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i5 2500K overclocking with H80i temps, is this right?

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September 18, 2013 11:39:25 AM

Specs are in my signature, but i've just overclocked my 2500K to 4ghz and running Prime95 (In-place FFTs for max heat/power consumption) gets me 58 to 60 degrees Celsius cooled with a H80i, default thermal paste.
40x multiplier and either 1.20v /1.25 vcore I can't remember :p 
Is this okay, and should i be expecting better performance?
Thanks guys.
a b K Overclocking
September 18, 2013 11:43:32 AM

Your temps are fine. The temp differences between air and water at 4ghz are minimal - maybe 3*. My 2500k runs about 60 at load with a Hyper 212.

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a b K Overclocking
September 18, 2013 2:55:08 PM

You're not quite there yet. You should be able to crank your 2500K up a bit higher. Intel's 32 Nanometer processors are OK up to 1.35 Vcore with Core temperatures in the upper 70's at 22C Ambient.

Although Prime95 Large FFT's states "maximum heat, power consumption, some RAM tested", it's very misleading. That statement actually refers to TOTAL power consumption shared between the processor and memory.

As such, if you observe Large FFT's thermal signature in the "Graphs" in the utility "SpeedFan", you will see that Large FFT's is a fluctuating workload, and does not produce consistent maximum processor temperatures because it is not a steady-state 100% workload.

Large FFT's instead cycles between processor workload, and RAM workloads shared with the processor. "Blend" which is Prime95's default test for memory stability is even more cyclic, and is seen in SpeedFan's "Graphs" as a thermal signature with large fluctuations that looks like a bad day of ups and downs on the Stock Market graph.

Small FFT's is the standard for thermal tesing because it's a steady-state 100% workload that's not shared between other components. Again, this can be seen in SpeedFan's Graphs as a thermal signature which is a smooth and straight line that clearly indicates a steady-state 100% workload.

Other utilities such as LINPACK and OBT (Intel Burn Test is NOT written by Intel) are useful for stability testing, but are not suitable for thermal testing because they have segments that load all registers with all one's, which produces a fluctuating 115% workload. Although the "Performance" Tab in Windows Task Manager can not indicate workloads above 100%, this is instead revealed in SpeedFan's Graphs as temperatures that spike 15% higher than Small FFT's.

Please read this Sticky in the CPU Forum: Intel Temperature Guide - http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-1800828/intel-temp...

Hope this helps,

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