Maximum temperature acceptable by a CPU

Even if you don’t go the the extremes of CPU overclocking, you may sometimes wonder whether your CPU is too hot or not. For example, my own Athlon XP 2600+ currently displays 62°C. Is it too much?

Chris Hare comes to our help with his table of CPU characteristics. You will find there (among other things), the official max temperature of your CPU. Don’t even try to reach that temperature: It is merely the hottest point before failure (AMD and Intel will not warrant anything past this) and you should have a cooling fan or system good enough to maintain the CPU far from this, but it is an important data.