Originally Posted by HavokMR2
It hit 73c for a brief moment while I was stress testing and then I shut off the stress test. Currently at 4.7ghz with no problems. Is there a way I can cool the CPU socket even more? I placed a small 80mm fan thats only 15mm thick on the back side of the motherboard, mounted on the case to blow some air and to circulate airflow back there.
Originally Posted by PepeLapiu
Now, how much.you want to rely on those safety mechanisms, that's a different story.
But they exist, and they work.
Edit: I think some air flow on the front of your socket, and around your block, would help more than on the back off the board.
I generally recommend not relying on fail-safes, but know which ones you have. Try to keep your socket temps down, if you can't through some exigent circumstances, fine, but know if your motherboard has a thermal cut off for the socket overheating - if it doesn't, I'd likely either back off the OC or....
If I'm really pushing to get max clocks out of an OC, I'll usually pick up a 40 or 50mm fan, and mount it to the VRM heatsink by the rear I/O panel, blowing air away from the back of the case, towards the socket. Cools the VRM (I had a socket 1366 EVGA board it took 9C off the VRM temps) and drops the socket temp a few degrees too. Just make sure the fan is aimed downward at the circuit board around the socket, not parallel to the board over the socket.