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What kind of temperatures would kill a Q6600?

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I've had this CPU for about 4 years and it's starting to show its age, so I've decided to overclock it to 3GHz. I don't really care if it dies, because it will force me to upgrade, but at the same time I want to squeeze as much out of it as I can while it lasts. Right now my voltages in the BIOS are set to 1.3 for both the core and the FSB, though the core voltage is reported at around 1.25 in CPU-Z.

Just browsing the web and general use put the temperate at around 60c. Stress testing with Prime95 got it up to 86c at 100% CPU usage. Stress testing with another benchmarking program at 100% CPU usage got it up to 110c before I stopped it, but speedfan was reporting minus temperatures for all the cores so I don't know if that 110c is a genuine reading or not.
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It's most likely that 110c was a correct reading. Considering you're load temps, I'd assume that you're using an Intel Stock Cooler. I'd recommend getting an aftermarket cooler to help you get more out of that CPU. If you're already using one, then try reseating the cooler or replace the thermal paste. Or if it's dusty as hell, then CLEAN it.

I'd also recommend using HWMonitor + CoreTemp/RealTemp to measure hardware temps.

It would also be even better if you could fill in you're system details in your "User CP" above.
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"What kind of temperatures would kill a Q6600? "

Oh, off hand, 1,000,000c would kill it nicely... melt it even...

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If you're using the stock cooler, it could very well be the case that you hit temperatures over 90C. If you're using an after-market cooler, regardless of how cheap or expensive, I'd be shocked if you get that hot on stock volts.

But you need more info--what are your case temperatures/air-flow, what's your ambient temperature, is your heatsink filled with dust?

I think Intel chips thermally-throttle at temperatures above 90C, so unless you noticed insane performance decrease, it was likely an improper read of the sensor.
    
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