPU works above the maximum admissible temperature set by its manufacturer, the following problems can occur:

  • Reduction of CPU life-span;
  • Random freezes;
  • Random resets;
  • Eventually the CPU can get burned.

Cases of PCs giving the infamous Blue Screen of Death while you are loading or installing the operating system because the CPU is overheated are not rare (keep in mind that other problems not related to overheating can also present this same symptom). Another typical overheating scenario is the computer working correctly and then after some time it starts to malfunction.

In order to solve overheating problems some measures must be taken, besides choosing the correct CPU cooler and applying thermal grease correctly:

  • To reduce the room temperature;
  • To enhance the case internal airflow.

We have already addressed this issue on two tutorials: Typical Assembling Problems and Cases: Avoiding Overheating. We recommend you to take a look at them.

Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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