I know there's probably a lot of people here to who DVD movies and convert them to various formats. I recently had to rebuild my machine with XP Pro, and reinstall all my software and codecs, and I also did some spring cleaning by blowing all the dust out, re-applying thermal grease to the CPU (kinda had to since I had to remove the fan to get all the dust out of the heatsink vents), etc.
I'm getting a little bit paranoid now when using the system under full load, I have an Intel E6600CPU, 2 gigs of RAM, dual 1.5TB Seagate SATA Drives on RAID1, OS drive is a Raptor 36GB 10kRPM drive (using the OS drive as the temp folder in the divx converter settings).
CPU Temp is 68 degrees C when running full load (100% cpu) converting VOB files to DivX Plus HD. My questions are:
-Is this a normal CPU temp for such high loads (it's the stock cooler)
-Should I remove and re-apply thermal grease, or will that make much of a diff?
-What is the normal times for encoding a 4.3 gig folder of VOB files to DivX Plus HD with that kind of setup? Right now, it seems be taking about 2.75 hours per movie, which seems pretty slow to me, but maybe I'm just being paranoid.
My new HP laptop cranks out a DivX Plus HD conversion in about 1 and a half hours, which is so much faster, but it's also a P9400 2.4GHZ processor, so maybe Intel has made some improvements?? I wouldn't think a laptop, even brand new, would be able to smoke my desktop, but maybe there's something i'm missing here! Laptop only has a 5400RPM hard drive, but I don't think disk IO makes any difference in DivX conversion does it?