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Hey Guys,

I recently built a silent HTPC mITX system. I am running a Core i3 2120T. I have a Prolimatech Samuel 17 installed with no fan and have a question about operating temps.

Intel states that 65 degrees Celsius is the max(TCase) recommended temp, at least that's what I think TCase means. Idle temps fluctuate from 38 to 43. Under 20 percent load it jumps to 48 maybe 54 at some points. I haven't pushed 20 percent yet and do not believe I will, let's hope.

Now, are these temps detrimental to my system/life of the CPU or am I all set? Id rather not put the stock fan on it because I was beside myself not hearing a thing while watching a movie or browsing the web.

Thanks,

Spudds
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If you're under 70C when the system is under load I'd say it's fine personally.

54C is nothing for an intel chip, my current i3 and my old Q6600 have both seen the hot side of 90C.
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Well that's good to hear. I really love the lack of noise I have.

Any one have any insight into wire sleeves? My case is cramped and I would love to put some sleeves on the cables it tidy things up.
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Tcase will be the temperature of the air inside the case. Tjunction is the core temperature, which is around 92°C. Most boards throttle around 85°C so as long as you stay under that, you're good.

Sleeving gives +12% e-peen.

If you want to "tidy" up the cables use cable ties whether or not you sleeve the cables. Cable ties keeps multiple cables tidy. Sleeving only hides the wire colors.
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Hey Guys,

I recently built a silent HTPC mITX system. I am running a Core i3 2120T. I have a Prolimatech Samuel 17 installed with no fan and have a question about operating temps.

Intel states that 65 degrees Celsius is the max(TCase) recommended temp, at least that's what I think TCase means. Idle temps fluctuate from 38 to 43. Under 20 percent load it jumps to 48 maybe 54 at some points. I haven't pushed 20 percent yet and do not believe I will, let's hope.

Now, are these temps detrimental to my system/life of the CPU or am I all set? Id rather not put the stock fan on it because I was beside myself not hearing a thing while watching a movie or browsing the web.

Thanks,

Spudds
I know I'm super late to this party, but have you considered getting a modular PSU so that you can take out the ones you don't need? That might help. thumb.gif
 
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post #6 of 6
Hi,

I have the 2500T and the same cooler in my case but with Fan enermax TB silence - which is really quite too. I also have a modular Seasonic Fanless PSU 460w.

I have 3 fans in the case all are quite fans - but the only reason i placed a fan on the cooler was in case i would like to use it as a download station in the future - having it on for long periods of time. i also have diamond thermal paste on it which is one of the best ones.

check my HTPC thread for pics and exactly what i have.

a5ian300zx
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