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Help with Lowering the Core Voltage on a Stable Q9650 Overclock

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Hello one and all who may give me some advice today!

I recently purchased a Q9650 (bought off ebay and already came lapped ) to extend the life of my LGA 775 system. First go, I have a stable 3.6 GHz (from 3.0 stock) overclock and I like the temperatures + speed so I'm going to just stick right around here.

Only thing I was wondering is if I could lower the Voltage Core some to get nicer temperatures. At 70 degrees F (21 C) ambient temperature my 4 core temperatures are around 61, 56, 58, 58. Core0 is always the highest and at most about 6 degrees C higher than whichever the lowest core may be, but from what I've seen googling around, that's not too out of the ordinary.

So first: How are my temperatures currently for air cooling and 20% overclock?

Second: My Core Voltage flips between 1.264 and 1.248 on CPU-Z (CPU-Z Screenshot). This is what my Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P BIOS selected for me with Vcore set to "Auto" (full system specs on my profile). Is this about right, or should I be able to lower this? How far / in what steps do I want to try lowering it?

That will be all for now. Thank you very much for your help; I hope someone remembers a little bit of overclocking know-how about this 'dated' processor!
post #2 of 3
First set the voltage manually in the bios so that it matches up in cpu-z with what it's running at now. There can be a bit of a difference between what you set and the actual voltage. After that just lower the voltage 1 step at a time and test for stability. Repeat until you're no longer stable and go back to the last stable voltages.

Your temps look fine. I always try to stay under 80C while stress testing and under 75C for 24/7 use. Those are my safe temps though, some say stay under 75 or even 70C.
Edited by blazed_1 - 11/4/11 at 4:14am
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Okay cool. I do fold almost 24/7 on this machine so I like to keep it cool. Been doing this with my GPU for quite a while and it's still runnin' fine

Thanks!!
Edited by Monkeyclaw - 11/4/11 at 8:44am
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