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Question Overclock + Electronic Hotness Smell = Bad? - 10-10-2011, 13:45 | posts: 1,185 | Location: USA

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I just overclocked a brand new CPU and motherboard and I am getting a weird electronic smell. I'm using a E4300 Conroe and have it clocked to 3GHz. Is there a break in period for new electronics or am I literally frying something inside the case? I have great airflow and have easily achieved 3.15GHz using this same CPU on a MSI 650i board using the same voltages for CPU and NB. Is there a break in period? Does the thermal paste smell like this during the break-in/setting period for a new CPU install? Please advise

Relevant System Specs
CPU: E4300 Conroe @ 3.0GHz
Heatsink: Tuniq Tower 120
Motherboard: XFX nForce 750i SLI
Stress Test: Orthos - Small FFT's test
Temp During Test: Between 155F to 160F (68.3C to 71.1C) degrees
RAM: 3GB DDR2-800MHz, 4-4-4-12@2T, Unlinked (bios setting)
Power Supply: Thermaltake ToughPower 750w
Case: Antec 900 Gaming Case (5x 120mm Fans, 1x 250mm Fan)

Voltages (red = modified value, blue = default value)
CPU Voltage: 0.1325v (default was 0.0000v)
Memory Voltage: 1.90
VTT FSB Voltage: 1.200
NB Voltage: 1.32v (default was 1.24v)
SB Core Power: 1.50v

CPU-Z - Stock


CPU-Z - Overclocked

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Default 10-10-2011, 14:00 | posts: 4,815 | Location: Scotland

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I just overclocked a brand new CPU and motherboard and I am getting a weird electronic smell. I'm using a E4300 Conroe and have it clocked to 3GHz. Is there a break in period for new electronics or am I literally frying something inside the case? I have great airflow and have easily achieved 3.15GHz using this same CPU on a MSI 650i board using the same voltages for CPU and NB. Is there a break in period? Does the thermal paste smell like this during the break-in/setting period for a new CPU install? Please advise
need more info, check your Temps, and what voltages are you using???

Also what cooler are you using??
   
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Processor: Core 2 Duo E4300 @ 3.15GH
Mainboard: XFX nForce 750i
Memory: 3GB GeIL DDR2-800Mhz
Soundcard: X-Fi XtremeGamer / Logite
PSU: Thermaltak Toughpower 750
Default 10-10-2011, 14:42 | posts: 1,185 | Location: USA

Relevant System Specs
CPU: E4300 Conroe @ 3.0GHz
Heatsink: Tuniq Tower 120
Motherboard: XFX nForce 750i SLI
Stress Test: Orthos - Small FFT's test
Temp During Test: Between 155F to 160F (68.3C to 71.1C) degrees
RAM: 3GB DDR2-800MHz, 4-4-4-12@2T, Unlinked (bios setting)
Power Supply: Thermaltake ToughPower 750w
Case: Antec 900 Gaming Case (5x 120mm Fans, 1x 250mm Fan)

Voltages (red = modified value, blue = default value)
CPU Voltage: 0.1325v (default was 0.0000v)
Memory Voltage: 1.90
VTT FSB Voltage: 1.200
NB Voltage: 1.32v (default was 1.24v)
SB Core Power: 1.50v

CPU-Z - Stock


CPU-Z - Overclocked

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Default 10-10-2011, 15:48 | posts: 4,815 | Location: Scotland

hmmmm nothing seems too out of place there, so I have no idea what is causing that smell...

There i a chance that because its all new, and running warmer than you usually do, it could give off a slight electrical smell, so i'd keep an eye on it for a week or two.. Hopefully it will just disappear...


But everything seems in order... Temps seem fine, they could be a wee bit lower, but nothing to loose sleep over....
   
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Default 10-10-2011, 16:30 | posts: 8,105 | Location: United Kingdom

If some electronics were burning you'd know about it by know as they would have stopped functioning, I think we are all familiar with the strong burning smell when electronics burn out.
   
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Default 10-12-2011, 04:22 | posts: 1,185 | Location: USA

After making my original post I changed the clock down to 2.6GHz which didn't require any voltages to be raised above stock. Here we are, many days later, and this thing still stinks to high heaven. I think it is pretty safe to say that the smell is most likely just the new motherboard breaking/baking in =). Thank you very much for the feedback guys!
   
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Default 10-13-2011, 14:31 | posts: 18

Electronic hotness... Sounds like a musical group to me.
   
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