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Is it safe to overclock than after gaming to go back to stock settings?

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Is it safe to go back and fourth from an amd phenom II x4 965 @ 3.8ghz to 3.4ghz daily. Or does this hurt the cpu overtime doing that daily?
post #2 of 18
No its perfectly safe. As long as you do not overvolt the CPU thumb.gif
post #3 of 18
Why not just leave it at the 3.8Ghz?
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Why not just leave it at the 3.8Ghz?

It runs hot at 3.8ghz, plus it increases electricity and wastes money. I'm close to around 38-40 at idle at 3.8ghz and at max it sometimes hits 62!!! 62 is a bit hot for an Amd Phenom II x4 965. biggrin.gif
post #5 of 18
Run K10stat so you can overclock when you need it, then automatically drop the multi down on the desktop. Similar to CoolnQuiet, but much more customizable. I have mine increase in speed from 700, 1400, 2600, 3400 Mhz depending on CPU load.
 
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Just so you are aware, the difference in power usage is so small you would have to run the machine at 100% usage for 24 hours a day, for a month to notice a difference.

Power usage only goes up with a voltage increase.

As for your temps. they are fine, the Max safe operating temp is 62 Celsius.
post #7 of 18
It does not hurt your chip at all. Many people do this. People, like me, enable C1E in the BIOS.. It lowers your CPU down while you're just browsing or idling. When you game, it'll go up to your overclock. All automatically.
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post #8 of 18
Perfectly safe, because that happens by design on almost all the current gen CPUs.

For example,
Core i7 2600K

Idle clock: 1600MHz
Rated clock: 3400MHz
Load clock: 3500 ~ 3800MHz
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Just so you are aware, the difference in power usage is so small you would have to run the machine at 100% usage for 24 hours a day, for a month to notice a difference.
Power usage only goes up with a voltage increase.
As for your temps. they are fine, the Max safe operating temp is 62 Celsius.

I'm at 1.5 volts when I am at 3.8ghz!!! So, I'm using a good amount of volts. Plus, my computer is on a lot. Maybe 12-14 hours a day.
post #10 of 18
Can't you lower the voltage?

Plus, enable C1E like someone else said
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