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What does it mean for a cpu to fail while overclocking?

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I have just achieved my first on the asus sabertooth x79 mobo and i7 3820. I had set the voltages to offset and the maximum was 1.377v. I have been reading that once your first oc is stable it is best to lower the oc by .5v each time and stress test to the lowest you can go. It also said that once you are to low your cpu will crash. What does it mean for a cpu to crash? Is that normal will I be able to turn my bios on and get last good settings?
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when you crash it could be a freeze,bsod or could just fail the stress test normaly you just have to reboot and up the voltage back up some.
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Thanks for the reply. I just finished stress testing 1.335v for 2 hours with prime95. I am lowering the voltage .5v every time I pass is that good? When I lower voltage does that also lower temps?
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Yea, voltage is the main factor in temperatures

what other OC settings are you using? 1.37v is very high for starting out
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Come on, man-- Tell us about you OC. You know you want to. biggrin.gif
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I only started in the 1.30s because thats what offset mode put it to now I am going down from there. The cpu is i7 3820 so I just put the bclk to 117 and am working on voltages now. If I wanted to get 4.6ghz would I be able to? My cooler is noctua nh-d14 se2011.
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