Summer is near, so again heat problems will occur. We've collected some information and tips on how to avoid your system becoming overheated.
First, here are some basics about temperature and operating conditions:
Each component in a computer has different limits and thus tolerates more or less heat. Here are some guideline values:
- The processor (CPU) should not exceed 50 ° Celsius during normal operation.
- The graphics card processor (GPU) can get some more heat, but should not exceed 80 ° C even in demanding games
- The motherboard, on the other hand, likes to be cooler and should not exceed 40 ° C.
- Hard disks feel comfortable up to 50 Celsius. Higher temperature can lead to data loss because the hard disks can degauss at high temperatures and thus can no longer hold the data in the intended order.
So how can I keep the system cool?
The first thing you should be aware of is that the system must not be placed or squeezed into a corner.
An open space with at least 50 cm distance to the wall or wide table legs is an advantage, so that the heat can be well dissipated and does not jam behind the system. Also, the front and the sides should have distance to wall if ventilation slots are inside. A cluttered PC cannot "breathe", the air circulation is disturbed, and the heat collapse is certain.
Pay attention to the functionality of the fans
A faulty fan that is not displayed by the BIOS or monitoring tool will inevitably lead to overheating
Increase fan speed
This is possible with some BIOS variants and with the help of some tools.
Disadvantage: The system gets louder, consumes more power and more dust is drawn into the system, so you need to clean it more often.
Clean your system regularly
Over time, dust and dirt accumulate inside the system, settling on the components and clogging ventilation ducts. Therefore, please check it regularly.
You can clean it quite well with compressed air spray from the retailer.
Do not use vacuum cleaner, as it firstly scratches and thus malfunction on the components (such as the motherboard) can appear, but secondly jumpers can be sucked.
Keep the case closed
The smallest gap can lead to interruptions in the air circulation, which in turn leads to increased temperature in the computer. Also we strongly advise against the old custom: "Open the case, put a big ventilator in front of…". There is only more dirt blown into the system, which nests again in the niches.
Clean up the inside of the case
Nothing is worse than having cables inside a PC look like dumping a can of spaghetti. Clean cable routing is crucial to allow air to circulate without being blocked by a spaghetti barb. If necessary, you can replace old wide cables with newer round cables, and run along the edge of the system. Many of today's housings have cable ducts that are perfectly suitable for this purpose.
Builds components airily and optimally
If possible, leave space between the individual drives, hard disks and plug-in cards. For PCI slots, make sure that their highly heat-generating components (such as the graphics card) are not sandwiched between two other cards, but rather with air in between as far as possible from the other cards.
Shut down the PC even during small breaks and activate power save mode.
It does not only save electricity, but also it has the side effect that the computer has time to cool down again.
What else can I do?
If you want to protect your PC even better (and have some money left), ypu may also install additional chassis fans, mount special HDD fans between each HDD or passive heatsink sideways, replace its fans and power supplies with branded models with better performance, or even resort to water cooling.
For all tips:
If you are unsure or do not know how to implement the tips, ask someone who is able to, or contact an expert.
We hope that these tips will help you during the hot times in summer and wish you much fun with RF4.