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Overclocked e6600 to 3.2gHz @1.40 vcore idles at 33c intel TAT and 57c 100% load each core via intel TAT..

Isnt that a huge jump in load temps from idle? The comp is in the basement, and its not that hot down there, so i doubt its the ambient temps

I followed the directions for applying the AS5, and i didnt overdo it at all

I'm fine with my idle temps, but is the big jump in load temps a cause for concern?

im looking at either a tuniq tower or a thermalright 120, or should i not even bother because it wont make that much of a difference?

or am i just freaking out and my temps are fine? i see alot of other people with much lower load temps, and i dont get it
post #2 of 11
As long as you're staying under 60C load you're golden as far as chip longevity is concerned. The more extreme aircoolers have two things going for them in addition to low load temps:

- Minimialization of the temperature delta from idle -> load
- With proper application and the right airflow, idle temps hovering a few C above ambient.
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Check the airflow in your case. The Zalman is pretty sensitive to airflow within the case. If you have a good 120mm fan in the front for intake, and a good 120mm fan in the back as exhaust, and unobstructed airflow in the case, you should be fine.

I have both the Zalman and the Tuniq in two different rigs, and the difference in temperatures is negligible.

57C load isn't bad (what do you use to put a load on it?). Also, it depends on the week of the E6600. The F and G versions run cooler in general than the A and B versions.

With the Zalman, you should however be able to stay in the low to mid 50's at 3.2GHz...

Thus, before changing coolers, check airflow in the case. And let me know what you use to put a load on it. Finally, did you mount the heatsink correctly (fan at the right side?)
    
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Check the airflow in your case. The Zalman is pretty sensitive to airflow within the case. If you have a good 120mm fan in the front for intake, and a good 120mm fan in the back as exhaust, and unobstructed airflow in the case, you should be fine.

I have both the Zalman and the Tuniq in two different rigs, and the difference in temperatures is negligible.

57C load isn't bad (what do you use to put a load on it?). Also, it depends on the week of the E6600. The F and G versions run cooler in general than the A and B versions.

With the Zalman, you should however be able to stay in the low to mid 50's at 3.2GHz...

Thus, before changing coolers, check airflow in the case. And let me know what you use to put a load on it. Finally, did you mount the heatsink correctly (fan at the right side?)
case is an ultra aluminus, 120m intake is at the bottom of the case, 120m exhaust is at the mid-rear of the case. I also have an 80m fan blowing onto the zalman on the side window...the zalman is blowing out to the rear exhaust fan (fan on the right)

I am using the tool in TAT that puts 100% stress on each core. When I run orthos stress, i see usually 51-52c load.

Also, Im seeing pretty bad vdroop on my board (msi p6n sli platinum) and thats why i had to put the vcore to 1.4 to get overnight orthos stability....Ive seen alot of people get 3.2 on an e6600 at less voltage

is there a vdroop mod for the msi board? my psu is a thermaltake toughpower 700 modular
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There might be a vdroop... not sure about that.

You're good with temps. TAT puts an extreme load on the CPU; a load that you won't encounter ever anywhere else . The Orthos load temps are good, and I would sit back, relax, and enjoy!

And the vcore... it again depends on which week E6600 you have. I have a G46 and it clocks very well at low voltages until around 3.4GHz... at that point, I need to jack up the volts steeply to get more out of it. A versions need more voltage... while B versions are less demanding...check your version, so we can figure out if your vcore is ok.
    
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There might be a vdroop... not sure about that.

You're good with temps. TAT puts an extreme load on the CPU; a load that you won't encounter ever anywhere else . The Orthos load temps are good, and I would sit back, relax, and enjoy!

And the vcore... it again depends on which week E6600 you have. I have a G46 and it clocks very well at low voltages until around 3.4GHz... at that point, I need to jack up the volts steeply to get more out of it. A versions need more voltage... while B versions are less demanding...check your version, so we can figure out if your vcore is ok.
ill check which week i have when i get home from work tonight and post, thanks again!
post #7 of 11
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checked the box the cpu came in, and it says the batch number is L709A958, so that means its week 9A? How are those chips in terms of volts?
post #8 of 11
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Im starting to wonder if the reason I have to set the volts to 1.408 to get 3.2gHz oc is maybe because of the PSU? I notice in CPUZ that the volts fluctuate alot when sitting there at idle, anywhere from 1.408 - 1.392

However, under load, i see it range from 1.376 - 1.384

The MSI P6N is supposed to be good when it comes to vdroop (again, from various reviews)

PSU is a thermaltake toughpower 700w modular psu. I read good reviews on it, thats why I bought it
post #9 of 11
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tired lowering the voltage to the cpu one step (1.392) and the comp froze at an hour of orthos blend testing, i dont get it, any ideas??

I have the RAM running 1:1, 4-4-4-12-2T (CPU is 356x9)

I guess I have to leave it at 1.408 (9 hours orthos stable)

the other voltages are (not sure if i had to change these but i saw someone else with an e6600 did, so i did as well):

Northbridge: 1.35
FSB VTT: 4%
post #10 of 11
I have the same problem with you. I have a hell of a time getting over 3.0 stable. Same mobo and practically same PSU and my cpu is around the same week as you.
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