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Introduction To Central Processing Unit CPU Cooling Mechanisms

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The need for specialized cooling devices have become a serious issue in computer systems since the architecture of the 80486DX chip.  The only other type of cooling device in these older systems was the basic fan in the power supply unit used to dissipate the heat generated by all of the components.

The CPU fan and heatsink are necessary components in any computer system since the heat generated by the processor can be hazardous if not controlled by appropriate cooling devices.

Symptoms Of System Over Heating

Like all components in a PC, the processor has a safe set temperature range in which it can be run without encountering problems.   Several different symptoms will occur if a processor becomes overheated. They are listed below:

  1. System crashes.
  2. System lockups.
  3. Random system reboots or freezing.
  4. Loud noises such as groans from the power supply unit and other devices.CPU Cooling Mechanisms
 
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