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I know I said I wasn't going to OC because the extra heat didn't make up for the added performance, but I decided that if I could find a stable OC that could stay under 70C @ load on air, I would run that. Well here is what I found, just looking for any additional input.

CPU-Z... let me know if there is any additional info you need. CE1 is off, HT is on, QPI/PLL volt is same as CPU volt, RAM voltage is 1.65... anything else?

Question: how long to run prime95 before declaring it "stable"? I ran it for 3 hours without issue, temps maxed out at 69C (I was happy with that).

I tried for 3.8 but I can't get that stable without exceeding 70C. 4.0 is out of the question until I get some better cooling.

Thanks,
Glenn

Edited by Techprimus - 5/23/11 at 8:07am
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post #2 of 5
Stability is a matter of personal preference really. Some people swear by a good old fasion 12 hours of solid prime, other like to mix and match stressing tools and play games too. Personally I think the latter works better.

But 3 hours looks pretty stable.
 
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Imo stress testing for 12 hours is pointless. You can stress test for 12 hours and your system will bsod at idle, so if it is fully stable after 1-2 hours of prime and 20 passes of intel burn test you are about as close as you will get to fully stable
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Stability is a matter of personal preference really. Some people swear by a good old fasion 12 hours of solid prime, other like to mix and match stressing tools and play games too. Personally I think the latter works better.

But 3 hours looks pretty stable.
Does it make a difference if toward the end of that 3 hours I forgot I was running prime and played Crysis 2 for 30 minutes before getting suspicious of sluggish gameplay? (still didn't BSOD)
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That shouldn't matter too much. If you can go for 3 (or 2.5 hours), then you're pretty stable. If you really wanted to prove that you were 100% stable and you pushed your chip to the very edge of it limits, then you'd want to run Prime for 24 hours. But for what you've done, 2.5 hours is a long enough time to determine that your system is quite stable.
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