CPU Heatsink

Computers are full of all sorts of important parts. Most of the parts we find in our computers are necessary in order for the computer to function properly. There are hard drives, processors, fans, mother boards and many more parts that allow the computer to run. You may or may not be familiar with computers and all the parts that are required. Some people thoroughly enjoy working on computers or building computers while others purchase their computer already put together and never take it apart. When something goes wrong they find a repair man because they have no desire to work on the computer themselves. Whichever category you fall in, you may be interested in learning more about a computers CPU heatsink.

The CPU heatsink is a part in the computer that helps control the inside temperature. Without the CPU heatsink the computer could easily overheat and stop working. When computers become overheated many things could go wrong and you may find yourself with an inoperable computer and loss of information. There are several parts in the computer that emit heat when they are running. Some of that heat is okay but once the inside of the computer hits a certain temperature the rest of the parts can suffer. For this reason there are many fans and cooling components installed inside a computer in order to rid the inside of a lot of that harmful heat.

The CPU is the computers Central Processing Unit. The CPU heatsink is used to pull heat away from the processor. The processor is capable of producing a lot of the heat that can harm a computer. Although technology has advanced and the processors in computers have become a little more efficient they still require cooling in order to maintain a comfortable temperature. A lot of the latest computers come equipped with thermal sensors that monitor the temperature of the various computer parts. When a computer’s central processing unit becomes overheated the computer may be designed to shut down automatically in order to prevent any serious damage from being done. Although the computer parts produce a large amount of heat on their own, there are other problems that can cause the computer to really overheat even with the proper cooling agents installed. One of the main reasons for a computer to become overheated is that the inside has become too dusty. The dust can interfere with the fan’s performance causing them to malfunction and therefore preventing the heat to leave the computer properly.

The CPU heatsink is a piece of metal that absorbs some of the heat coming off of a processor. It distributes the heat more evenly throughout the computer preventing the heat from staying in one central area. The metal is usually combined with a thermal adhesive in order to connect to the part that needs cooling. On most of the newer CPU heatsinks you will find a fan. Once the CPU heatsink pulls heat away from the processor the fan is then used to cool the hot air and blow it away from the processor.

If you work on your own computer you may be already know how to install a new CPU heatsink when yours has stopped working correctly. You should pay close attention to the amount of dust that is collected inside the fan since this can happen rather quickly. Once the fan on the heatsink has become clogged with dust it will stop running and will no longer be able to pull the correct amount of heat away from the processor. Often it is a quick fix and removing the dust from the inside of the fan and other computer parts will greatly improve the condition of the computer. However if the CPU heatsink or fan have stopped working altogether then you will need another one installed before you continue to use your computer. Failure to have a properly working CPU heatsink or fan can cause serious and permanent damage by allowing your computer to overheat.

This CPU Heatsink Review is Written/Updated on Jan 11th, 2010 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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