Wide Temperature Motherboards
An overheating motherboard is a common problem. Any modern computer with a multi-core processor running multiple processes at once will run into heat dissipation issues if not properly cooled. This problem often causes frustration in OEMs due to lack of anticipation about heating issues. Fans and water-cooled systems are usually the way to alleviate the problem of overheating.
Wide Temperature Motherboards Function in Hot and Cold Environments
Proper cooling is crucial in all computer implementations. An overheating motherboard can cause a hindrance to the functionality and life of a computer. In some situations however a fanless computer may be necessary. Situations where space is minimal and airflow isn’t an option pose a threat to the integrity of a motherboard.
A wide temperature motherboard will extend the functional temperature range of a computer. A sufficient cooling system will help keep the motherboard within it’s functional range and can enable the computer to function in high or low temperature environments.
How to Keep a Motherboard Within Safe Operating Temperature
When selecting a motherboard there are several things to think about that can have an effect on heat output. The greatest factor in preventing excessive heat production is using an energy efficient processor. Older high end processors running at 2.5 GHz and higher are not nearly as power efficient as newer generations which can run faster. Since the Ivy Bridge and Haswell generations of the Intel Core series, power consumption and heat output have been cut in half.
Another factor that can affect heat management is the various components of the motherboard. For example if the RAM does not have an adequate heat-sink system it can cause system malfunctions when heat builds up. Typically in most desktop and industrial environments that utilize graphical components a graphics card is a necessary component attached to the motherboard. A fan is required for each graphics card in a computer due to the excessive heat produced by the cards. If a fanless computer system is required then avoiding video cards all together is a good idea. The alternative to a video card is a processor with on-board graphics capabilities.
The chassis is also a very important component in the process of dissipating excess heat beyond the processor’s rating. Large chassis with lots of open air are great for heat management as long as the air is moving. Stagnant air is an overheating nightmare. The chassis can further dissipate heat if it has proper component mounting contacts where heat can be inductively transferred outside the computer using the chassis itself as a heat sink. If a computer is to be used primarily in a cold environment an insulated chassis can help keep the wide temperature motherboard within functional computing temperature range.