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Undervolting to lower cpu temps, completely safe? (FX-6300)

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2 years ago#1
My new AMD FX-6300 was running hotter than I liked, so I've been lowering the vcore to bring down the temps (running at stock 3.5 Ghz). Testing with Prime95 to make sure it is stable. So far I reduced the max temps (under load) about 13c on the cpu core and about 8c on the CPU socket, probably try more if it is safe.

1. Any cons to doing this?
2. Is it bad/good for the cpu in the long run?
3. Anyone know the default voltage for the FX-6300 @ 3.5 Ghz? My motherboard says the VID is 1.25v, but sometimes that given value is different. I'm currently running 3.5 Ghz @ 1.12v stable.

I do plan on getting a new cooler (Hyper 212) in a few weeks, but didn't like that the CPU was running >60c in the meantime. I will probably overclock a little after getting the 212.

Thanks

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2 years ago#2
1. Lower max overclock obviously.
2. It's good for the CPU.
3. This is what I found on Google
http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/Bulldozer/AMD-FX-Series%20FX-6350.html
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2 years ago#3
Thanks for the link. I don't see the voltage listed for the stock speed 3.5 Ghz, only the turbo speeds and underclocked (low power) speeds. Not that big of a deal, I think 1.25v (or a little more) is right.

When I get the 212 and overclock I will raise the voltages accordingly

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2 years ago#4
Complete waste of time unless it is a portable device.
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2 years ago#5
nIMr0D888 posted...
Complete waste of time unless it is a portable device.


i second this, but it's nice I guess.

60C under load is not a big deal at all. Do other things with your time.
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2 years ago#6
3. The default voltage is what your mobo sets it to. There is no universal voltage for any processor at any frequency.
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