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Alright, I just wanted to start a discussion of CPU Voltage/Temperature limits...

Why do are many overclockers here so afraid to get their CPU hot?? I mean, the AMD Athlon X2 series has a Maximum temperature of 65°C! So why does everyone always get worked up when their CPU hits 50°C under load?? I mean, you've still got 10-15° of headroom don't you??

Even if your CPU manages to hit 65°C your mobo will (hopefully you've set it) automatically shut your PC down....and I mean 4 seconds at 65°C isn't going to cause any damage, is it? It can't cause your system any more damage than a power failure anyway!

Who's the last person who fried their modern CPU these days, honestly?

Sure a hot CPU would most certainly live a shorter life, it's still unlikely to "die" anytime during it's non-obsolete days.....
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Hehe.

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It's always nice (and wise) to keep a "buffer" range when it comes to temperatures. Personally, 55*C is an absolute max for me but I like to keep (and make a habit) temperatures at 50*C and lower. When I get fancy coolers, I usually do it for lowering temperatures and not as much as for the overclock. It's preference I guess.
In all the reviews testing overclocked CPUs I have seen them load at rather "high" temperatures like 60*C and 65*C. Personally I would never ever let my CPUs reach those numbers, but they obviously can handle those kind of temperatures well.
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Personally, 55*C is an absolute max for me but I like to keep (and make a habit) temperatures at 50*C and lower.
Why? What are you afraid of? A sudden power kill is the worst that can happen, don't you agree? And maybe your CPU will last 5 years instead of 10.... ??
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Agree 100%. I have no problem running a CPU at 60-65C, I'd just rather keep it lower to increase overclock potential.

I ran this 170 at 75C for a couple days before taking the IHS off I lost 30C and gained about 200MHz overclock at the same voltage. So yeah, I don't know why people are afraid of high temps, it will certainly last.. I understand the want for low temps though, overclocks will be higher.
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If you have proper cooling you don't have to worry about temperatures. My cpu fully loaded with dual primes or orthos never gets hotter than 40c. Never. Even when I had it cranking at 3245mhz and 1.65 vcore it did not get any hotter than 40c.

I see your point. But like whats been said, its good to have that buffer zone. But with proper cooling temps should not be a problem.
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I think this discussion applies to voltage too. Don't be afraid to push 1.65-1.7v through those chips I'd still keep it to 1.6-1.65 for 24/7 usage.

Again, I don't run voltages this high because I prefer efficiency.. I like keeping my room and house cool, saving valuable energy, and putting an extra .25v through my processor to get 250MHz isn't my idea of a 'wise investment'
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Quote:
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Why? What are you afraid of? A sudden power kill is the worst that can happen, don't you agree? And maybe your CPU will last 5 years instead of 10.... ??
Preference. I like to see those lower numbers when my CPU is under load .
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post #9 of 23
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Preference. I like to see those lower numbers when my CPU is under load .
Just like that warm fuzzy feeling huh ?
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post #10 of 23
the cooler you keep your cpu the farther it will clock...it just makes sence...

some of the better clocks will run all day long at 50c but may not last 1 hour at 55c...catch my drift...it's all about thermal transfer...
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