A graph of CPU, Motherboard and Graphics card temperatures so far this year.
Since getting this machine I’ve been collecting hardware measurements from it. I thought I should try to see if there are any trends developing.
It’s kind of tricky because the database has readings from almost a million time points in it, with 36 measurements for each. Ad hoc queries can take a bit of forethought. There’s also the fact that at some times I might be playing a game on its maximum video settings and at others I might be doing practically nothing. I normally only do any one intensive activity for a few hours a day, so the average reading for each day should be a reasonable indication of any long-term changes.
A factor that could affect it over the medium- or long-term are a change in the type of game I want to play at that time. I was playing Neverwinter Nights 2 in April which could explain the shape of the graphics data at that time.
My first graph was just of CPU temperature; I was curious to see a gradual upward trend there. Was it dust accumulating in the fans? Or it could just be a different typical use of it.
There’s no obvious corresponding trend in the motherboard or graphics card temperatures. So nothing serious to worry about. Though I guess checking the CPU fan and heat sink for dust won’t do any harm.
Update. Yes, it was!
I’ve opened the case and found quite a bit of dust. It’s on the external fans (which are easily cleaned); but there’s also a faint layer over most the surfaces, such as the graphics card. I’ve attempted to remove it but I don’t want to actually touch any of it since the circuitry is exposed there (and I don’t have any antistatic cleaning equipment handy). Finally, the CPU fan and heatsink especially were starting to clog with dust. I have cleaned them.
The result is that CPU temperature has dropped by about 10 degrees.