Originally Posted by Aph0ticShield
I know that I am pushing back on your guys' answers, but that's just because I want to understand the "why" behind your statements. It seems that many of you are reaching conclusions without any evidence to back it up.
While I understand now from many of you 55c is as high as you should go, how is 55c pushing the chip??
As for an aftermarket HSF, they do break the warranty. I don't really care about that though. AMD also does support overclocking on stock. Right now I'm pretty much broke, so I may to have to stick with stock for a little while longer.
Just to try and help clear it up a little, the reason people use 55c as their max, is that instabilities are more likely to occur over 55c (taking away clock speed and voltages), than they are under it. The same reason it's best to stay under 85c with nVidia cards, even though they're good for up to 105c.
Using it as an anology, if you ran your car at max temperatures all the time, the parts inside it would wear out alot quicker, hoses would go quicker, and it would generally die faster than if the temperatures were nominal.
The same is said for electrical components, while it's safe max rated for 62c, and people have seen 70c, it aint doing the chip any good, it's working at it's thermal threshold and beyond, it'll die faster than it would if under a certain temperature.
PSU's, usually work alot more efficient if under 60c or whatever rated temperature they have, for the same principal reason.
With anything, temperature will play a key factor in it's working and longevity, wherever you saw people say they don't matter, they're idiots. Just saying it how it is.
As far as how your cooler works, there are different types of cooler, your "down-blowing" pushes air down onto the base of the heatsink, which splashes to the MOSFETs and RAM and aids a little in their cooling also.
Heat rises through the fins of the heatsink, the fan cools the heatsink, the cooler the heatsink is, the more efficient the heat is dispersed away from the CPU itself. A cool heatsink, is a cool CPU, or one that's not attached to anything.
The reason people replied without "backing anything up" is because they speak from their experiences, it's not all about reviews and articles, we learn from eachother and by our own mistakes, and what other users have done with their hardware.
The Hyper 212+ is a very good cooler, especially for the price.
Anything over 1.5v will kill your CPU quicker (same with running high temps 24/7) and are ill-advised on Air cooling..
Motherboard's play a key role in overclocking of your CPU's, the voltage goes through the MOSFET's, so try to make sure you have some MOSFET cooling if you push the OC or up the Voltages.
PSU's are the most important part of your system, never cheap out.
You can probably hit 3.6 on 1.35-1.375v, that'll lower your temps a little too.
Anyway, welcome to OCN nontheless, and I hope you get things working well with your processor.
P.S. The last time I saw the word "Aphotic", I'd used it to create a custom item in an RPG I used to play. Nice Edited by EvoBeardy - 12/29/10 at 11:44am