I was able to take my E7200 to 3.24 GHz wih the stock HSF and with temps below 65Â°C. The problem I saw is that my cpu fan was running @ 100%, making a lot of noise. When I upgraded to the Thermaltake I have now, I reduced the temps by 5-7Â°C if I let it run @ 100%.
Or, I kept my temps at 65Â°C, but the fan runs at lower speed, making lower noise, which I like.
I Overclocked my 5200 to 3.5 ghz with the stock fan & used this oc for 4 months.
A lot depends on your chip(vid) & temps.My core temps under real world apps(gaming,video encoding,...)was less than 60 CÂ°.Tbh,this was in the fall & winter of last year.
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