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Windows 7: Overclocking help; your suggestions, please.

16 May 2011   #51
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GARoss View Post
I guess I'm willing to have a little more noise to gain faster render times.
You have already overclocked with this heatsink and I thought you thought your temps were acceptable. Your rendering speed was improved 11%. Temps were what?? around 60?

What specifically is wrong with that??

Is it that you want to improve rendering times by more than 11%??

Or is it that you think 60 degree temps are dangerous?

Or do you have the overclocking itch and want to find out how low you can drive temps using a Pratt and Whitney cooler while operating in a walk-in refrigerator? eg--hobbyist tinkering and experimentation. I originally thought you were not in this camp.

Or???

If it isn't hobbyist tinkering but a more practical concern, then more info needed as to the source of your dissatisfaction. What are you concerned about?

If you definitely want significantly faster rendering, then crank up your overclock to see where temps go with current setup. If temps get legitimately "too high", then buy another cooler---case closed. You've satisfied me that nothing is wrong with your paste or mounting technique, so this cooler isn't going to suddenly improve. The CPU will throttle itself before you do any damage, so experimentation costs you nothing but time.


Scythe and others have numerous mid-profile coolers that are well under 150mm tall. One Scythe you might look at is called the Rasetsu(??) I think. The heatsink section is horizontal rather than vertical, so it has less height. The fan lays down on the fins like on the Shuriken, but the sink section is larger with many more fins.

Here at Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/SCYTHE-SCRT-10...589355&sr=1-56

Reviewed at Frostytech:

http://www.frostytech.com/articlevie...articleID=2554

It's got an 1800 rpm Scythe fan (Slipstream I think) and an included controller that lets you run at 800 or 1800. So you could switch to 1800 when rendering??

Frosty's conclusion:

As Frostytech alluded to in the beginning of this review, the Scythe Rasetsu heatsink is clearly able to operate within the relm of performance heatsinks. Yet while the Rasetsu is a very good heatsink in this respect (just 3C off the top, coolest heatsink tested to date) it is louder than several other heatsinks which offer slightly improved thermal performance.

However, amongst 130mm tall or shorter heatsinks the Scythe Rasetsu is the best performing heatsink tested to date. The next three closest options if you wish to draw comparisons are; Zerotherm Core 92 at 18.4C over ambient, Thermaltake Bigtyp 14pro at 18.8C over ambient and Zerotherm BTF92 OC ed. heatsink at 19.0C over ambient (150W Intel synthetic test platform).

Bottom line, the Scythe Rasetsu is a very good performance-class heatsink that while moderately loud with its fan at default speed, offers users very good thermal performance options and direct dial fan speed adjustment for good cooling performance when lower noise, lower fan speed operation is desired. Recommended.


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16 May 2011   #52
GeneO

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
 
 

+=1

I don;t understand why your finicking over a perfectly acceptable temperature. Enjoy your computer - don't obsess
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17 May 2011   #53
GARoss

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post

You have already overclocked with this heatsink and I thought you thought your temps were acceptable. Your rendering speed was improved 11%. Temps were what?? around 60?

What specifically is wrong with that??

Is it that you want to improve rendering times by more than 11%??

Or is it that you think 60 degree temps are dangerous?

Or do you have the overclocking itch and want to find out how low you can drive temps using a Pratt and Whitney cooler while operating in a walk-in refrigerator? eg--hobbyist tinkering and experimentation. I originally thought you were not in this camp.

Or???

If it isn't hobbyist tinkering but a more practical concern, then more info needed as to the source of your dissatisfaction. What are you concerned about?
Everything you said is true. I started out & built a quiet PC. Then got the urge to experiment with OC. Now I realize I can't do both. If & when I render I don't want the CPU smoking while OC'ing. I'm still not sure what temps are safe but it seems mid 60's to max of 70C is OK.

Here's my dilemma. I don't render video very often but when I do, assuming I have OC engaged, 1 hour of high def video will = 3 hours to render time.

For my personal testing purposes, I rendered a 20 second HD video clip which took 3 minutes to render & temps increased to the high 60s & reached 70C. I'm assuming it will rise even higher for a 3 hour render. That's my dilemma. Do I need more ventilation or is 65-70C for 3 hours OK.

But, to answer your question, I guess I'm really confused. After my post...

