Opinions regarding processor that throttles during stress testing?

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by GotNoRice, Jul 6, 2018.

Is it okay if an aggressive OC causes a CPU to throttle during stress testing and benchmarking?

  1. No, back off or adjust the settings on the overclock.

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  2. Yes, as long as the CPU is stable and does not throttle during normal usage.

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  1. GotNoRice

    GotNoRice [H]ardForum Junkie

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    What is your opinion regarding an overclock that is pushed so close to the limit that the processor actually throttles during stress testing and even some benchmarking, but remains stable and does not throttle during normal usage (gaming, etc)?

    I'm not necessarily talking about anything special like Prime95 using AVX.
     
  2. Brian_B

    Brian_B [H]ard|Gawd

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    Better cooling is always better that worse cooling, and you'd like to avoid throttling if possible. But stability is all that really matters.
     
  3. Kyle_Bennett

    Kyle_Bennett El Chingón Staff Member

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    How about you tell us what your stress test is, instead of what it is not?
     
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  4. GotNoRice

    GotNoRice [H]ardForum Junkie

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    This thread is not about my CPU specifically, though mine does run hotter than I would prefer and will eventually throttle in some cases if all cores are loaded down. As I have debated potentially upgrading my older Corsair H100i GTX to something bigger and newer like a H150i Pro, I have received a wide range of opinions from those I have asked for advice. Some seem to think it's just fine if their CPU throttles during extreme conditions while others view it as a genuine bad thing that needs to be corrected immediately. I'm curious where overall opinions tend to be these days. I personally like to use the Intel Extreme Tuning Utility.
     
  5. Kyle_Bennett

    Kyle_Bennett El Chingón Staff Member

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    If you like your CPU throttling then I guess it is not an issue for you. I have no idea why you would set it up to work that way, but to each his own.
     
  6. GotNoRice

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    The only time my CPU throttles is when all cores are at 100% load for extended periods, during things such as stress testing. I don't like it throttling, which is what prompted me to look into the H150i Pro. I ended up seeing examples of people who were running their CPUs at temps much higher than I was on a regular basis, which made me wonder what general opinions on the issue are. I take it from your replies that you prefer to never have your CPU throttle under any circumstances? That's pretty amazing with a fairly small AIO like the H80i and a 10-core CPU with a nice OC, you must keep the AC in your house set pretty low :D
     
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  7. Kyle_Bennett

    Kyle_Bennett El Chingón Staff Member

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    No, my setup does not throttle at ~100% usage like I am using it right now while I am rendering 4K video on it. :) Ambient temp 76F currently.

    All in all, I am not really sure what is the exact question you are asking I guess.
     
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  8. EVIL-SCOTSMAN

    EVIL-SCOTSMAN [H]ardness Supreme

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    Can I ask ?

    Tell me to F off or just dont reply, but can I ask why you are rendering a 4k video, is it like cgi stuff ? 3d shit, whats its name again, when making stuff for games etc.

    Do you do that ?

    Or is H going 4k reviews ?

    Or is boss man on usenet looking for distro infoz.

    Only curious because, 6700k, 32gb ram, 8fiddy ssd + moar and trying to stream 4k usenet to my 4k tv via cat 7 was useless, I was Fury’os.

    So was justa wondering
     
  9. mnewxcv

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    I think he is asking if people consider throttling in extreme cases acceptable. I personally know it occurs on some laptops (saw throttling when rendering, load on cpu and gpu with shared cooling, etc). For me for desktop use though, I definitely avoid throttling. I would rather my machine sound like a jet than overheat or throttle and lose performance. That being said, I would sacrifice 10% of my performance to have my computer not sound like a jet. The extra voltage needed to max out an oc is usually not worth the extra heat for marginally better performance.
     
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    I'm sure he renders as in color correction, scaling, motion effects, etc.
     
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  11. EVIL-SCOTSMAN

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    Yeah.

    Was only curious because I am either stupid or my pc is shit, as trying anything 4k really is a none starter.

    Its just weird that my tv can do 4k easy and my pc not.

    Not that it matters mind you, but it would of been handy, probably best to stop being stingy and actually upgrade my video card from 680gtx uber evga top secret version to a newer card.

    I tried to be smart and save money by waiting, I didnt want to buy a 1080 because I thought last year that new ones are coming, only to find out that nvidia really were trying to gouge every last pound / dollar out of its loyal customers before moving onto newer cards.

    There really is 1080 different versions of the 1080.
     
  12. Hagrid

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    I would rather have better cooling and not have my cpu throttle. IMO, I do not want my cpu to come close to throttling. I also do DC projects on it so it's even more important.
    If you have the $$ get better cooling, if not I would back off the OC.
     
  13. cyberguyz

    cyberguyz Limp Gawd

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    There aint no such thing as too much cooling (if you do it right :p )
     
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    It might be fine for temporary fun, but it would seem impossible to (properly) stress test if you're reaching thermal limits. Better to dial it back somewhat for the sake of stability and longevity. IMHO, a 24/7 overclock should be able to endure any type of load without errors or throttling. (The obvious exception here being for safety reasons -- dust buildup, pump dies, etc etc).
     
  15. Nobu

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    Better not to let it throttle if you can avoid it. Unexpected slowdowns = choppy framerate = bad gaming experience. Even at 60+fps, if the cpu or gpu suddenly can't work as fast as usual, you'll notice the drop in framerate (and possibly dropped frames).

    Of course, if you aren't gaming (or you're sure it's not throttling during gaming) it's not as big a deal. But still not optimal, imho.