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Date:      Sun, 04 Aug 2013 18:49:51 -0500
From:      Joshua Isom <>
Subject:   Re: AMD Phenom II X4 temperature issues  (was Re: hardware monitor)
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On 8/4/2013 6:29 PM, Gary Aitken wrote:
> On 08/04/13 17:22, Gary Aitken wrote:
>> Ok, so now I see that my cpu temperature shoots up pretty dang fast when a
>> build is going on.
>> I'm running an AMD Phenom II X4 with the AMD-supplied fan in an
>> ASUS M4A89TD PRO / USB3 motherboard.
>> The system "works fine" unless I start a cpu-intensive build.
>> If I leave it unattended, after some time the system shuts down abruptly.
>> I'm guessing it's because of excessive cpu temperatures.
>> When doing port builds, or any cpu-intensive job, the temperature of the
>> CPU goes from 45 to 50 in about 30 seconds.
>> I pretty much have to manually suspend and resume the build process
>> to keep it down.  If I do that, I avoid the abrupt shutdown.
>> Needless to say, this makes unattended operation a non-starter...
>> Does anyone else have a similar setup they can provide me some related
>> experience on?
> BTW, the mobo temp stays down around 32.

You need a better heatsink and fan for your CPU.  If you're idle temp is 
45, that's too high.  By using powerd, so it's 800MHz, and being idle 
I'm at around 26C, presumably.  It peaks at 45C on parallel builds.  In 
the meantime, you can set the maximum cpu speed, which I recommend 
powerd for.

Here's a tip when shopping, get a big beefy heatsink with a standard fan 
size, and replace the fan with something beefier.  Either that or water 

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