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Does anyone know the temperature ranges one can expect on a core2 duo

I've looked around for an answer to this for a while, and have found many conflicting answers. I've heard that it shouldn't be allowed to go higher than 45C or so, and I've also heard that 55C is a safe limit. I'd really appreciate some clarification.

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marked as duplicate by Diogo, 8088, Renan, Randolph West, KronoS Aug 14 '12 at 5:50

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

I've seen duplicate questions mentioning particular models of CPUs chips. – Tadeusz A. Kadłubowski Aug 26 '09 at 18:02
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It depends on the individual CPU, take a look at the Intel Core 2 Quad Specification site and click on your CPU to find out.

It looks like average thermal specification is between 60c-70c, with some being higher

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Looks like 71.4 for my Q8400, thanks for the help! – ThisTime Aug 26 '09 at 20:59

Usually anything in the 40-60 range is safe. If you hit the 60s or 70s you need to check your cooling solution. I believe most motherboards (double check yours) have a fail safe now where if your temp reaches a certain threshold, your system will power off.

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Anywhere from 25C to 55C is safe.

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It all depends on what you are doing on the computer.

Example: Recoding a Blu-ray movie from 50GB to 25GB. In that case, the CPU reaches temperatures of 90C - 95C.

You need strong fans to pull out the heat or the CPU may burn or system halts.

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