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    Voltage Recommendations

    What vCore would you recommend for a Barton 2500+ (1.84GHz) running at 2.200GHz?

    If you have the same CPU and clock, what voltages do you use?

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    what about turning ure cpu coooler up to the full extent, and say starting at the top, 2.0 or 1.8, or whatever your max ix, and test stability of the system at each decreasing increment until it becomes unstable then stick there, youll be prolongin the life of your cpu, keeping heat production and generally having a more stable system. hope this helps
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_anderson187
    what about turning ure cpu coooler up to the full extent, and say starting at the top, 2.0 or 1.8, or whatever your max ix, and test stability of the system at each decreasing increment until it becomes unstable then stick there, youll be prolongin the life of your cpu, keeping heat production and generally having a more stable system. hope this helps
    You what?

    That sounds like a bad plan. My tbred is at at 1.9V on a volcano 12 cooler - keeps under 50.
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    What are the predominant signs of CPU instability? I know we're talking crashes and freezes.

    If I set my CPU to 200 x 11 and it's unstable, but it boots my OS every time without fail, but causes instabilities in my system, would upping the voltage make a difference? BTW stock voltage for my CPU is 1.650V. I've tried it at 200 x 11 @ 1.725V is the maximum i've tried, but that crashes UT2004 and Doom III no end, but games like Far Cry and Lock-On never crash. What gives? Is it worth trying a higher vCore?

    I want the FSB at 200MHz so i thought trying 200 x 10 so i get a lower overall speed, but when I choose this configuration, nothing happens when I turn on my PC and I have to reset my CMOS. Somthing to do with the multiplier being locked on my CPU i'm sure.
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    Prime95 is a good test - if you get errors in that then you're not stable.
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    Max Volts I'd use for a barton (even on top end air cooling) is 1.8-1.85. Only on phase change or watercooling should u try anything higher than that (even then a max of abt 2.1v is advisable).

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    Hey big thanks Kez, great little program. I've heard it mentioned around before but it works well. In short it has proved for me that upping the voltage does make a difference. I've incrementally increased it to 1.850v and it seems to be running steadily, after getting fatal errors at other lower voltages. It's a good job it's steady now apparantly according to Leo's advice. Cheers the both of ya Oh, and its steady at 60 degrees while running the 'heat intensive' part of that program, do you reckon that temp will go up much when i'm playing a game for example and the graphics adapter is called into action?
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    Yeah, Prime95 is the proggy to use for stability testing. Run it for 12 or even 24 hours if you want to be sure your computer is absolutely stable. My computer used to regularly crash 1h42m in, I think it was the 784k matrix that killed it every time.

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