okay so i have an intel i5 2500k and ive been stressing now for 20 minutes, anyways im looking at core temp and the clock speed is jumping from 4.8ghz to 3.3 for a couple seconds and back up to 4.8 again
is this normal?
and im getting 75-80C on full load so far
Vcore is at 1.45 i believe
You need to run a combination of programs to attain overclocked stability P95 does not test graphics, you need to add some benchmarking programs like the 3DMarks to the mix, and P95 length of run time depends on just how you are overclocking in the first place.
eh about 3-4 months, im at 4.5 now, didnt stress yet though, going to do it tonight.
my vcore is 1.335 i think
Regarding the EVO I suggest you pull it and inspect the thermal footprint, as far as thermal compound is concerned if you use too much it insulates, the purpose of thermal compound is to take the place of the air between the 2 contacting metal surfaces of the heat sink base and the CPU heat spreader.
Air is an insulator and thermal compound is a conductor of the heat, but it's only to fill the microscopic imperfections between the 2 contacting surfaces, if you used too much thermal compound it could be acting as an insulator and working against you, I would pull the heat sink and inspect the thermal footprint, it's far better to know than wonder.
If it's a thick layer squished out the sides you used too much, you want the thinnest even layer you can possibly achieve for the best temperature performance.
Regarding your 2500K, most have settled on 4.5ghz simply for longevity of the CPU, and for the fact you just don't need to run it any faster for any application we have available to us today, it will handle whatever you throw at it at 4.5ghz.
IMO unless you are running an SLI or Crossfire setup, (Dual GPUs), 1.335 is still too high, if you are running a single GPU, you should be be able to stably run somewhere between 1.310v to 1.330v, I suggest starting at 1.300v and testing for stability from that point for 4.5ghz.
You want to be 100% stable but running no more voltage than necessary for the 45x multiplier, to keep your temperatures as low as possible.
I strongly suggest you pull that EVO and inspect what's going on underneath it.