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It goes something like this: What's happened to the promised 9 W", is a microchip characteristic that designers of system boards, etc. According to AMD and the majority of other microchip producers, except Intel the TDP is always equal Asus M2A-VM AMD Chipset heat generated by a microchip of worst quality possible in a series under maximum load. In other words, microchips that actually exceed the projected heat emission value are automatically discarded.

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That is why, by the way, the probability that an AMD G chipset on your particular board will emit the declared 9 W under maximum load is small. It is more likely to generate less and with some luck even significantly less heat. Does that mean that Asus M2A-VM AMD Chipset a chipset must remain cold to touch?

No, because, as we have said before, designers look only for the optimal solution. Cooling a chipset to the temperature of Asus M2A-VM AMD Chipset surrounding air is not worth the trouble and is even unnecessary, since its normal operating temperatures are degrees C.

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You can find Asus M2A-VM AMD Chipset details of cooling theory by following this link. We shall only provide the general formula: Clearly, the higher the allowed temperature difference between the environment and the chip is, the higher thermal resistance the heat sink may have.


As we Asus M2A-VM AMD Chipset know from experience, when it cools down heat transfer diminishes. A good example of that are graphics card PCIe-AGP bridges with heat generation of a couple of watts that often don't have any heat sinks and become burning-hot to touch. However, since such "burning-hot" temperatures correspond to their normal operational mode, the resulting temperature difference is large enough for the chip to effectively dissipate heat through its very small surface.

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It is funny that a user can install a heat sink on this chip and observe that it too becomes significantly hot to touch. The user may then ask: In order for this "trick" with using higher temperature difference to work, in addition to having a thermal resistant chip, it is very important for its thermal power TDP to be minimal. This value Asus M2A-VM AMD Chipset in the denominator of the formula, so it wouldn't be an overstatement to say that every extra watt counts in the case of passive cooling.

If the chip generates more heat than the cooling system is capable of removing, temperature will grow uncontrollably exceeding the upper limit and leading to reduced life time. The user will notice instabilities and lock-ups even prior to that, for example in heavy load conditions.

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Vice versa, if initially chip's own heat emission is small then even in adverse conditions such as hot weather, long periods of operation under heavy load, additional heating from other nearby components the chip's temperature will rise insignificantly and stabilize at a new level still far from the critical value. In that case it will be hard to elevate the temperature even by a degree above normal, and after the adverse conditions have been eliminated the temperature will quickly return to the initial value.

The conclusion is clear: If it doesn't exceed W we need not worry about additional cooling and let the heat sinks do their job! In order to cause chipset overheating too many conditions need to be provided. For example, the temperature inside a computer case must rise to degrees C, but even then the first thing to suffer will probably be the hard drive, Asus M2A-VM AMD Chipset the graphics cards, which traditionally operate in thermally intensive conditions in most computers.

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Despite the summer heat and three hour long game testing its heat Asus M2A-VM AMD Chipset didn't warm up enough to demonstrate all of the above situations. In order to conform to our theory, let us assume that we were fortunate and the chipset of the particular board we used actually was well within the declared TDP.

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