I think I blew up an AMD Athlon.....

Ian Molton spyro at f2s.com
Mon Dec 1 13:59:19 PST 2003

On Mon, 1 Dec 2003 11:02:44 -0800
"Jim Gifford" <lfs at jg555.com> wrote:

> It's dead, I have had several with the fans off for 5 seconds that
> blew.

Utter rubbish.

if it dies 5 seconds after the fan stopped it was either running at
about 200 degrees C before the fan stopped, or there was something else
wrong like a mis-seated heatsink or a grain of sand under the heatsink
(or simply a cracked CPU die from a badly applied 'sink.

A heatsink has just too much thermal mass for a failure to occur in a
mere 5 seconds.

I've had MANY Athlons come in that have been running between hours and
days at a time with their fans stopped (and often, heatsinks full of
dust). Often, the airflow through the case from just the PSU fan is
enough to cool the CPU so it will run stably for a few hours.

a 5 second failure means the heatsink wasnt actually touching the CPU.

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