Originally Posted by philhalo66;13443738
thats at stock voltages and clocks, high temps + more voltage= degradation. even if he isn't overclocking thats too high it may be rated for 70C but that doesn't mean AMD recommends keeping it at that temp for extended periods of time.
Actually, it kinda does... they put those recommendations out so that datacentre manufacturers and the like can decide what level of cooling to install. If AMD say that 71C is the max safe temperature, it's the max safe temperature for all load levels, for all time. They can't sell a CPU that's not designed to be run at 100% within the rated temperature limits. It's a conservative estimate as well - further damage due to temperature can only be repeatable verified on old chips such as Northwoods - and laptop processors are routinely rated to higher amounts, despite being fundamentally identical. Yes, the temperatures might be slightly higher than recommended - but $50 worth of cooler is not in any way necessary unless he is overclocking or planning on it.