Originally Posted by rui-no-onna
Oh, I do believe your temperatures. SSD's barely give out any heat so idling at 0-2C above ambient is quite normal. My point is unless the SSD is operating outside of the manufacturer's specified operating temperatures, these temperature readings should be taken with a grain of salt as they're somewhat meaningless without an ambient case temp to compare with.
Besides, I imagine there are folk who knowingly make build design decisions that put greater strain on their hardware. I like tiny, quiet and powerful builds. Heat, higher cost and a shorter than average lifespan are the price I pay for my preference. Still, my money, my decision.
I understand and agree completely. It certainly is a personal preference. (But where did that mad face come from in my quoted text...
For example, I can't stand having a CPU over clocked constantly at its max level, while the PC is idling basically doing nothing. The difference in power consumption and heat between the max OC level, and that with power saving options enabled is huge, and IMO a complete waste. Particularly considering you can "shift gears" on the CPU with a click or two, and go full throttle constantly any time you want to. Haswell processor power consumption at idle using power saving options is incredibly low, if the readings I get are correct.
I wonder if Intel will actually implement and allow "SSD over clocking" that they demonstrated this summer? Of course, most SSDs don't have temperature sensors (afraid to, or just to cheap...) or temp sensors that do nothing (OCZ), so we'll never know how that will affect them.