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i7 2600k safe vcore for 4.4GHz OC?

I want to know if it's safe to run 1.312V 24/7 being idle. I noticed that when I put my computer into high performance plan the overclock works better and always reaches 4.4GHz and hence faster. The only problem is that the vcore never goes below 1.312V even when all applications are closed and your idle doing nothing. Will this degrade the CPU being constant?
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    Priva said:
    I want to know if it's safe to run 1.312V 24/7 being idle. I noticed that when I put my computer into high performance plan the overclock works better and always reaches 4.4GHz and hence faster. The only problem is that the vcore never goes below 1.312V even when all applications are closed and your idle doing nothing. Will this degrade the CPU being constant?

    Nope, don't worry about it.

    1) Those are perfectly safe voltages.

    2) Voltage doesn't harm your CPU, it's the current resulting from high voltage that will. However, there won't be a high current at idle, so it's not really "always on." Well, according to the physics anyway.

    I don't think you have anything to worry about! :)
  2. DonQuixoteMC said:
    Priva said:
    I want to know if it's safe to run 1.312V 24/7 being idle. I noticed that when I put my computer into high performance plan the overclock works better and always reaches 4.4GHz and hence faster. The only problem is that the vcore never goes below 1.312V even when all applications are closed and your idle doing nothing. Will this degrade the CPU being constant?

    Nope, don't worry about it.

    1) Those are perfectly safe voltages.

    2) Voltage doesn't harm your CPU, it's the current resulting from high voltage that will. However, there won't be a high current at idle, so it's not really "always on." Well, according to the physics anyway.

    I don't think you have anything to worry about! :)


    Thank you. Out of curiosity, do most people who overclock their CPU using Windows 7 use High Performance Plan?
    If so, are there any specific tweaks I should be using for that plan?
  3. Wait, are you talking about a high performance energy plan? In like, the windows power saving feature? Or a higher performance plan in your BIOS?

    I'm not entirely sure which you mean.
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    Thank you. Out of curiosity, do most people who overclock their CPU using Windows 7 use High Performance Plan?
    If so, are there any specific tweaks I should be using for that plan?


    I use the "Balanced" option and my CPU slows down to 0.8 to 1.2 GHz when I am idling or doing low load tasks. Vcore drops to 0.7 to 0.8 v. also. If I do something that suddenly puts a high load on the CPU, the clock jumps to 4.6 GHz and the Vcore goes to 1.300. System is always snappy and responsive.

    I see no need to OC and run high Vcore when I am just looking at Tom's with 10 tabs open in Firefox and MS Outlook running on the side. JMHO.

    Yogi
  5. That's a good point. I see what he's saying now. Yeah, when you're in a game or doing something that needs a lot of processing power, just set it to high performance. Otherwise, it sounds like balanced will do fine.
  6. DonQuixoteMC said:
    That's a good point. I see what he's saying now. Yeah, when you're in a game or doing something that needs a lot of processing power, just set it to high performance. Otherwise, it sounds like balanced will do fine.

    Yeah that's what I meant a windows power plan. I use Balanced when i'm using low load applications like browsing the internet. Under high load (games, programming in visual studio, etc.) I bump it up to High Performance for faster response. And under stress testing I use high performance otherwise I will get BSOD because my vcore is set to 1.200 i'm just using LLC due to vdrop causing bsod. 0.90V works just fine idle @ 4.4GHz on balanced. stress testing is instant bsod with balanced. But i'm fine with switching plans when using low load apps been testing it for 2 hours now on high performance and it seems to be stable so far just going to give it another 6 hours.
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