New subscriber Flip Kohler wrote to ask:
I was wondering could you tell me possibly the OPTIMAL fan temperatures of the computer?? I am interested in all but more importantly the PC Fan.
My Alert 4 show me that it isn’t running and sometimes——not often—– an error will come on and request I shut down as the fan is NOT working. This is preceded by a loud fan noise.
When I shut down and start it back up it is fine and dandy. In all, this has happened to be 3 times within the last month.
Unfortunately for Flip, it’s time to replace the fan.
Fortunately, fans are cheap and are easy to replace, especially case fans like the one that’s troubling Flip.
Today’s computers almost always have really cheap fans in them. But, you can replace an 80mm case fan with a low-noise variety for less than $10, or a very low noise variety for about $20.
If you’re getting fan warnings frequently — and hearing noise, too — you need to replace the fan.
If you’re getting temperature warnings on a CPU fan or a chipset fan, you might just need to open the case and blow the dust out of the heatsink on the CPU or the chipset.
Read more in my article
Spring Cleaning Don’t Forget Your Computer
I recently replaced the chipset fan on my son’s motherboard with one for about $10. Actually, HE did it.
As far as OPTIMAL fan temperatures, there really isn’t a single answer.
Each CPU and Chipset — and power supply, which has it’s own internal fan — has its preferred operating temperature and maximum temperature. The answers depend on the models you have.