First overclock: E8400. What is safe?

I have an E8400 and have been running Prime95 for 15 minutes as I'm posting this (lol. Yes I will run it for a long period of time... just not right now ;) ) I raised the bus speed to 380.0 MHZ x9 = 3420 Mhz, and my core voltage right now is 1.36v and the CPU is hitting 58ºC tops with an average of about ~54ºC. What temps should I start to worry about?

E8400
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro
GA-EP35-DS3L

Thanks.
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  1. keeping it half way of tj is ok for max temp, start worrying when theres 20ºC-30ºC difference from tj max.
  2. Ok, let me explain: This is my first overclock... ever. What is TJ Max? My distance from it is 36... whatever that means.
  3. doomsdaydave11 said:
    I have an E8400 and have been running Prime95 for 15 minutes as I'm posting this (lol. Yes I will run it for a long period of time... just not right now ;) ) I raised the bus speed to 380.0 MHZ x9 = 3420 Mhz, and my core voltage right now is 1.36v and the CPU is hitting 58ºC tops with an average of about ~54ºC. What temps should I start to worry about?

    E8400
    Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro
    GA-EP35-DS3L

    Thanks.



    Reduce the voltage if you can. I have 1.344 V for 800 Mhz overclock with Q6600. In your case, 420 Mhz for 1.36 V is a lot, i think. Reduce the voltage or increase the frequency. then run the prime test.
  4. its the estimated temp if reached, will cause crashes and may fry the cpu
  5. Dude really i have an e8400 with EP35C-DS3R

    I can run it at 3.6GHz with only the slightest voltage increase! Like 2 incraments above the default voltage.

    If anything Put 1.25V in the BIOS and 400MHz FSB you will do FINE i was running orthos for 2 hours!

    Well thats with my e8400. AS they are all different, your results may differ, but really 1.36 V is WAY TOO HIGH! I would get 4.0GHz+ at that voltage!

    REgards
  6. I did 9x400 (3.6GHz) and left everything else stock. Works fine. Running 25/26C at idle (with RealTemp), 10C more with CoreTemp.
  7. that voltage is way to high for that speed.I'm running mine at 3.6 ghz with 1.18125 vcore voltage.
  8. alex_oneill2006 said:
    Dude really i have an e8400 with EP35C-DS3R

    I can run it at 3.6GHz with only the slightest voltage increase! Like 2 incraments above the default voltage.

    If anything Put 1.25V in the BIOS and 400MHz FSB you will do FINE i was running orthos for 2 hours!

    Well thats with my e8400. AS they are all different, your results may differ, but really 1.36 V is WAY TOO HIGH! I would get 4.0GHz+ at that voltage!

    REgards
    lol. Ok ok, I'll tone the voltage back to maybe 1.2v~1.25v and take the FSB up to 400Mhz. I just did what the BIOS told me to! It said turn off this, turn off that, enable this, enable that. Set this on auto... I did so, and when I took the FSB up to 380, it did that automatically. How high do you think I could get with my specs? I have 4GB of Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800 if that makes a difference. I need my computer to:

    Last me at least 2.5 years at that speed.
    Be completely stable under 100 percent loads whilst doing huge video transcoding
  9. doomsdaydave11 said:
    I have an E8400 and have been running Prime95 for 15 minutes as I'm posting this (lol. Yes I will run it for a long period of time... just not right now ;) ) I raised the bus speed to 380.0 MHZ x9 = 3420 Mhz, and my core voltage right now is 1.36v and the CPU is hitting 58ºC tops with an average of about ~54ºC. What temps should I start to worry about?

    E8400
    Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro
    GA-EP35-DS3L

    Thanks.

    Suggestion for a 3.6 o'c
    set vcore to 1.275 and see what happens, don't change anything else
    you can go down a notch at a time if stable at 1.275
    I set mine at 1.262 for 1.216 actual in cpuz

    E8400
    Artic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro
    GA-P35-DS3L
  10. Hi, I have an 8400 on an ASUS P5K-E Board. My max OC was 3.6 with Cosair 6400 ram, I just upgraded to 4gigs of OCZ 8500, and just went up some more, now currently running 3.96@ 1.168 Volts. I notice a huge improvement in the new ASUS boards from my older Gigabyte board and ECS (junk) board. I bet I still have room to go. But that is all for tonight, going to let orthos run... oh SpeedFan and HWmonitor show CPU temp @ 32 idle and Cores @ 44&37
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