I'm currently running a 8350 on a M5A99X Evo R 2.0 with a H80i cooler. I've managed to get a stable overclock of 4.5 Ghz at 1.38v however I can't seem to push it further due to socket temps. I've read that people have been able to get 4.5 on stock heat sinks... So I don't know why I can't push this thing further.
Idle on the core is 22~
Idle on the socket is 42~
Load (Prime95) on the core is 48~
Load (Prime95) on the socket is 70~
I've done a lot of reading and correct me if I'm wrong, the core temps thermal limit is 62 and socket limit is 72. I have much more room to push this thing in terms of core temps and voltage, but I can't because of the high socket temp.
Some people say ignore the socket, others say don't. I imagine that my core temps would be higher than what they are if the sink wasn't seated properly with thermal paste and all that.
I just wanted to see what you guys think in terms of pushing it farther and if I can.