Originally Posted by Mule928
I asked because I was told that my voltage was too high. I backed down the speed to 4.8 and voltage to 1.45. The Idle temps are still the same, 29-31. Load temps are lower but only on torture tests. Normal use they are about the same. I do have a Silver Arrow with 2 fans. But in addition the case has 4 230 mm fans and 4 120's, so air flow is very good.
Hmm, well. If you "backed down" to 1.45 volts, I can only shudder at the thought of your previous vcore. Hey, wanna try to make one of those videos of cooking an egg on a CPU?
Seriously though, idle temps aren't very useful for the most part. Pray tell, what torture tests do you run, for how long, and what are your load temps? If you mention IBT and anything less than 80C, I'll be thoroughly impressed...
(The Silver Arrow is a really good air cooler, but water cooling serves other purposes besides e-peen, contrary to what some think. )
As overclocker23578 mentioned earlier, high volts will
degrade the chip over time. More voltage = faster death. As per the findings of KaRLiToS, at 1.45V, you are pushing it. There is a reason why Intel didn't clock all their 2500k's at 5.0Ghz and pump >1.45volts through them.
We are talking about silicon chips and circuits, high voltage = high heat which will
degrade the chips over time and affect their lifespans badly.
Also, the number of fans doesn't necessarily indicate good airflow; If I have 8 fans with only two being intake, I'll mostly be pooped airflow wise. Not saying you don't know your case cooling, just saying you should keep that in mind
Anyway, post your temps for Prime/IBTand lets see just how hot your CPU gets (If it hits 80's, kill the test. While 80C won't kill the CPU, I wouldn't recommend it as a healthy temp either. However, for a torture test, 80C isn't too bad. I personally like to keep things under 70C however)
Disclaimer: If IBT or Prime95 makes your system die, it is not my fault... you have been warned Edited by dklimitless - 7/19/11 at 5:20pm