Is Folding Bad For My PeeCee

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by 7254278, Jan 25, 2005.

  1. 7254278 macrumors 68020

    Apr 11, 2004
    Hi all,
    I just put my P4(see sig) to fold 24/7. Its quite speedy and folding in the background doesnt bother me... I read folding was processor intensive, so when I woke up this morning I decided to check the temperature of my computer.

    29c (84f)

    100c (204F)

    Now Ive never ever reached 100 before and this is only after lets say 12 hours of folding... Will folding kill my PeeCee :mad: ?
  2. 40167 macrumors regular

    Sep 5, 2004
    Well two things...

    1) You dont need to bump after 4 minutes.

    2) 100c would be boiling... if your computer is still running then no it wasnt at that temp.

    ... Folding isnt bad for the system, theres plenty of people around that do more than a folding program... ive had 1080p video render on a pc; taking about 4 days to complete as premiere rendered away.... I just got a simple 2400 sepron with a standard fan on the cpu, and its always run fine.

    The only way i think youd even get close to 100c is if there was no cpu fan; in which case you almost deserve to have it blow up in my opinion.
  3. 7254278 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Apr 11, 2004
    I am using the program aida32 to read the temperature. After I saw that it was 100c, I opened my window and now its at 92.5c. It stills seems high is it dangerous?
    I am using the standard pc fan from compaq if your wondering.
  4. Hodapp macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2003
    New York, NY
    It's not dangerous as much as it a complete waste of electricity.
  5. brap macrumors 68000

    May 10, 2004
    100degrees C is a crazy number. Sounds like the app you're using is multiplying the numbers it's getting from the diode, or something; try using Motherboard Monitor.
  6. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    What temperature do you get when you turn off folding? (I assume you're talking about the protein folding stuff)
  7. RugoseCone macrumors 6502

    Aug 22, 2002
    I'd stop the folding process and wait a bit, take another reading. Start folding again and try a different app to get a second opinion.

    I'm running CAD software (3d models and rendering), Safari, Mail, playing music in iTunes and folding on a dual G5 at this very moment. Both my CPU's show a temp of 150F/66C

    Make sure the computer has sufficient space around it for some airflow and the room isn't too hot.
  8. musicpyrite macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    Cape Cod
    fyi, 29ºC is 84.2 and 100ºC is 212ºF...... if you got that directly from Aida32 thats very strange. I use Aida to do inventory on the school computers and I've never seen it wrong. I'd try using the program brap suggested.

    As for you computer being 100ºC thats not good..... is it overclocked? if so, what is the CPU voltage? Are you using a stock or aftermarket heat sink/fan? Are you using thermal paste?

    more information on what you processor temperatures should be:

    And folding, if done properly, shouldn't noticeably decrease the life of your processor, but if you've got temperatures that high I'd be very very weary.
  9. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    Not a waste of electricity if it can help with the advancement of medical science. I for one am willing to spend a few extra dollars a month to help out in this small way.
  10. Timelessblur macrumors 65816


    Jun 26, 2004
    I think you temp sensor is off. Update you Mobo bios and it should lower the number. The P4 shut down temp I want to say is 75C or 80C. they are destoryed if ti ever hit 100C. (more so they melt I want to say around 90C)
  11. zwida macrumors 6502a


    Jan 5, 2001
    folding temps

    Since I started folding on my dual 2.5, my typical CPU temp is 86C. I'm not too keen to have it run at this temp 24/7, but I haven't had any performance problems. The typical temp when I'm not folding is 73C.

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