so you ran some "benchmarks", played HL2, transferred files, ripped DVDs, burned DVDs, played BioShock.... do you realize that all of these don't stress the CPU to 100%?
sigh.....usually it's a little stressfull when your running a few of them simultanious while you wait for results from one app or another.
Stressful on I/O perhaps but not necessarily pushing the CPU to its limit. It's not indication of rock-solid stability in any event.
Intel's TaT seems to be the only problem...... does that make TaT matter?..... to me no, that TaT wouldn't allow me to overclock more than 100mhz while every other app is good with it..... does that make TaT matter?..... to me no.
IMHO TaT's worthless.
note the IMHO, it's like basing my computers overclock on running Prime 95...... if it's 100% stable at everything except Prime 95 do I really care all that much?
I run it to test and then consider the results as a possible issue but I usually run my overclocks higher and if I run into an issue then I go with "well Prime 95 told me it would be an issue"... the problem with TaT for me is that a 100mhz being a possible issue really hurts it's value in my eyes when it's the only application showing any potential problem.
I guess you don't put much value in stability. I'd rather lose 5 or even 10% in performance than have a potentially flaky machine. In my experience I system that fails at Prime 95 will eventually crash or corrupt something else.
BTW, if you were experiencing overheating and throttling with TAT, there's something seriously wrong with your watercooling setup or the DTS sensor on that processor. I don't use TAT as representative of temps under load (I use prime95 for that) because no real application will push the cpu that hard, but your cooling system should be able to handle it if you want your chip to last very long.