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Hello,

I own a Q9550 and recently bought a corsair H60. It's kinda hot with idle temperatures, but it's very hot in Brazil also, so I think that is ok for now...
Now I'm trying some overclockings, but even after some tests I'm still not sure if I'm 100% stable or not.

My PC works 24/7, but it's on idle most of the time (like 18 hours per day).
I did some tests:

5 hours of Prime95 stress testing: higher temperature -> 72ºC
10 times running maximum stress testing on IBT: higher temperature -> 74ºC (it was mostly 70).

I'm running it at Vcore 1.16 (lower than it's default) -> is this safe?
Memory defaults (5-5-5-10)
FSB 380 x 8.5 = 3.22GHz

Am I stable at this point ? Should I stress the processor for a longer time before I try something bigger? I was thinking about trying a FSB of 400 x 8.5 and see if it stays stable like this... What would you recommend ?
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post #2 of 17
Run P95 for at least 12 hours. If its fine after that, then you are stable.
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so 12 hours it is. thanks for the info, I'll do a stress test while going to sleep the next night...

About the voltage, do you think it's safe to keep it under the default? I mean, it was currently set to auto, but auto was 1.20, but I realized I do not need 1.20 to run it on this clocks, so I lowered it.. Can this screw things up, or damage the processor, something like this ?
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Another question: Aren't these temps bad for the cooler/cpu I have?

I mean, I know that the tJmax is 100C, but 74ºC is pretty high on a H60, isn't it ?
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post #5 of 17
What are your ambient temps ? That does seem pretty high. Maybe try a reseat of your cooler. Got some thermal paste lying around ? Also what fans are you using on the h60 far ??

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As long as you pass 12hrs prime and are stable your voltage should be fine.

I know your temps look more than others posted here but your ambient (ie starting/room temp) is higher than most of us as well ( Brasil so must be 38/40c ). as long as you stay 20/30c under Tjmax you should be fine.
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post #7 of 17
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As long as you pass 12hrs prime and are stable your voltage should be fine.

I know your temps look more than others posted here but your ambient (ie starting/room temp) is higher than most of us as well ( Brasil so must be 38/40c ). as long as you stay 20/30c under Tjmax you should be fine.

That's nice to hear!

My ambient temps are now 27ºc-30ºc
Inside the case the temps are 35ºc right now

I'm using the default fan + a 46cfm nzxt fan on the h60... but I already ordered 2x Coolermaster R4 (the ones with 90cfm) and they arrive tomorrow how many degrees do you think I'll be able to gain with this change?
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post #8 of 17
72C still sounds too hot for just 1.16v @ 3.22. I had my Q9550 at 3.9GHZ on 1.38v with a crappy air cooler and my temps were ~75 in P95.
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post #9 of 17
Seems a little hot (maybe you should reseat/paste the heatsink)

Depends on how you setup those fans (ie where and how you use them)

I have case fans:
2 x 120mm front intake fans (1 top / 1 bottom)
1 x 120 side intake fan (gpu)
1 x 92mm side intake fan (north bridge/chipset)
1 x 92mm rear top exhaust fan (cpu)

having moved them around (removed/added fans) this works best for me (i have a temp sensor I can move around inside the case to check temps)

It is more of an art form, and experimenting and testing will show you how your system works best.
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post #10 of 17
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My case fans are:

2x 140mm nzxt tempest evo defaults exhausting air on top
2x 120mm nzxt tempest evo defaults intaking air on the front (the ones with blue leds)
1x 120mm nzxt tempest evo default intaking air on the left panel (gpu)
and those 2 fans I talked about on H60..

Hope these R4's are able to help me fix this temperature..

As I'm concerned about the temps on the CPU I'll try to reseat the block one more time (I've already done this 3 times), because something is really wrong...

I thinkt he temps inside the case are just high because of this crappy 4870 that is hot as hell! Tomorrow my gtx580 arrives

Another thing I was going to ask... I'm going to try to OC this processor until I get stable at at least 3.8ghz.. Do you guys think it will be a bottleneck to the GTX580 I ordered?
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