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Can anyone else tell if their overclock is unstable before anything goes wrong?

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Now that I've been at overclocking for a little while, I'm starting to learn when my chip doesn't like the things I do. If my overclock is unstable, it will often run far slower than when it is stable, so I know, before even opening prime, that its a bad OC, and I just restart it. At first I ignored the hunch, but I was right every time. Why does an unstable overclock run slower than a stable one?
    
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Generally I can't tell with my setup unless programs crash.

Think of it like you need to walk across a room and you trip a few times, thus, taking longer.
    
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or you can think of it in the sens that your processor is requiring more voltage, or less in some cases, but it isn't getting enough or is getting too much and the heat or loss of power causes it to stutter and have to reprocess some of the things it's doing...I can usually tell by how it loads the widgets on my desktop
    
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Why does an unstable overclock run slower than a stable one?
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I can't really tell without a stress-test. I'd run 3.6GHz @ 1.12v or something like that without using a single stress test lol
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Usually IBT will alert you of instability before it BSOD's.
    
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Originally Posted by snelan View Post
Usually IBT will alert you of instability before it BSOD's.
I found it to be the opposite. it usually BSODs while p95 stops workers.
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