Athlon owners! Take heed!

Jeff Kleist

Executive Producer
Senior HTF Member
Joined
Dec 4, 1999
Messages
11,267
I love my Athlon, but Tom's Hardware has brought out a VERY dangerous non-feature of the processor. If the heatsink falls off, your motherboard and CPU can literally catch fire in seconds. See the horrific results HERE:
http://www4.tomshardware.com/cpu/01q3/010917/index.html
AMD needs to provide thermal management in their processors NOW!
Jeff Kleist
 

Jeff Kleist

Executive Producer
Senior HTF Member
Joined
Dec 4, 1999
Messages
11,267
Don't get me wrong, the Athlons are great processors. The next generation runs with half the heat generated, and supposedly also solves this problem. However, this needed to be put out into the open
I'll NEVER go back to Intel processors again. Great performance, unbeatable prices! (Athlon 1.4GHz outperforms a P4 1.7GHz)
Jeff Kleist
 

Camp

Effects Supervisor
Senior HTF Member
Joined
Dec 3, 1999
Messages
2,301
Perform the simple task of purchasing a good HSF and installing it correctly and this isn't even an issue.
 

DavidY

Supporting Actor
Joined
Mar 19, 1999
Messages
510
A few months ago, after one weeks use with a weaker HS (a Chrome Orb), my dealer replaced the Athlon T-bird 1200/266 in my new system....suprisingly it was done under warranty. The CPU was reported to be toasted. However, before I sent it in, the CPU looked fine....it wasn't melted or anything. The Chrome Orb was replaced by an AMD certified fan, a Volcano II...so far, so good.
Dave
 

SteveMc

Stunt Coordinator
Joined
Feb 3, 2001
Messages
230
If installed correctly, the only way heatsinks could fall off is if the computer drop kicked from a height that's gonna damage a lot more than just the CPU. And if you cant install a HS right, you probably shouldn't be messing in one w/o some help.
I hadn't heard of things catching fire, but w/o a HS/Fan your athlon can burn up in about 8 seconds. Hey, maybe that's what that Luke Perry movie is about

------------------
Crash
"I don't even own a gun, let alone many guns that would necessitate an entire rack."
Help us get the Friday the 13th films-UNCUT. Click Here or here
 

Jeff Kleist

Executive Producer
Senior HTF Member
Joined
Dec 4, 1999
Messages
11,267
Of course, I've just never seen a chip do that before. SCARY
My heatsink/fan is bolted nice and tight

Jeff Kleist
 

Quinn Granfor

Auditioning
Joined
Jun 30, 1997
Messages
7
And what was Tom's point? Rip off the fire wall from a car and the upholstry will catch fire........better put in sensors?
AMD makes a good product. Don't let a dumbass article by an Intel zoelet cloud your judgement.
 

Quinn Granfor

Auditioning
Joined
Jun 30, 1997
Messages
7
OOps, I guess if I would have read your follow up.......I'd see that your judgement wasn't clouded.
Alas, alot of people's will be swayed by this......rip off the safety feature of any product and they'll be problems.
 

Joseph S

Effects Supervisor
Senior HTF Member
Joined
Dec 23, 1999
Messages
2,862
Properly installed isn't always a guarantee.
I purchased an ASUS MB a few weeks ago and after 3 days use I heard a fairly loud bang. The plastic of an entire side of the CPU slot had given way and the Fan/Heatsink smashed into Video card.
 

Forum Sponsors

Forum statistics

Threads
344,446
Messages
4,710,401
Members
141,271
Latest member
Eddie O. L.