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Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Tampa, FL
Re: When is hot too hot? - 02-06-2009, 02:58 PM
Thanks for the post. I've seen this one online too. I'm tempted to try it; however, I'm still hoping to find one that's smaller in size (I don't want 3-4 inches hanging over from all sides...and I'm sure you can't cut this item to size).
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Southern New Jersey, USA
Re: When is hot too hot? - 02-14-2009, 01:06 PM
There's a thread about USB cooler pads here:
I have one that is used mostly as a stand to get my Mini 9 up out of the clutter of my desk.
Just having some air holes under it seems to help the passive cooling work better though, even without running the fans.
I'm building a new gaming PC so my current desktop will be made a secondary machine for doing this kind of stuff.
I don't know how many more marathon Skype sessions my Mini 9 will be doing in the future if any, but it handled the task like an absolute trooper, warmness and all.
Based on the number of hours I've run my Mini doing this stuff I'd say a reliable alert system to give an early warning about an overheat condition would be great, but otherwise just run the silly things, HAVE FUN and pay attention to the fact that they run warm and need to breathe.
Personally I'm no longer concerned about it. Life's too short.
Former Inspiron Mini 9 Owner, Modder, Enthusiast
Join Date: Mar 2009
Re: When is hot too hot? - 03-03-2009, 03:50 AM
Hi all, after reviewing this post and promptly installing Core Temp (0.99.3), I was pretty alarmed to find that my passive operating temperature (on for a while, not doing much at all) in a ~17Â°C room was about 60Â°C and that under load it would easily climb to 70Â° or 80Â°. The highest temperature I have seen is in excess of 90Â°C, which was observed while using many apps, wireless, and recharging the battery. Anyway, this is alarming.
But then I googled around for the tj-max value for the N270 processor, and outside of this forum the consensus seems to be that the correct value is 90Â°C, not the complete failure point of 125Â°C. I am not a computer engineer, but this seems to me to be supported by Intel's datasheet for the chip, here: http://download.intel.com/design/proces ... 320032.pdf
(Table 14, Page 50)
Furthermore, I stumbled across a beta version of Core Temp 0.99.5, in which the tj-max value for my chip is listed as 90Â°C, and now my current core temperature is listed as a much less alarming 18Â°C (in fact, I'd say that's almost suspiciously low, but my mini doesn't feel hot).
Anyway, I'm definitely not an expert and I hesitate to rejoice in my reassuring discovery. I'd love for someone with more knowledge to weigh in on this again.
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