Originally Posted by BigdaddyQc
Alright, so still at 4,2 Ghz, i went from 1.265v to 1.190v 2-3 notches at a time, boots fine
i ran p95 for a few minutes between each adjustments
should i run a longer test and leave it like that or continue going down?
still getting temps close to 90 at full load cuz of my stock cooler..
will i see a good improvement on temps with a CM 212 EVO compared to stock cooler?
i would like to get sumthing big like a noctua but im affraid its not gonna fit cuz of the ram
should i just go straight to water?
As with everything it's all about diminishing returns.
I reckon at 1.19v you'll be getting roughly 60-65 at load w/ a Evo 212 (with my chip as a reference, and my chip is average) with ambient being around 20. I did research on watercoolers, mainly the corsair H100/H100i, which are arguably the most popular, and on average it looked like it dropped temperatures by another 10+ degrees.
Now ask yourself if an extra $60 is worth the extra ten degrees. From what I've concluded, running at 90 load is drastic. You definitely should upgrade to a 212 Plus/Evo ASAP. Most people say they're comfortable with 70c-75c at full load. I would get a 212 Evo and call it a day. You can easily get to 4.4 on those things (and not hitting 90 load!).
1.19 sounds like a good place to start stability testing on a 4.2Ghz OC. My 4.2 OC is stable at 1.19 as well. Run P95 for at least 8 hours and knock it down .005v, and run again until you start getting WHEA errors or blue screening.
As for how long to run P95. It depends on your computer's tasks. Personally I'm a gamer and I would say 8-12 hours is sufficient for a stability test. Those who use their computers for business or like the extra peace of mind do 12-24 hours or even more. Make sure you don't get any WHEA errors when testing.
edit: lots of grammar mistakes and choppy sentences. i'm tired
edit2: While I'm on the subject, how does my chip compare to everybody elses? 1.19v is definitely below average in terms of a good chip for 4.2Ghz. Anybody want to estimate on how much voltage 4.4Ghz will require? Or those in my situation have any advice?Edited by vnaut - 4/15/13 at 10:57pm