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Possible Threats of Over-Cooling?


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#1 SteelScales

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 04:48 PM

Hello all.

I was just curious, as I am looking for a new CPU cooler, are there negative effects to OVER cooling your CPU? I have a AMD Phenom II Quad Core at 3.6 GHZ, and was just wanting to upgrade my Cpu cooler from the stock one. If my CPU get to cool can it effect performance in any way?

PS. and i do intend to overclock it in the near future.

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 05:10 PM

theres some debate on that depending on who you ask, I tend to think that most CPUs have an effective temperature that they perform the best in. With that being said, overcooling definitly wont hurt the CPU-I had a friend with a CPU on a liquid cooled system that run in the negative degree temperature, and he liked it. And if your planning on overclocking, the better cooling you have the better-because even if its "to cool" at stock, that temp will rise once overclocked.

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 05:21 PM

Yeah I figure i get the cooling first before I start overclocking, didnt want to damage my baby haha. But thanks for the input, I figured they had that kinda "Happy Zone" where you got the best performance.

Thanks again man.

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 06:38 PM

I have been following the pro overclocking competitions for some time now and I get total nerd chills watching a couple of guys tweak voltages while pouring liquid nitrogen into a metal pot attached to the CPU.

I don't know how extreme you are planning on getting but the hazards that seem to be most prevalent with super cooling are ...

Condensation: make sure that your cooling apparatus is not sweating and potentially dripping water on to your computer's components.

Thermal stress: Don't let the temperature swing too wildly. If your board temps are swinging back and forth 30 degrees C over and over while running, you can damage tiny connections.

Voltages: Make sure to watch your voltages carefully once you start getting to the extreme edge of your system's overclocking capabilities.

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