Chris Angelico <> wrote:

>>> Kurdt: I wouldn't disturb the fan controller.
>>> Kurdt: Ever seen an AMD without a fan? ;)
>>> Leshrak: heh, yeah
>>> Leshrak: actually.  it's not a pretty smell
>>> Kurdt: Especially when it's overclocked. It goes FZZZZT in under two 
>>> seconds.
>>> I think that's about right.
>> One would think that in 2014, a device called a "thermostat" would shut
>> down the power before expensive equipent goes up in a ball of smoke.
> That exchange actually happened back in 2005 (wow! ages ago now), but
> same difference. However, I think there are very few thermostats that
> can cut the power quickly enough for an overclocked chip that loses
> its heat sink. MAYBE if the heat sink is still on and the fan isn't,
> but not if the hs falls off. "Under two seconds" might become "the
> blink of an eye".

If the heat sinks falls off, yes, that is really bad news... But if the fan
fails the warm up shouldn't be that rapid. I thought we were taking about
fan failure, not detached heat sink.



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