How will I know if my processor is running too hot?
There are several red flags you will encounter if the computer processor has become too hot. You usually only come across these issues when playing advanced games or running certain programs, some red flags are listed below.
- Computer randomly turns off
- Computer restarts often
- Computer runs much slower
When a computer is still being used with a processor that exceeds the recommended temperature, it dramatically reduces the life expectancy of the processor.
The thermal sensors may not be positioned in an optimal location depending on your computer's hardware layout. Due to this situation, the temperature reading could be reported inaccurately. If you are experiencing the above issues or if your device is approaching the maximum temperature, you may want to try the below recommendations to cool it.
What can I do to get my processor cooler?
To have a higher performance, you want to run the processor as cool as possible. If the processor is getting too hot or you are wanting to overclock it, you can follow the recommendations that are listed below.
- Thermal paste - If the processor or fan has been replaced or worked on it may be necessary to clean off and then re-apply the thermal paste that helps transfer the heat away from the processor.
- Verify Fans - You want to ensure that all of the fans are working properly. There are some motherboards that will display the RPM and current status of each fan. If your computer does not do this, you will need to individually assess each fan looking for spinning issues and listening for abnormal noises that could mean improper installation or usage.
- Increase Fans - Adding more fans to your computer helps bring additional air circulation to keep the overall temperature cooler. Many advanced computer users and overclockers often use this feature to create their own air ducts that can also assist in the removal of hot air.