In the last few weeks, I’ve been getting serious hard crashes while playing Snowrunner, which has otherwise been stable for me for as long as it’s been out. These crashes are particularly terrible, because they’re hardcore hard locks. The signal to the monitor just cuts out and I have to hold down the power button to restart it. Yeesh. You hate to see those.
This is new and drastic and, so far, confined to Snowrunner. So the first thing I checked is temperature. I installed Open Hardware Monitor and was dismayed to see that my CPU almost immediately shoots up to 90C or 100C in Snowrunner, Elden Ring, and Dying Light 2 (although I’m only experiencing crashes in Snowrunner). That’s too hot, right? It shouldn’t be doing that, should it?
The computer is situated so that the air can flow freely around it. The room it’s in ranges from 70 to 80 degrees (it hit 84 degrees today). I had already given the interior a through blast of canned air and verified that the fans are working a few days ago. I even set the BIOS to spin the fans at max speed for the time being. But the CPU temperature still shoots right up to around 90-100C when games are running. I Googled what to do and was immediately hit with the usual avalanche of tech stuff that I have no desire to sift through if I can help it, but I read just enough to realize that this is probably too hot.
So is there anyone here who can talk me through how to troubleshoot temperature issues? It’s a pretty old system. A Gigabyte motherboard from 2014 with an Intel i7-4709. It’s since gotten a RTX 3070. Maybe this is just what happens when a CPU or motherboard starts dying?