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How far is too far? : Q9450 Overclock Help Please.

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I've recently build my new computer, and I have overclocked my Q9450 to 3.0 GHZ; I've run prime for 6 hours non-stop and there have been no stability issues. The processor - under full load - remains constant at 44C. I was wondering how far to push the temperature to achieve a better clock speed?

What temperature should one look for to provide not only performance, but also system stability and longevity?

Please let me know. If you have any questions about my system please let me know (it should list the information below).
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you've got about 20 degrees to work with voltage is more of an issue than temps
    
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Yeah voltage is the only problem with 45nm chips. Do not go above 1.35v.
 
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post #4 of 26
Do what you can to keep the voltage under 1.362 and the temps under 65C at full load. Once that chip burns in with a high voltage like 1.36 it'll most likely be able to the same high speeds at a lower voltage.

Opinion: worked for me at least.

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post #5 of 26
You should probably supply us with more info about your overclock like voltage used, multiplier and what not. But as the others have said, you have plenty of temp to work with, it's just voltage you need to worry about.
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The voltage is at 1.23v

Multiplier is 3016/377 = 8.0
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post #7 of 26
you still have some room to play with then. I would say you can easily go higher. Just dont really go over 1.35V and 60C. Good luck with your overclocking.
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post #9 of 26
Too far on this forum is when it catches fire.
post #10 of 26
I would recomend keeping your FSB/vtt under 1.4 for 24/7
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