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Phenom II X4 955 BE stock temperature; OC potential

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December 26, 2011 11:55:38 PM

My level of knowledge with this stuff: I've never overclock anything before and I installed my first CPU yesterday.

My PC Specs are here:
I've added a SeaSonic 520W Power Supply (
And a GeForce GTX 560 Ti (

I bought an AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition with the intention of OC it to 3.8-4.0. I installed it with the stock heatsink..however the plug on my motherboard for the CPU fan is 2-pin and the heatsink that came with the 955 had a 3-pin female adapter on I plugged it in anyway leaving the blue cord (from reading this is just for speed control?) unplugged. The fan spins. So I assumed it was working fine.

So temperatures...according to SpeedFan and ELEET my CPU temperatures are somewhere between 51-60 when I'm sitting at my desktop. I tried going into my BIOS and seeing temperatures there but I cannot find them anywhere. Here's a snapshot of my temperatures...I'm not sure which one I should be looking at for CPU but they are in the same range:

So my first question is...why are my idling temperatures so high? I read in a lot of places that 60c is the MAX, and I'm seeing it go to 61-62 just browsing the net.

My second question is about OC. I want to OC it but I don't want to start until I get this temp thing figured out. Do I need to buy an aftermarket heatsink? Can anyone help me pick out something thats quiet but will do the job to OC to around 4.0?

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December 28, 2011 6:17:33 AM

I don't know much about AMD systems but I know that 50+C is too high for idling. And 2.14 volts is much too high for a 955. Should be no more than 1.5 volts.
December 28, 2011 1:18:02 PM

How do I fix that? All I did was install the chip and the heatsink...anyone know why it would be at 2.14 volts?


according to AMD overdrive my core voltages are at 1.4 but my board voltage is 2.14...which one is correct?

Running a few other programs they all show 2.14

I'd like to lower this voltage if possible, but I don't have any BIOS settings to do so.
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December 30, 2011 4:02:58 PM

Try downloading the new AMD overdrive, setting it to advanced and lower the voltage from there? thats how i change mine...
December 31, 2011 12:19:03 AM

What board do you have?