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The problem that I am having is that I have a FX-8120 and two 6790's. When I run games with cpu at 4.6Ghz I get fps around 30-40fps but when I overclock to 4.94GHz (unstable but am able to play games no problem) the fps goes to (70-80).

I cannot run Prime95 for more than a few minutes before the cpu get way to hot (60C) when at 4.94GHz but when playing games like BF3 and MW3 it doesn't go over 40C.

When I am at 4.6GHz can run Prime95 for hours and the temp wont get close to 55C.

Any thoughts? Is it okay to run unstable system for gaming only? How does this effect my system?
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post #2 of 29
No it's not because you will corrupt vital data over time and could cause harm to the hardware over a period of time.
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post #3 of 29
I'd try to find a higher stable clock. That's a pretty big gap between stable and unstable. Even if you're just gaming, instability can cause all sorts of frustrations (games crashing, BSOD, data corruption, etc).

60C isn't all that hot anyway. I wouldn't worry about it until you start to push 70C.
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post #4 of 29
No. It is not ideal in any way to run unstable components.
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I wouldn't necessarily worry about system damage, but potential data loss is annoying.
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post #6 of 29
No thats just a bad idea overall. if temps are the problem get better fans / new cooler.
    
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post #7 of 29
do you like blue screens while defusing bombs?
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post #8 of 29
No problem, what is game stable isn't necessarily prime stable. Stressing software like that is not real world useage unless you fold or something. If its stable for gaming than its stable for your useage. As long as volts aren't astronomical I say run it! This is OCN!

As long as your aware that it could crash on you and willing to take that risk who cares right?

Reading it sounds like you're stable in prime, just hotter than you like. Sounds like its fine to me.
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post #9 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by LuckySe7ens View Post

No problem, what is game stable isn't necessarily prime stable. Stressing software like that is not real world useage unless you fold or something. If its stable for gaming than its stable for your useage. As long as volts aren't astronomical I say run it! This is OCN!
As long as your aware that it could crash on you and willing to take that risk who cares right?
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^^ I second this..+ it's an amd cpu..they don't like prime so much..
 
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I say return that thing and get a 2500k.
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