I've got a Phenom II x6 1090t here, and I'd like to run it at 4.0GHz. I've got it set right now to run at that clock with the voltage set to 1.325v from the stock 3.2GHz with 1.3v, but I'm not so sure if I should leave it like this or not.
According to a lot of people including AMD themselves, the maximum operating temperature of this chip is 62C. Now when I run Prime95 and stress it out, the temps go up to about 65-67C according to CoreTemp. However, I've been thinking about how P95 maxes out the CPU, 100% across all cores. My question is, would it be safe to say that I'll never hit 100% across all 6 cores and simply run this OC anyway? I've played some games (Minecraft, Skyrim, BF3; all cpu-intensive games), and the temps never touched the 50C mark.
Answer by dunfiddlin · Jul 14, 2012 at 11:09 AM
Doctor, Doctor, it hurts when I do this! Well don't do it then!
Overclocking's a gamble, pure and simple. The odds may be stacked in your favour. It could well be very low risk but it is never no risk. You simply have to ask yourself the questions that all gamblers have to ask. Can I deal with the consequences of losing? And is the prize big enough to make it worth it?
Answer by Jackster1337 · Jul 13, 2012 at 10:38 PM
It is safe to over clock as long as you can take the extra head away.
If you are using stock cooler then DO NOT RUN IT OVERCLOCKED!
They are made to work with stock settings.
If you want to OC I would go with a nice cooler that is $30 or more in the tech shops.
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