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I've been trying to achieve a stable OC over 3GHz for the better part of this past week with my setup, and am starting to feel like that's just not going to happen. For some reason, though, I just do not feel satisfied having to settle with that. One of my more recent OC settings had me at 3.33GHz with decent temps, but Windows would lock up between 40-60 mins of running ORTHOS.

I do not do any really demanding applications other than occasionally recording a 1-2 hour DJ set using Adobe Audition, but I also have a laptop I could use for that purpose instead. I do gaming on this PC, though, and am wondering if I'm likely to experience lock ups with the 3.33 GHz settings? Does gaming cause a constant 100% load on the CPU like these stress tests do, or do the loads fluctuate (and hopefully be enough to not cause the computer to lock up)? I suppose the games played may make a difference, and I probably will be out of luck, because I'll be playing Crysis and Age of Conan, and whatever else is the hottest, new, high-end game.

I suppose there's only one way to tell, and to try it myself, but just wondering if anyone else has any experience in this sort of situation.
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Whenever I was only about 1 hour stable games never behaved, they either crashed, BSOD, restarted computer or froze.
     
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Yeah, I figured as much. Might still give it an attempt if I cannot find a good, stable setting, just to see if my mileage varies in that regard... you never know.
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Personally, and I might get flamed for this, I only "stress test" using 3dMark06, superpi 32million calc., and Folding@Home SMP client. If it makes it using any, or all the above apps, chances are it can handle about anything, IMO.
Edited by 70_Malibu - 6/17/08 at 9:57am
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post #5 of 11
well games can`t stress yr CPU 100%, at least not all the time...They are better for checking how is yr GPU overclock standing...Different games use processor power differently..and stress programs are specificaly made for bringing pain to your processor...
Btw, what are your temperatures during stress, load temps?
and how much voltage you supplied to it?
Edited by wolfy87 - 6/17/08 at 2:32pm
    
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Well, I'm getting closer with my current settings. Left it testing while at work today, and I came home to find Windows locked up at around 6 & 1/2 hours. I'd rather have found it not locked up at all, but at least it's getting better, and I can probably use the settings as is, since I definitely will not be doing any 7 hour gaming sessions. I bumped up the VCore 1 setting, and am at it again. I won't be able to dedicate a long run now, because I'm going to try a different seating arrangement of my HS, and while I'm at it I'm thinking I might lap the CPU and HS to hopefully get even better temps.

My current temp is 64 degrees on load with my VCore showing 1.4V in CPUz, and I've done the VDROOP pencil mod, so there's no fluctuation.
Edited by RShannonCA - 6/17/08 at 3:29pm
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high temp must admit...and Vend2 is great HSF...do you have enough airflow?
What are yr ambient temps?
    
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Well basically if my PC can run crysis, 3dmark 06, or convert videos(shows 80-100% CPU useage) then i consider it stable.
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well from what i have read and been told. Minimum prime 95 each core for 12 hours is considered stable. If you want your rig to be stable, perform to its potential, and have much less problems with it. I suggest the minimum stress test stability.
I am currently 30 min away from 12 hours prime 95 stress test myself.
24 hours + is when you get real stability *considered by most hardcore oc enthusiasts.*
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I used to have a socket 478 P4 that won't pass any stress test after overclocking... but hell, I overclocked it and used it for 2+ years without single problem of crashing/dying during game play.

as for my new Q6600, I had only ran Prime95 for half hour and I called it "stable" my self. I've been using the same overclocked setting in the past 3 weeks and I have NOT experienced any crash or abnormal activity either.

that's just my own experience.
    
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