Originally Posted by Chozart
And indeed, these temperatures are defined at the geometric top center of the processor. TAT and Core Temp measure the individual cores, and thus spit out higher temperatures.
There also is little chance of a 25c difference in temperature from the center of the IHS to the cores on the inside. I had similar thoughts that there may be some varience, although my thoughts were closer to 10c or less varience. However, in another thread The Manual provided some insight and information that I found to be logical and supportable that confirms that there is no way an 85c max temp rating for these CPUs can be maintained....especially when overclocking them.
Which is why I urge caution. I may be wrong, or The Manual may be wrong, or anyone else may be wrong. The only difference is, if I am wrong, the blackened shell of a $500 CPU can not be laid on my shoulders. I only give advise that I would feel comfortable doing with my own equipment, and that can be supported.