Originally Posted by Forceman
If you have Speedstep disabled, then the frequency will never change and the voltage won't either. So you are corect, if you don't have speedstep enabled there is no reason to use an offset voltage. Speedstep and C1E control the frequency and voltage of the CPU as it switches between power states, but that only applies when the CPU is running at default. Once you put in a manual voltage, that will override the default voltage behavior and keep the voltage fixed.
So, I've put in manual voltage, and that keeps the voltage fixed. But, if I switch to "offset", speedstep can do its thing and my voltage can be variable, and I can keep my 47x multiplier?
I guess I need to do some more research on my own. I really appreciate the help, but everything that is said brings up more questions for me. I believe I understand what offset is supposed to do (allow for a variable voltage), but I don't exactly understand how the different parts of the puzzle work together (such as speedstep, C1E, etc.). I have a little bit of a better understanding, but not much. It's ok though, the discussion here has definitely helped.
As far as my usage and max Prime95 core temps.. Well, the whole reason I'm overclocking is for ARMA 3. It's very CPU-intensive, and I wanted to see if I could raise the minimum FPS up a bit, even if it's only by 3-5 FPS.
My average core temps in Prime seem to be around 70-75C, with the max core temp at any given time being 88C (as recorded by realtemp). This is after 6 hours of Prime95, so I feel pretty comfortable with these temps especially given the fact that my normal daily usage (web surfing and playing games) will probably not bring the temps anywhere near that level.
The voltage I'm running is 1.285. I successfully ran Prime for about 17 hours before I realized I didn't run with 90% ram, so I am re-running the test with 90% ram for kicks. Someone suggested using offset instead of manual (maybe that was you), but I don't want to mess with it until I fully understand how it works and it's relationship with other options in the bios (such as speedstep, C1E, etc).