Originally Posted by Evil Penguin
The people complaining about IBT are probably the same people that can't pass it with their desired clock speeds.
They can spin it however they want, they're not stable.
My thoughts exactly.
Personally I don't rely on IBT alone, but when finding stable voltages for my overclock, I use it exclusively first, and when I go too low that I fail, I increase the voltage by 2 notches and then run IBT again. If it passes, that's when I run Prime95 for as long as I can.
I don't see the point of running Prime95 for 8 hours for every single voltage that I try. That would take me weeks before I find my stable voltage, when I could use IBT for the preliminaries and then both IBT and Prime95 for the final stable voltage.
Now back to the topic, is 1.3125V really too high that it can roast my VRMs? I've seen people here run 1.6V with their Q6600s and yes, given that they have better VRM cooling, that's still much higher than 1.3125, which I believe is the stock voltage for some people with Q6600s that have particularly high VIDs.
Also, it came to my attention that I wouldn't really be able to test how effective my VRM heatsinks would be, since unlike core temps which show up on HWMonitor, no such sensors are directly attached to the VRMs (on my board at least).
How would I know that once I get VRM heatsinks, my VRMs would run cooler? I'll sniff around once again? What if by the time I sense a faint smell, I've already fried my VRMs?