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I just today realized that when rewiring my case I only plugged in 4 pins of my 8 pin connector.

I now am able to up my OC from 3.4 to 3.8 with no voltage changes and even lower temps than before.

for example, before I was idling at 35 and maxing at around 72 in intelburn, now I'm getting this.




My question is, could that long period of time [4-6 weeks] of only 4 pin power have been harmful to my cpu?

Also, how high do you think I'll be able to take my CPU now that I've got it this high on 1.3v?
    
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post #2 of 21
At least do 20 runs to see your maximum temps.

EDIT:

With a Zalman 9500 I'm surprised that you're getting really good temps even with only 5 runs.
Edited by DorkSterr - 4/23/11 at 2:23pm
     
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post #3 of 21
I suggest you add the 8 pin back in before running into complications.
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post #4 of 21
5-10 runs is enough.
And yeah, 4 pins seriously limits overclocking. I blew the 4 pin on my PSU and burnt the socket on a P5WDH by trying to run a QX9650 at 4.2 ghz and 1.45v. 8 pins deliver twice the current with half the heat jammed into a 4 pin connector.
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My Q6600 wont even boot when I plug in full 8 pins into it.
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xPrestonn:

There was no damage done. I mean, using the 4-pin connector instead of the 8 just meant you were limiting the potential, but you weren't starving it.
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post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by DorkSterr View Post
At least do 20 runs to see your maximum temps.

EDIT:

With a Zalman 9500 I'm surprised that you're getting really good temps even with only 5 runs.
Performs surprisingly well for me. Even at my 3.4 and 3.7 OC i was using with 1.3v I would get max temps of 60 when gaming and max temps of 65 if I was 24/7 SMP folding.

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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
xPrestonn:

There was no damage done. I mean, using the 4-pin connector instead of the 8 just meant you were limiting the potential, but you weren't starving it.
Thanks for the answer. I figured it was fine but just wanted a second opinion.
    
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I suggest you add the 8 pin back in before running into complications.
He's saying that he previously only had the 4-pin cable plugged in, but now he has the 8-pin cable plugged in.
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post #9 of 21
You know its said that alot of people think that Zalman makes bad products(which they dont). You can call me pretty much a Zalman Fanboy here as i have pretty much used all of their products that they have had out and had never had an issue with heat or cooling problems. Sorry for the Thread Jacking.

As for the OP, i really dont think you did any damage to your system, but now that you are running with the 8-pin now, you should be able to have a bit more head room for overclocking. like Falken said, you are now making it easier for the current to travel and easing the heat that is produced when upping the voltage.

As for the Zalman 9500, that thing does pretty well for its size. i own 3 of them and do well for light overclocking and stock running.
post #10 of 21
We all make stupid mistakes. But morons don't learn from them.

Worst thing i ever did was try to mount a hard drive in linux that wasn't even in my case. Was on my desk.

Not sure you can damage your CPU by just using 1 4 pin connector.
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