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Temperature sensors on AMD CPUs

Temperature sensors on AMD CPUs

AMD inherently tends to have high thermal performance in its processors. Not really that bad, if it weren't for the problem of how to get rid of the heat that has developed.

Bei AMD seems to have slowly reached the point that you can no longer dissipate the heat with normal fans. At a conference it was now informed that Athlon cores can be clocked at 1.4GHz with 1.75V core voltage, but the thermal output should then generate up to 76W. In comparison, a Pentium 4 with 1.4 GHz generates 'only' about 52W. So that you can keep an eye on this problem, the Palomino core and its successors should be equipped with an internal temperature sensor. Such a sensor has long been common at Intel. According to AMD, the sensor should be able to measure the temperature of the core and also keep it within the limits specific to the processor. This is to prevent death of the fast CPUs from heat.

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