To a lot of PC owners and hardware enthusiasts, temperature of the PC’s processor is quite important. Nowadays, and for years, AMD and Intel battle it out for computer processor supremacy. A lot of people consider the processor’s speed, front side bus and multiplier, technology (type of socket and features), and now the number of cores. But I do not see the processor’s temperature being considered that much.
Why is temperature important? Well, a processor will run smoothly at good temperatures let say at 40 degrees centigrade or so. There are 2 main states that a processor can be in order to measure how efficient it is when it comes to temperature. First is when it’s idle. This is when you’re not doing anything (aside from just looking at your monitor) not even typing or moving the mouse. Then, the other one is the maximum load. This is when the processor stretches its muscle. It is when you play intense 3D games or an application or software that has extreme floating point calculations. The temperature usually goes really high.
If the temperature goes really high up to over the maximum threshold of the processor, the processor may just give up and stop working. A busted processor can not usually be repaired and the only thing that can be done is to replace it. It is another issue when it comes to overclocking. If you overclock your processor, it requires more power and thus results in higher temperatures. You can say that your processor cannot handle it anymore is when your computer freezes or restarts on its own. Much worse is when your PC just dies down.
Now, between the two processor giants AMD and Intel, which between the two has lower temperatures? Well, nowadays we can’t really conclude which. The reason is that the latest processors from both AMD and Intel have better manufacturing processes (45 nm or so) and does not require that much power which means less heat. So, a 65 nm processor will usually have higher temperatures compared to a 45 nm processor at same load and power usage.
I pointed this out since before, there really was an issue with AMD processors. You can easily overclock an Intel Pentium 4 and the temperature won’t go up that much. However, overclocking an AMD Athlon generates enough heat to boil water. So overclockers are on a fix and cannot overclock their AMD processors compared to their Intel counterparts. These are based on my personal experience and may differ from what you have encountered or seen.
But again, it isn’t much of an issue nowadays since you can pretty much overclock any of the new processors. I have an Intel Core 2 Duo e6600 (65 nm) and it overclocks quite high (from 2.4 Ghz to 2.9 Ghz) on a stock fan and heat sink. But if you are a hardcore overclocker, the best solution is to have an efficient heat management. You need to have a case that is cool enough, excellent ventilation, high-end heat sink and fan, or even go over the top by applying liquid cooling or nitrous oxide. Regardless if it is AMD or Intel, always watch out for the temperature and make sure it doesn’t reach the maximum. Read your manuals well and research on their website to see the limit of the temperature. It wouldn’t hurt to have software that will monitor the temperature as well.