I'm not sure it's a faulty core, although I don't know enough about it to rule it out.
See, OCCT ran to 15 minutes until the heat (62C) freaked it out and it shut down. Now it runs for 5 minutes and gives me a Code 1 error at 50C. This is not what I experienced before I changed coolers. I have had difficulty finding an explanation for Code 1 on the itnernets, but what I've found hints at OCCt having troubles rather than a simple core or RAM issue.
So - TF2 can be played for hours. I can stream videos, transcode videos, browse the net, play ETQW/SupCom until the cows come home, but only 30 minutes of AoC. This is the second processor I've had - I RMA'd the first one as faulty. Surely I can't get 2 faulty CPUs? What're the chances of that?
I haven't physically checked the voltage as I don't own a multimeter and wouldn't know where to stick it (har har) if I did
Anyone suggest any software that might help us rule out the faulty core theory? I've got Prime95 running at the moment. Seems happy enough with that... but OCCT bugs out. Oh, and it passes the AMD Stability test (12 hours) from AMD OD.