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Does an OCed CPU produce extra heat even when it's idle?

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June 23, 2010 2:36:44 AM

Say, I have Cool N Quiet enabled so that when it's idle, it's not even reaching it's stock speed. Will it only give off extra heat when I'm gaming and it's actually running at its OCed speed?

I'm just curious as I have my computer idle A LOT more than when I'm gaming so yeah...
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June 23, 2010 2:49:52 AM

Yes, if you look at CPU-z, you can see your voltages fluctuate... the lower the voltage, the lower the temps. Load also effects temp... but in your situation especially with C&Q on, less load means less voltage.
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June 23, 2010 3:12:11 AM

Yeah, it'll create more heat when OC'd than when running at stock speeds, just due to the higher voltage.
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June 23, 2010 9:10:29 AM

I wish it wouldn't heat it up or id stay overclocked forever
June 23, 2010 5:51:11 PM

It will only produce extra heat @ idle if you have bumped up the voltage...
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June 23, 2010 7:37:02 PM

Not all electricity that passes through the CPU is consumed. Though all electricity consumed is converted into heat. Bumping up voltage would increase the amount of electricity that passes through the CPU and since the CPU is a collection of transistors, electricity can't simply pass through as easily as standard copper wires and some electricity would be lost in the process.
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June 25, 2010 10:51:39 AM

... and converted to heat.

On my CPU's, I disable SpeedStep, get good stable OC settings, test, then reenable SpeedStep just for that reason. It minimizes the thermal problems when idle.
June 25, 2010 11:24:57 AM

"The downside was that the power-saving technologies ceased to work in idle mode. The CPU frequency would not go down when the CPU had nothing to do. As we found out, the power-saving technologies only work with 18.5x or lower multiplier. This is not a peculiarity of our mainboard or CPU. We can recall that we had the same thing with an AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition in our earlier tests of Socket AM3 mainboards. It turns out that AMD Black Edition series processors do not have an unlocked frequency multiplier after all. You can increase the multiplier but the CPU only remains fully functional up to 18.5x multiplier, which may be not enough even for overclocking without any voltage increase. That’s very disappointing."