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ThinkCentre M51 heat?

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by David Buttery, Oct 30, 2007.

  1. I'm considering buying an IBM ThinkCentre M51 I've seen on offer. This
    is the one - with a 3.2GHz Prescott P4 in a full-size desktop case:


    The spec on the ad looks fine, but the thing that gives me pause for
    thought is the Prescott CPU's infamous reputation for being something
    of a furnace. A friend who has another brand of PC, also in a desktop
    case, with the same chip reports that it's regularly hitting 70 C
    under full load. Even though it seems to be stable at that temperature,
    it still puts me off a bit.

    So... can anyone with experience of this model report as to just how
    hot it actually gets? Is the M51's case well ventilated, and is the
    stock fan good enough for ordinary use (I'm not into overclocking)?
    And is my fairly small room (about 16 feet by 10 feet) going to feel
    like the Sahara? I'm in the UK, and so unsurprisingly have no
    air-conditioning in the house!

    (Incidentally, this is a single PC on offer. I don't have the choice of
    another model or CPU - it's this one or nothing.)
    David Buttery, Oct 30, 2007
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