I am in the process of navigating the trials and tribulations of keeping an AMD XP2000 cool (or at least, not hot). My motherboard (Soyo SY-KT400 Dragon Ultra) provides three different temp readings in the BIOS. I have been mainly focused on the 'Die temperature'. My die temperature is constantly at 63C at idle and will get up to 72C when stressed. Now, according to info at some of the overclockers boards I've visited, that's too hot. A lot of them brag about die temps around 38C at idle, with stock HSF's and only a fan or two to speak of.
I have done all of the tweaks necessary for superior cooling (intake fan, two exhaust fans, blowhole fan, CoolerMaster HSF, etc. ad nauseum.) I have used sparing amounts of the finest thermal compound money can buy. I have placed and re-placed the HSF, to no avail. The best I can get, with NOTHING overclocked in the BIOS, is 63C at the die.
A) Is the die temp the one I should be concerned with, as opposed to the other CPU temp reading in my BIOS (which is consistently 21- 22C lower than the die temp)?
B) Is there a chance that the MB is reading the temps incorrectly?
C) Should I be this concerned? I want the CPU to run as efficiently as possible, and it's very frustrating thinking that it should be running about 20C cooler than it actually is.
Sorry for the long post; thanks in advance for the assistance.
Ken in SSF