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I read this guide on overclocking (http://www.cyb3rglitch.com/Overclock...k-CPUs-RAM.php) and it says if the CPU gets over 60 degrees celcius, to stop the overclock.

Well, I have a Intel Quad Q9300 and even when the CPU is at 2.5GHz (stock), the cores of the CPU are always around 40-50 degrees idle with the stock fan. When it's a game, the core temps are around high 40's to low 60's.
But when I look at the actual CPU temperature (not the temp of each individual core) it's only about 19-21 degrees.

So is it safe to continue overclocking even though the cores of the CPU are pretty hot at stock speed?

Thanks.
post #2 of 7
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I read this guide on overclocking (http://www.cyb3rglitch.com/Overclock...k-CPUs-RAM.php) and it says if the CPU gets over 60 degrees celcius, to stop the overclock.

Well, I have a Intel Quad Q9300 and even when the CPU is at 2.5GHz (stock), the cores of the CPU are always around 40-50 degrees idle with the stock fan. When it's a game, the core temps are around high 40's to low 60's.
But when I look at the actual CPU temperature (not the temp of each individual core) it's only about 19-21 degrees.

So is it safe to continue overclocking even though the cores of the CPU are pretty hot at stock speed?

Thanks.
Yea you should be ok. I'd recommend better cooling but that's not too bad.
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Your processor isn't running at 19-21 deg with stock cooling. What you need to do is get prime95 and do a stress test, and meanwhile check the temperatures in Real Temp for the real temps.

Also unless the guide was written specifically for your processor there is no general temperature that is the max for all CPUs, rather you need to do research as to what is safe for your CPU.
    
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And replace the stock cooler. It's not really designed for the additional heat generated when overclocking.
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post #5 of 7
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Thanks for all that. I am running prime95 on all 4 cores now and willl report back later with the data. Also, it is running 19-21 degrees with stock cooling. It might be cause my room is the coldest one and it's winter here.
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stock cooling is not enough for major overclocking but it is enough for a modest oc. if you want to go further or just to be safe you should get yourself an aftermarket cooler. also i've heard that 70C is the thermal limit for most chips but correct me if im wrong since its different for each chip/
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Okay, after running Prime95, Real Temp and SpeedFan all at the same time, the CPU temp went to 60 degrees and then later got a little higher. The cores varied from high 70's to mid to high 90's.

I guess I'm buying a better fan and heatsink.
I looked at the top rated ones on newegg, and most people with Q9300's said that there temps didn'tchange that much at all.

Can anyone recommend me a good fan+heatsink?
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