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    Default Core 2 duo E6600 maximum temperatures... and some questions!

    Alright what are the thermal specs of Core2's? I'm running an E6600 and it's sitting at 60C (using coretemp) at idle, under load it jumps up to 80C with both cores.

    Currently I'm running the E6600 2.4@ 3.51Ghz at 1.4Volts on the CPU, and running the ram at full speed PC6400,400mhz (800 effective).

    Now the system is remarkably stable for everything but super intensive stuff like either gaming or Prime95.

    I can run prime for 4+ hours straight with no errors what-so-ever. I can also run games for a good while, (30 mins - 1 hour) before a crash.

    I have not done extensive testing yet (more games) beyond simply Need for speed carbon at this time.

    I'm not sure if I need to turn down my memory speed, up the voltage on the memory, or up the voltage on the core.

    What is your experiences?
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    those temps are way over what i would recommend. with core temp i wouldn't even want to be over 60c at load, 80c is very high. 3.5GHz at 1.4V is probably better than my X6800 btw (but then you'r is not 100% stable).

    anyhow, its best to fill in your system specs, there a link on how to do it in my sig, and then post a CPU-z shot of both your CPU and memory, but right away i would suggest you look into a third party cooler to get those temps down.

    Also try orthos prime, its a dual core prime app that will stress the system far greater.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jameson View Post
    those temps are way over what i would recommend. with core temp i wouldn't even want to be over 60c at load, 80c is very high. 3.5GHz at 1.4V is probably better than my X6800 btw (but then you'r is not 100% stable).

    anyhow, its best to fill in your system specs, there a link on how to do it in my sig, and then post a CPU-z shot of both your CPU and memory, but right away i would suggest you look into a third party cooler to get those temps down.

    Also try orthos prime, its a dual core prime app that will stress the system far greater.
    Well I got a watercooling system on the way, hopefully that should help a bit, what I'm trying to figure out, is if it is the memory or the heat.

    The system is not "perfectly" stable, but I can play with the system 24 hours with no blue screens, on and off between sessions of Prime95 and intense gaming sessions that crash every once in a while.

    I got a feeling my problems will go away with 1) Better cooling or 2) Lowering the memory speed is my guess.

    But I wanted to know what the thermal envelope is on the Core 2 if I am within "safe" distance.

    My asus AI booster reports lower temperatures then core temp

    ASUS AI booster --- 70C
    Coretemp -- 79-81C

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    E6600
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    I'll try to get some pics up soon
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    from my own experience usually memory is the reason of BSOD's
    if cpu fails the system just locks up..

    similar to what i experienced today with my vga
    memory causes artifacts and gpu causes slow downs..

    again, this isn't supposed to be taken as a fact, i'm not sure. just my observations...

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    Well I've stabilized the system moving the voltage up to 1.475 I got a rock stable 3.51Ghz and the memory running almost at DDR 800 (something like DDR 780Mhz).

    I'm not pushing it any further until I come to understand the core duo temperatures better, I'm constantly getting over 70C @ idle from coretemp and Intels thermal analyzer, which I just got today!

    Just to note: I burned in the system for 10 hours last night, running Nvidia's Ntuner for my 8800 while running prime 95 at the same time with no crashes or errors. @1.475 volts on the cpu.

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    just to put this in perspective, the thermal limits of a C2D are probably over 80c or 90c, but you are putting more volts through it. Under these circumstances you are taking a bit of a risk. 70c under load would be a little scarey for me, but your litterally saying it's like this at idle? If your PC just shuts off and dies over the next few months...

    You should try remounting the heatsink because it sounds really high, or get a third pary cooler, i cannot stress this enough. I'd even go so far as to tell you to runit at stock with default volts until you sort this out, i get nervous running over 55c, period.

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    Well I put everything to default.... E6600 @ 2.4ghz (auto voltage), Memory at default voltage and timings (auto). Using Intels thermal analyzer, I get 75-78C under load!! Spread across both cores, if left on it levels out around 80C. I'll try resetting the heatsink but I don't think it's going to do much good. I'm still getting almost the same teperatures underload at default settings... I know I'm scratching my head.

    So, I am basically getting only a 2-4C difference between 2.4Ghz at default voltage, and 3.51Ghz at 1.475. Interesting either way!

    I wonder if my thermal sensors are broken? The heatsink is doing it's job I can feel the warmth and the fan is going... hmmm.
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    that was going to be my next suggestion, your sensor might be inaccurate, but i don't think ASUS AI booster uses the same sensor so i'm not really sure, you should ask The Coolest if AI booster uses the same sensor as he's the guy who made Core Temp, he'll know.

    this thread: "Core Temp" - A program for accurate Core, Core 2 and K8 CPU temperature monitoring

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jameson View Post
    that was going to be my next suggestion, your sensor might be inaccurate, but i don't think ASUS AI booster uses the same sensor so i'm not really sure, you should ask The Coolest if AI booster uses the same sensor as he's the guy who made Core Temp, he'll know.

    this thread: "Core Temp" - A program for accurate Core, Core 2 and K8 CPU temperature monitoring
    ***** UPDATED *****

    Here's a link to my temps - http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a1..._duo_temps.jpg

    Well I reseated the heatsink and the temps dropped! I'm now getting 50-55C idle and 60-63C under load.

    Also Intel thermal analyzer shows much higher temps when under load. Upwards of 70C, while ASUS probe or AI booster shows only 60C.

    Once my case and other stuff gets here I'll report further.

    I'm now rock-solid @3.51Ghz - 1.45volts
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