Originally Posted by -MidnightMan-
Also, was in denial after failing the lottery, and sometimes you need your friends to bring you down to earth.
You didn't loose the lottery, you never played at all. You bought a loosing CPU from SL after they played the lottery. Their low offerings seems to be what's left over from the binning process, basically any CPU will do their lowest bin.
I'd just start over, find your vcore wall and sit on the cool side of it if you indent to use the CPU for very long.
My CPU's wall is at 4.7Ghz, after that rational scaling goes out the window. I could easily get more out of it but it's ran this way for several years with no signs of degradation. After 4.5Ghz a 100Mhz increase only equates to about a 2% bump in clockspeed. The higher the clock, the lower the difference with every 100Mhz bump. Example: 100Mhz is a huge bump in performance with a 1Ghz CPU but is negligible with a 5Ghz CPU.
I'd just start over, find your core wall, the cache then ram. Use Small FFT (2 hours) for core and cache then blend (6 hours) once you make it to ram. That 6 hours will test the system as a whole and serves as a final pass.
EDIT: Also your top and bottom pix show the exact same vcore. No point in running a lower clock with the same vcore as the load/amperage+voltage/vcore over time is what will degrade the CPU, not frequency. Those were taken under full load right?