Originally Posted by mattlb0619
I've been using this psu 24/7 since feb 2011.
I am gonna shut down unplug the raptor drives, set defaults in bios boot back up then change the volts and see what happens.
It looks like I can set it to 1.4 as long as I do it in the bios, if I do it with the ASUS software in the OS it shuts down.
On a side note now that I have the power I need, the temp that shouldn't go over 60c is the core(package in hw monitor) temp not the cpu temp, correct?
Alright, this is your problem. Its highly recommended to not use the OS to change voltage, timing, clock, multiplier, etc etc values. Use the bios, or in other words, the lowest driver level. Using software to edit a bios and flashing is alright because you have to reboot the hardware. What happens with the software is that when your system is booting after POST and the OS is loading it is changing the voltages and clocks real time which creates instability. It will work for small changes like all OS OC software, but it has its limits. With bios changes, the hardware boots at the specified value at the lowest driver level and then attempts to load OS drivers. Its an overall better methodology to set and determine basic system stability when overclocking or underclocking. Your PSU can run all that hardware no problem.
And about your temp questions. Its all a matter of preference, as long as you are at least 10c~ away from the TJmax on load. Temps at 60c+ are alright. It depends how you like your system. Some like it cooler, so they will stop at their desired value. For me I don't mind running my CPU and GPU at 80c. Its not something written in stone with the exception of the TJmax and where throttling occurs (if throttling happens before hitting close to Tjmax). I remember Pentium Ds used to run hot (90c); could fry eggs on them.Edited by megajesus - 6/8/13 at 8:01pm