I've finally broken down, did alot of research and have made my first overclock attempt.
I was curious if anyone knew, or where I might find, the safe operating temps. for Athlon64's, specifically the Athlon64 3200+ Socket 754 processor.
I've been nudging my External Clock upwards at about 2mhz at a time, rebooting, and testing my system's stability and performance in games and benchmarks. I've currently overclocked from 200mhz to 205mhz on the external clock, resulting in a core clock speed of 2.05Ghz over the original 1.99Ghz before oc'ing.
Before I started this, it ran at about 45°C, and the case temp about 8-10 degrees cooler. Now it's up to 49°C. I'm considering pushing my system to 2.1Ghz and stopping there to give it a full test. I'm using the stock HSF, which the Bios says it's at 3,500rpm. I'm using a Shuttle AN50R Motherboard (nForce3 150 chipset) and my system is cooled by 2 intake 80mm 3000rpm fans and 3 exhaust 80mm 3,000rpm fans.
Would I be alright if my cpu ran at say 55°C and furthermore, should I go ahead and get better cooling parts before pushing it any farther than my 2.1Ghz goal? I've read a few PC mags, MaximumPC included and I've seen 3 Athlon64's oc'ed to 2.2Ghz with stock cooling and no voltage changes, one of them was even on the same mobo as mine.
Thanks for any feedback.
AMD Athlon64 3200+ @ 2.3Ghz (230 x 10 @ 1.65v) 3500+ PR
|- ClawHammer Socket 754 1mb L2 Cache (SH7-CG Revision)
Shuttle AN50R (GigaBit Ethernet / 3x DIMM / 5 PCI / 1 AGP 4x-8x)
|- Nvidia nForce3 150 chipset
1024mb PC3200 | Patriot (2x512) @ 195mhz | Latency 2-3-2-5
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