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50 - 55c a safe overclock?

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by Irish_PXzyan, Jan 30, 2008.

  1. Irish_PXzyan

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    Hey guys.

    Just wondering if 50-55c is safe for the CPU?
    Am I doing long term damage to this CPU?
     
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    It is safe to run up to 85c on C2Ds I know... but I always get scared at anything over 60c. My answer is that is high for that type of CPU... but I think you will be fine.
     
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    50-55c should be plenty fine on a CPU, just keep it below 60C (my highest target, and preference goal to stay below). And the damage that temp does won't probably be noticed until years after you've sold it imo.
     
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    Thanks guys thats a huge relief :D
     
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    55c load? yes, definately
     
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    I get 48-51c idle..surfing the web and stuff like that.
    50-55c while gaming. Such as COD4, Supreme Commander.

    I will buy a new CASE in a month or too..brother has the same rig as me and overclocked to 3.0Ghz also..he gets 42c TOPS..which is outstanding! he has an AEROCOOL Extreme Engine case. So I will have to buy one of them :p
     
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    Anytime you oc a cpu, you are doing long term damage. It may take years to actually foul up the cpu, but my official answer is yes.

    BUT if you really think about it, you will probably want a new cpu in the next couple of years anyway...well, I would.

    AND like the others have said, 50-55 degrees in safe.
     
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    55c should be fine. My tolerance is anything under 60c will be fine for a few years. Now if your running 24/7 F@H, it may be a shorter life than that.
     
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    i think it should be fine. but i don't like to see my CPU hit 40c under 100% load.
     
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    I will more than likely buy a new CPU this time next year again :p like many people here..I am attracted by the new CPUs on the way out at the end of the year :p

    My PC is on for around 14 hours a day! Hope that aint so bad :p
     
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    Is it doing anything stressful while its on each day?
     
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    The only thing that would really test this rig would be playing games.

    I only surf the web, PC gaming...thats about it :p
     
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    Your fine.
     
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    If I got a new case and temps are no higher than 42c full load...would I be able to overclock some more?
     
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    That's a good way to look at it! Depends on your hardware, but the looks of your hardware leads me to believe you can get some more out of it if you can get those temps down a tad.

    :toast:
     
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    If you have multiplier go down when idle, then it's even better. Mine is 70C (coretemp, 55C speedfan) on load and this CPU has been on 9months 24/7. But it runs on 2GHz most of the time, because of the C1E, so I'm not worried even slightest. Your is 6 series, so it should run lower temps, like it is :)
     
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    most newer Intels (that I know of) have a tendancy to clock themselves down in some form - sometimes it'll buggar an OC, sometimes it won't (for example, my P4 vCore will drop considerably at idle). If this is the case, the only time you'll really be stressing the CPU due to an OC will be under full load (i.e. gaming).

    You should still defi be alright with those temps, though.
     
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    That would be the Intel Speedstep or EIST nowadays.
     
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    Have you run Orthos/Prim95 ?? Let those babies run for a bit and then see if your temp still is at 50-55. Run the small FFT's (the CPU stress test).
     
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    Thanks lads!

    I ran Prime95 for around 2 hours and it reached 60c.

    I guess its fine for now :p
     
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    48-51c IDLE ... thats hot for a IDLE.. im running a low OC for my q6600 (3.2ghz) and i idle at about 32c - and about 55c full load at 21c ambiant ..... what vcore are you running??? i am using 1.25v for 3.2ghz .....
     
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    I never touched anything! the only thing I touched was going from 266 to 333. SHould I have changed something?
     
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    It would be more accurate to say that anytime you operate a CPU at all you are doing long term damage, and overclocking--in particular boosting the voltage beyond spec--hastens that process.

    Here's some interesting reading that could be relevant.
     
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    Well yea I know that when you overclock you will loose a few or many years! I just want my CPU to be abel to last 2 years at most!
     
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    The best CPU bench I've found out there is running the F@H client. There is absolutely NO room for error. Where your CPU might be stable enough to run Prime95 or any other CPU intensive app - it might fail miserably handling F@H.

    But, for me though, it's personal preference. I just prefer the knowledge that my OCed CPU is still 100% accurate.
     

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