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GARoss View Post
I guess I'm willing to have a little more noise to gain faster render times.
...I got these post...

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fumz View Post
You're temps are way too hot, even stock... something is amiss. At 4.5GHz I can dual Orthos for 8 hours and my highest temps are 53, idle 29-32.

Perhaps you might consider reapplying thermal paste (read: less, or better), or a different heatsink? Even the stock cooler does better than this.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulpicks21 View Post
I have had a quick look at it and it appears to be quite a poor cooler. On the list of approx 50 coolers it was in the bottom 5...this could certainly be a possible cause of the high temps , its usually that and voltage to blame anyway.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
Your idle temps with no OC should be below 30C, if your first snip low value is with the system at idle then the temps are too high by more than 10C.
If your ambient temp is 22C, your idle temps should be 27C, 30C max.

Re-apply your thermal paste, or consider a different cooler.
...They suggested my idle temps were too high, even without OC'ing. I became concerned that either my HS wasn't seated properly or I used too much paste or that my HS is quiet but insufficient for any type of OC; even at a conservative level.

I warned everyone that I've never built a PC before. Any concerns raised at all & I'm assuming that it's likely that I've installed something wrong. The paste is a good example. I read most everyone's suggestions how to apply it, watched numerous how-to's on YouTube & downloaded a pdf file from Arctic Silver's website & followed that; figuring they ought to know how to apply their own paste. But, it seems, applying paste is conditional to the type of HS. I posted pics of the HS & CPU, then reapplied. Thick or thin, it made little difference in temps. Like I said, I don't know but I'm eager to learn.

So, here's where I'm at. I'm extremely confident that the HS reinstall proved I probably used too much paste but too much paste wasn't the cause of high idle temps.

If there is an issue it would be with ventilation. The original Antec fan was a 3 speed & didn't connect to the MB. I purchased & installed the Cooler Master 120mm fan because it could be plugged into the MB's 4-pin connector & be controlled by the MB as temps increased. But, my idle temps went from low 30s to high 30s. I'm not so sure that this fan is working properly or if the MB is regulating the speeds. My last post has pics of how the MB BIOS is set & it would seem to be correct.

By replacing the CM fan with the original Antec 120mm 3 speed (set to HI) proves ventilation helps as idle temps dropped to 28-31C (set fan to Low & temps are 31-33 idle). I assumed the CM fan would kick into HIGH & keep temps like the Antec on HI. Perhaps the MB deems the temps to be perfectly acceptable with the CM fan. It's easy to be confused when you don't have experience.
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17 May 2011   #54
ignatzatsonic

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My advice:

Do a render of 1 hour of video with the settings that gave you an 11% improvement in render time. Let it go for the full 3 hours. Watch the temps. If temps get "too high" (let's say above 70), then you have a simple decision:

A: back off the overclock or give up overclocking
B: get another cooler that will probably let you push temps down 10 and may let you boost rendering improvement to 20% or more.

Period. I don't see any other factors. You and I are the only people to use this processor/cooler and you are the only guy to overclock it. You have tried two combinations of paste. You have mounted the sink twice. You have documented what you have done. I don't think this cooler is going to improve. Your idle temps and my idle temps are quite close--the Shuriken fan spins quite slowly unless you begin to put a load on the PC. It just isn't going to idle in the 20s and so what? SO WHAT?

Nor do I think rear fan considerations are critical. The rear fan, changing paste brands, and cable management (airflow) are factors, but minor factors. The big factors are paste, proper mounting, ambient temp, heatsink, and CPU fan. It looks to me like you have done all you can do with the big factors, given your hardware.

So change the heatsink assuming you don't want to give up overclocking and don't want to keep overclocking within whatever boundaries a 3 hour rendering test might reveal.

You state: That's my dilemma. Do I need more ventilation or is 65-70C for 3 hours OK.

Find out the answer to your own question. If you stay under 70, I'd say OK, but find out if you exceed that.

I'm thinking you have the overclock itch, so the path of least resistance/least worry is to change heatsinks. But maybe I misread you and you are not attached to OC'ing. At any rate, do a 3 hour render and observe temps.
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17 May 2011   #55
GARoss

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Good idea. I'll do a 3 hour render OC'ed.
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17 May 2011   #56
Fumz

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Clearly, there are two schools of thought on this issue, and I think you're getting a good representation of both. It is up to you to decide which parts you want to keep, and which you want to reject. 95% of the time when Ignatzatsonic recommends someone avoid overclocking, I'm right there with him in agreement; some guys just should not overclock.... this just isn't one of those times. You're careful and deliberate... the perfect temperament.

