Go Back   Hardware Canucks > PC BUILDERS & TWEAKERS CORNER > Overclocking, Tweaking and Benchmarking

    
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old December 6, 2010, 10:58 AM
Top Prospect
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Calgary, AB
Posts: 146
Default Safe Voltages for Core i3 540?

Hi Guys,

Anyone know the safe voltages for a Core i3 540? I've got mines at 4.41GHZ (Prime 95 Stable - 9Hrs) I want to push it further but I'm worried about what the safe voltages are for this processor..

If anyone knows, it would really help me out :)

Thanks!
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old December 6, 2010, 01:23 PM
rjbarker's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Courtenay, B.C
Posts: 5,932

My System Specs

Default

Just go to the Intel Home Page and look it up ......they'll have spec sheet for that Processor, with all Recommended Max Voltages.
__________________
Introducing me n my OCD to Watercooling, is like taking an Alcoholic to an "all you can drink" Beach Bar in Mexico

.
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old December 6, 2010, 02:06 PM
Banned
F@H
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: mtl
Posts: 12,694
Default

Intel® Core

for the lazy :p

that 1.4 is on air.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old December 6, 2010, 03:58 PM
MVP
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: 44N by 79W
Posts: 360
Default

I've heard guys going as high as 1.6 on the i3s but I can't see that being 24/7 voltages but from my research on the chip while I was deciding on which 1156 to buy that it even does 1.5 easily and safely but of course going outside of Intel's specs is at your own risk.
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old December 6, 2010, 04:03 PM
rjbarker's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Courtenay, B.C
Posts: 5,932

My System Specs

Default

Quote:
Intel® Core

for the lazy :p

that 1.4 is on air.
Thanks Dan ....I was too lazy to provide the link.....
__________________
Introducing me n my OCD to Watercooling, is like taking an Alcoholic to an "all you can drink" Beach Bar in Mexico

.
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old December 6, 2010, 04:51 PM
Banned
F@H
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: mtl
Posts: 12,694
Default

no worries :p

stock cooler ~1.4 is ok. ~1.5 you need like a cm212 or close. ~1.6 or more on water or if you dont care. trouble is some of the lower end h55/p55 boards dont do too well above 1.4.

good part is these chippies are made to take a beating, so go for it!!!
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old December 6, 2010, 05:10 PM
gingerbee's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
F@H
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Orillia, Ontario
Posts: 6,827

My System Specs

Default

clarkdale's i wouldn't go above 1.4 on air at all remember the core is 32nm Electromigration is easier to do then on 45nm justmy2cents. only the gpu and imc are 45nm. i was able to get mine as high as 4.4 4.5 under safe voltage so do you really need any more.
__________________
Fav quote "One should strive to achieve; not sit in bitter regret." Ronin Harris
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old December 17, 2010, 05:40 PM
Top Prospect
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Calgary, AB
Posts: 146
Default

Thanks for response guys, lol I totally forgot about this thread :P I am using an aftermarket cooler, and I've decided to leave it at 4.41GHZ for now.. I feel tempted to push it further, but I'd hate to have it die on me :P..
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Intel Core i3-540 Review Comment Thread SKYMTL CPU's and Motherboards 17 January 11, 2011 12:24 PM
Safe folding@home 24/7 voltages for i7 chrisk Overclocking, Tweaking and Benchmarking 17 January 2, 2011 11:15 AM
i3 540 for gaming Pidg76 CPU's and Motherboards 7 March 26, 2010 11:42 AM
Overclock + Voltages Jake_HT Troubleshooting 6 February 6, 2009 12:09 PM