The last few days I experienced unexpected shutdowns due to overheating (especially while gaming) and this hasn't been an issue for ~3 years now. It started with a failed windows driver and while troubleshooting it I reset my BIOS settings among other things (hdd cable swapping, reinstalled cards/cartiges etc. nothing too invasive), so I'm not sure what really caused it (settings or something else).
It gets pretty hot really quickly under load (~10min) and reaches 70 deg C at which point it shuts down.
Here are my CPU details from CPU-Z:
Note I got the screenshot under almost idle load, and the multiplier is still skyrocketed.
I also just disabled cores 3 and 4 from BIOS and forgot to turn them on again.
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I'm considering buying a new heatsink to counteract the overheating, but it's still weird that it only started failing recently.
Any thoughts guys? I'm pretty desperate!
Edited by ougas - 7/13/13 at 9:17pm