i'm not sure if i should continue the prime95. i'm concerned for the heat. it's been running for 3 hours. The maximum temparature as you see is being reached every now and then. right now the average is mostly between 90 and 99c.
i'm using a cooler master evo. anyway I reduced clock to 4.6 ghz. voltage I didn't touch. kept it on auto.now the temp seem between 60 and 81.
should I run this prime95 for 24 hour? is it really necessary? I don't play games, i'm a heavy photoshop user.
First of all, voltage has the biggest effect on heat. Frequency, you'll be surprised to hear, not so much...
Second, using the auto voltage setting of your mobo will put your voltage waaay too high. Set the voltages yourself.
Here's my quick guide to OCing:
1. Set voltage boosts to minimum.
2. Set target frequency.
3. Test OC stability using Prime95.
4. If system crashes, increase voltage and go to step 3. If temps too high (>80C), decrease frequency and voltage and go to step 3.
5. If Prime95 passes for ~1hr with sub 80C temps, you've got a healthy, stable OC.
I really appreciate your help. now that links seems even more aggressive
it seems at 4.5ghz heat and everything is stable. i tried to tune the voltage earlier but strangely my bios freezes in 2/3 seconds everytime. i had to act quick to load an older profile to make it work. 4.6 ghz also produced a lot heat. i mean it went over 80c.