This is not a query for a thermal solution, but a curiosity.
When I invoke a chess program on my new system -see below-, (I tried 2 different small freewares, size 0nly 700 and 1500 KB, the former chessit! by Yoto Yotov) the processor use shoots to 100% and the temperature hits the ceiling, even while the programme is still idle, that is, I haven't made the first move. The moment I shut the program, things return to normal.
Now what vexes me is this kind of processor response. I capture DVI from camera, encode DVDs, play 3D games, burn CDs, rip audio to MP3 in batches etc. and the processor stays cool, the use rarely reaches 100%. Then why this madness with a simple chess programme.
And now get this too - my old pentium 266 with 32 MB RAm and win 95 didn't use up 100% processor capacity with chessit!, nor did my Athlon XP 1800+ with WIN 98 SE and I could comfortably do other things while playing the game
I upgrade to P4 3.2 HT w 2MB cache, DDR 400 2GB, Sata drive and windows XP SP2 on a recommended Intel original board D915GAV with 3 chassis fans and the processor now needs to run at full 85 watts (100%) just to keep a 700 Kb program running in the background ???
Yes I can play the game, but the processor temperature makes me uncomfortable. I can hardly do anything else as the hardware monitor keeps shooting up warnings (I have set the threshold to 70 deg C, that is 2 deg higher than the recommended 68 deg. for the processor)
Yes, I have already tried Intel support. They only have automated responses, even after escalation. The sum total of their advice is that I should probably add another fan.
Will be grateful for some knowledgeable thoughts on this.