Well today I decided to put my new fans to good use! I went into my BIOS, and found the overclocking area. My motherboard apparently has the ability to autooverclock by certain percentages, or you can do it manually. The first time around I chose Auto overclock, and I chose the 10% margin.
That put my CPU at 3.08GHz, it didn't shut down or reboot or anything, which is very good, because that shows that it is stable. So I went into Windows XP, brought up ASUS Probe, and started recording the temperatures. I then decided to play BF2 to really stress the CPU. When I was playing it hit a high temperature of 69C, just 3C short of my thresh hold. So I rebooted, went into BIOS again, and set the autooverclock to 5%, rather then 10%. This time, the temps went to about the same, maybe 1C difference, but that is all. So I tried manually overclocking it, I set the FSB from 200 to 208, which gave it an overclock of 2.91GHz. I recorded the temperatures, still 69C when playing BF2.
So I came to the conclusion that I should overclock it just a tad bit higher to see what happens. I manually set the FSB or whatever it is to 210 this time, which now brings the frequency to 2.94GHz! A 140MHz increase. So I decided to play VF2 one more time to see what happens. And yuppers, 69C again!
So what do I do? I mean, either once my fan knows what temperature the CPU is it goes into overdrive, or something. Despite what clock speeds the CPU is at, it always goes to 69C, but never goes anyhigher, even when it's at 3.08GHz, a much higher overclock then the 2.91GHz, yet both produced the same temperatures. So, question is, can I safely go back to 3.08 GHz, or lower it back down to stock clock speeds of 2.8 GHz?