I have been ramping up to do some overclocking on my CPU. Now that my video projects have been cleared, and BF3 is only a couple days away, its time to look into the finer details of what it takes to run a computer faster than stock settings.
The first thing I needed was a big heat sink. I went with the Scythe Ninja 3 because of its massive surface area. It has been keeping my CPU cool for a couple weeks now. Idle temps are around 18-22C, normal loads bring it up to about 35C. But what I really need to do is find the peak load temperature.
To do this I found the over-clockers secret weapon. Its a little program called prime95 and it is the basis for most testing. The program runs your CPU and RAM at peak levels until it encounters an error. The longer the test can run the better off you are. From what I have read, most people do the stress test for 12 to 24 hours. If you can run 24 hours at 100% with 0 errors, then your settings are considered stable.
This is how the numbers looked after 1 hour of testing. All fans set to minimum flow.
I then decided to see what kind of cooling performance I could get from maximum flow. So I set ALL fans to max speed and let it go for 3 more hours.
I was surprised that my average temp only dropped by 4 degrees. The computer was making alot of noise from the amount of air it was moving. I don’t think its worth it. I like the quite computer, even if it runs a little hotter.
With the base line set at 41C, I can now look foreward to upping the power to see what kind of stability I can get.
AM3 AMD Phenom II X6 1100T processor @ 3.3 Ghz, 9.0 MB total cache.
|Max Temps (C)||62|
|AMD Virtualization Technology||Yes|
|L1 Cache Size (KB)||128|
|L1 Cache Count||6|
|L2 Cache Size (KB)||512|
|L2 Cache Count||6|
|L3 Cache Size (KB)||6144|
|AMD Business Class||No|