On a side note, your case is 8.1" wide (205.74mm). I thought the case was smaller, but knowing this opens up your heatsink options a bit. Personally, I ignore heatsink reviews that don't pit the heatsink up against the known big boys... so if I read a review and there's no Thermalright, Tuniq Tower, Prolimatech Megahalems, Noctua, or some of the nicer Zalman's... well, since it doesn't tell me how good the heatsink performs relative to the best, it really tells me very little, only how it performs relative to other lesser coolers.

Two options for your consideration:

Noctua NH-C14, 130mm tall, top mounted.

Thermalright Silver Arrow, 166 mm, side mount.

You're really not going to better than either Noctua or Thermalright.
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17 May 2011   #57
GARoss

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Cooler Master Hyper 212Plus is 160mm tall which makes it close to the side panel. Zalman makes some that are well within 135mm range but don't know the quality + Zalman doesn't have a website (that I can find & open) so it makes me wonder if they're still in business.

But, I have a new problem (see pic). This greeted me as I went to change BIOS for my video test mentioned earlier. When I OC I never messed with voltages. All I did was use Intel's Turbo Boost Tech; then afterwards manually set everything back to AUTO. That's it.

Yesterday, after putting everything back together, I noticed the case fan starting & stopping so I shut the PC abruptly off a time or two. Maybe this has something to do with the warning. Don't know what to check.

Do I need to reset something?


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17 May 2011   #58
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GARoss View Post
Cooler Master Hyper 212Plus is 160mm tall which makes it close to the side panel. Zalman makes some that are well within 135mm range but don't know the quality + Zalman doesn't have a website (that I can find & open) so it makes me wonder if they're still in business.

But, I have a new problem (see pic). This greeted me as I went to change BIOS for my video test mentioned earlier. When I OC I never messed with voltages. All I did was use Intel's Turbo Boost Tech; then afterwards manually set everything back to AUTO. That's it.

Yesterday, after putting everything back together, I noticed the case fan starting & stopping so I shut the PC abruptly off a time or two. Maybe this has something to do with the warning. Don't know what to check.

Do I need to reset something?
I would probably do an F7 as referred to at the bottom of the picture to "load optimized defaults". That should set you back to harmless non-OC settings and then you can restart from there.

Incidentally--I've done a little research and from what I can tell, the shutdown temp of the CPU is circa 98; it should begin throttling before that. The "Tcase" temp is supposedly 72 and that is Intel's recommended max LONG TERM temp. I assume that Tcase refers to cores????

According to my brief googling anyway. You could run down the tech documents on Intel.com for the sordid details.
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17 May 2011   #59
ignatzatsonic

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Further research: Tcase temp is 72.6 and is NOT equal to core temps. Rather it is taken from the case surrounding the processor and should be the number referred to as "CPU" in HWInfo32. It's quite close to the core temps, but is a single number rather than 4. Intel apparently does not specify a throttle temp or an absolute shutdown temp, but those temps are believed to be 98-100.

Tcase is max OK long term use temp.
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17 May 2011   #60
GEWB

Linux (Mint is primary) / XP, Win7 Home / Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Win8.1 / Win10 archived VM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GARoss View Post
But, I have a new problem (see pic). This greeted me as I went to change BIOS for my video test mentioned earlier. When I OC I never messed with voltages. All I did was use Intel's Turbo Boost Tech; then afterwards manually set everything back to AUTO. That's it.

Yesterday, after putting everything back together, I noticed the case fan starting & stopping so I shut the PC abruptly off a time or two. Maybe this has something to do with the warning. Don't know what to check.
ASSUMING THE COOLER IS PROPERLY INSTALLED -
When you say the case fan was starting and stopping, was that during startup from a cold boot (power button ON)? If so, that is not so unusual for some manufacturers - there was another thread about that maybe a month ago. My Gigabyte mobo has alwas done that (so does my Asus).

I would go back into your BIOS and reset to the default settings then start your OC over.

Regards,
GEWB
(25 years of overclocking and never fried a CPU)
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