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You have recently upgraded the CPU in one of your servers, including a heat sink and a CPU fan. Unfortunately, the temperature of the CPU is getting very hot during normal operation. Which of these is most likely the cause of this overheating?

A) The CPU configuration in the BIOS is misconfigured

B) The CPU is not the correct type for your motherboard

C) The amount of thermal compound is insufficient

D) The processor is faulty

E) The CPU is trying to get a better tan

The answer: C) The amount of thermal compound is insufficient

The thermal compound or thermal grease creates a thermal connection between a component and a heat sink. Without enough thermal compound, the heat from the component will not properly conduct to the heat sink, and the component will be much hotter than necessary.

Want to know more? Watch “Installing and Configuring Processors.”

A personal computer’s combination of chips, circuits, and other components can be an intimidating device. In this module, we’ll deconstruct every piece of the computer and you’ll learn about interfaces, processors, hard drives, and the BIOS.