TAT is one of the most stressful apps that one can use for an Intel CPU. This means your OC does not really hold even you think it does.
the problem here is relevance and having done some research on my own I've found out that TaT is virtually worthless having been developed for mobile cpu's it's temp indications are fundamentally flawed and the synthetic load test seems dubious at best.
1st I ran the 2180 at 3000mhz and played BioShock from Start to Finnish, I played Half Life 2 the entire series from start to finnish, I burned and decoded numerous DVD's, burned files like crazy, did file transfers, benchmarked the system extensively........ I did everything that ppl usually do when using their computer with gaming obviously being the most demanding although DVD decryption is usually somewhat stressful and for months the system was fine no hiccups, no pauses, nothing .... p.s. I knew ahead of time the cut down cache would hinder performance but I was expecting more and the cpu was never what I would have considered a good value to me.
anyway so I'm living with this cpu and I'm introduced to Intel's TaT application.
running the cpu's at TaT's 100% immediately shoots them to an indicated 85c and they clock throttled........ even running the cpu's at 50% resulted in eventual overheats and clock throttling....... this from cpu's that were powering a system under all sorts of real world loads and ran without a hiccup........50% load is too much by far and BioShock or Half Life 2 gaming for 3+ hours doesn't load the cpu more than TaT in less than 2 minutes?...... I'm not saying they weren't being stressed but I am saying what is TaT doing to kill these cpu's like nothing else can....(no question mark it's rhetorical)... and not just somewhat more but the synthetic results didn't reflect real world useage nor even remotely come close..... additionally understand I'm using a PolarFlo water cooling system with dbl 120mm fanned radiator and swiftech water pump..... this same cooling setup kept an Intel P4 running 4200+mhz under 55c, an opteron dual core running 2800mhz under 53c under full "real world" load for both..... in the case of the Opteron I burned 9 DVD's in 2 hrs while gaming as much as I could while running WMP, while websurfing, while doing a 9gb File transfer trying to punish the system as it was my fist dual core..... it had 2LG DVD+-RW's, 2gb's of ram and Striped Raptors which I'm sure helped.
anyway so I figure "well let's see what TaT say's I can do for an overclock without overheating?"..... the results 2100mhz... yes folks TaT would overheat the 2180 when under it's 100% load even with water cooling if left running long enough even at a meager 100mhz overclock and what made me consider even more was that without a doubt my cooling system was far more efficient than the stock Intel heatsink... this made me question whether TaT had any value at all but sadly by then it was too late and the damage was done.
to me TaT is entirely worthless given the 2180 would have overheated at it's stock 2000mhz with the stock heatsink had I used the tool making it worthless...... punishing the cpu to gain information is something, TaT isn't IMHO.
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