5200+ OC'd to 2.8 - Temps Question:

Stimmer

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Dec 22, 2007
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I bumped up my 5200+ Windsor to 2.8. My idle temps are 30-33C, under full load I jump to 58-60C. I'm using a passive cooling heat sink (Zerotherm BTF95) with some decent case flow ventilation. I don't have much in the way of case noise, and bumping my RPMs up I can cool it down to 52-55C easily. My question is, is it acceptable to run at 60C full load? According to the AMD spec's the processor can handle 55C-72C.

Why do they list "55C-72C"? Is 72C the max, or can it vary? Just curious if I need to fire up the jet engines or not. It's perfectly stable, runs Prime for hours w/o an issue.
 

Rhoxed

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Jun 23, 2007
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60 is a bit high, and 55C-72C is the max for the "series" of chips. My 3800X2 also says "55-72" and it shuts down cores at 61C (will never go higher, just shuts off at 61) so i tend to keep temps below 56C usually
 

error8

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I had an AM2 OC'ed 3800+ X2 at 2,6 ghz with 1,50 V and it had 62 C in full load with no problem whatsoever. I guess you should be fine at that temperature.
As I understand, the 55C-72C is the operating temperature of the chip, with 72C being the maximum tolerated temperature, beyond that the chip shuts down or burns.
 

DerwenArtos12

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It should function just fine but remember, the more time it spends at those kinds of temperatures the exponentially shorter it's life is going to be.
 

gmofftarki

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I've OCed my 5200+ to about 3.07 at 1.375v. My temps were 28-30 at idle, and 58-60 at full load after several hours.

This is with a ThermalTake TMG-A2 CPU heatsink, and an Antec 900 case with all fans at 'high' or '100%'.

I'm looking at picking up a new CPU heatsink for this reason, probably the OCZ Vendetta because I like the idea behind HDT technology, but in all honesty... how long do you expect to keep this processor? In my case, likely 1.5-2 years at the most. As such, a little bit of reduced processor life isn't a terribly huge concern, compared with getting a little bit extra performance out of it in the short-term.

Trite? Sure, but it's the truth.