Originally Posted by PP Mguire
Yea I use a Kill-A-Watt.
Yea you're right there, upgrading the CPU will only make a small difference in games and a huge difference in benchmarks. Not exactly worth it.
That's why I think there's something up. Instead of going down it should only make it slightly go up. Are you sure your load temp is only 65? Have you tested this with something like Furmark?
Well I've been using the stress test and GPU burn-in from Kombustor 2.3 to see where the max GPU temp gets to. 65C is the highest I've seen it go since rerouting my wires and eliminating fan controllers (hard wired to 100%). But it takes forever for it to get that high, and that was overclocked as high as it would go with the voltage as high as it would go.
Without the overclock/overvolt it levels off at 61-62C. In BF3 and modded Skyrim it stays around 50C with a max of 60C. Idles at 30C.
I did have a 2-3 max fps increase when overclocked in the stress tests though. So maybe its just 3DMark? Wouldn't really make sense though.
Edit: So I tried Furmark just to be sure on the temps since you mentioned it, same temp 61-62C is where it levels off.
I also did no overclock vs overclock in Furmark, and I gain 1fps overclocked (1254/3206) vs not overclocked. Maybe it is just 3DMark?