If your computer lasts for hours on end without needing a battery charge, you should be proud. You have a very high functioning technological device that treats you well. And all you have to do to keep the good times rolling is show a little tiny bit of tender loving care in return. So when you find yourself watching the season finale of your favorite television series, and the fan in your computer gets so loud that you can’t even hear the dialogue, you may want to know what the deal is. It may not mean panic, but it could, and it’s important to know the criteria of when panic mode is appropriate. Because if you don’t, your computer may suffer. And when your computer suffers, you suffer. And we don’t want that. Skeptical? We’ll explain. Here’s everything you need to know about the heat being generated by your computer and whether or not it should concern you, brought to you by E-Valve Technologies, delivering top quality IT support Manhattan services.
Where does the heat come from?
Whenever your computer is doing anything, it is performing algorithms between millions of circuits. This activity involves the production of thermal radiation. That is to say, your computer operates on electricity, and electricity is hot. There are three main sources of heat. The first is the Central Processing Unit (CPU), which is carrying out the algorithms. The second is from the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), which is in charge of the visuals. Your GPU is most at risk of overheating as a result of gaming, which involves more energy to produce 3D imaging. The third is your disk drive. If you’ve been binge watching a series on DVD for six hours, you’ve been generating lots of heat in the process. Also, don’t forget about the room itself. On a hot summer day, your computer needs some cool air just like you.
What happens when a computer overheats?
Well in most cases, your fan should activate in order to cool things down, although, in a particularly hot room, the fan may not suffice. Also, fans, like anything, get dusty and tired. And after a while, if you don’t clean them out every so often, they can get so full of gunk that they stop working, in which case the overheating onset takes place in a much shorter window of time. Regardless of the circumstances, once you hit that wall, your computer will start automatically shutting down things like the motherboard and the components within it like the CPU. Eventually, your whole computer will shut off as a security measure. Usually, your computer should know to shut things down before any actual damage is done. But also, if you find your computer randomly shutting down, that means there’s probably something wrong with your fan and you should get that fixed.
In conclusion, the vast majority of the time, you don’t have much to worry about. Computers are designed to run for hours without any problems. If you find that your fan is so loud that it’s a distraction, you can shut it off, but do so at your own risk. That fan serves a very important purpose. If it’s so loud so frequently, it could be telling you there’s a more serious issue and you may want to speak to a professional. E-Valve Technologies offers the IT support Manhattan services you need to ensure you never have any problems with your PC. For more information, give us a call today at 646-564-3636.
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