As some of you know already, I overclocked my computer last night. The Q6600 runs at 2.4Ghz, and I raised it to 2.8Ghz.
No other changes, no extra mods.
Then I went ahead and used a program called "CPU Stability Test" that basically stresses the CPU to 100% and checks how stable the system is at its current setup.
Before the test, my OC @ 2.8Ghz temperatures were as follows:
Core 1: 46*
Core 2: 44*
Core 3: 40*
Core 4: 42*
After 20 minutes of the stress test, temperatures changed to:
CPU: Didn't write down
Core 1: 62*
Core 2: 61*
Core 3: 57*
Core 4: 58*
This kinda worried me, especially since I was thinking about OCing to 3.0Ghz today after I got home. Not a problem at all, but can someone offer some advice on this? Are these temperatures to worry about at my current OC state? Considering the fact that the computer never STAYS at 100% usage at any given point for a long time, how should I proceed? Stay at 2.8? Try 3.0? Maybe go BACK to 2.4 and do the Stability Test and compare results?
I'm actually pretty excited about overclocking, and would look forward to buying an aftermarket heatsink/cooler. However, the installation of that would worry me. I wonder what other cooling alternatives there are.