Originally Posted by Timothy003
Okay, I've reset everything and set Ai Overclock Tuner to X.M.P. Thanks for the help. Idle temps are now 33-34-36-35, load temps 63-71-72-70.
I always read the instructions carefully before using products, but this cooler was a real challenge to install. The first time, I followed a video that suggested to install it by setting the cooler upside down and placing the motherboard down on it. The second time, I put the motherboard on two boxes and put the cooler on, screwing it in from underneath. I cleaned off the thermal residue for the second installation but used the same line application method. I also tightened the screws as hard as I could. This makes other coolers' installation procedures look like Fisher Price. I think I'll just buy a new cooler.
Those temps are more like it, though that's not much lower than I get at 4.5 GHz, what's your stock Vcore there? Provided you don't have a really high stock VID, which would just be unfortunate, you do have a temperature issue going on. I would recommend buying some new TIM (if you don't have any already), reapplying it and giving it one more go with your Mugen 2, because it does look like the sort of cooler that should be giving you much lower temperatures than it is. To be honest my cooler is a pain to fit as well, I think most of them are. Fortunately, if you do it well you shouldn't have to do it again for a while. Also, check your case airflow and check it for dust while you're at it - make sure it's not tucked away where it can't suck in clean air too.
If all of that fails, maybe the cooler is not as good as it looks, and it's time to grab a new one. I can certainly recommend mine, though there's a slightly newer model out - the 212 EVO - that you might as well pick up since it's usually a similar price. I would say that, on average, you should be able to get to 4.4-4.6GHz with a 212, whilst keeping temperatures well within safe limits. Of course you can spend more and get a Silver Arrow, an NH-D14, or a Corsair Hydro, but there's a big price difference so it's only worth it if you want a big overclock.
Originally Posted by Nanaya Ryougi
Heya everyone. Recently finished my build, and thanks to some EXTREMELY helpful OCN members (TwoCables and CL3P20 come to mind, as well as others), I've finally been able to stabilize my i7. Hopefully this image matches your requests. Ended up hitting 15 hours due to workplace delays.
Don't mind the resolution, I got a monitor on Black Friday that turned out to be a dud.
Crikey, you could do with a higher resolution there
Nice overclock though, just got 4.5 GHz stable myself
Looks like I need to double check my RAM settings (doubt that will have an effect on stability), and I need to switch to offset mode too. Apart from that, hopefully I'm good to keep this clock. I need to reseat my cooler before trying to go higher though, which may mean buying some new thermal paste.Late addition to post:
Thanks Sashimi, as you can see I've got it stable for 13 hours. That's good enough for me, I've never had any issues with something being stable for that long in Prime!