How capable are Intels stock coolers??

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I'm no expert as I'm still learning myself, but I'm fairly they can NOT handle 'serious OC'ing'

They are 'ok' to overclock a small amount, but even then some people say that you should get an aftermarket cooler as the temps will be so much better
 
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They are rubbish for Overclocking. Look at the Gelid Tranquillo if you want to Overclock on a tight budget.
 
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I'd say stock fan is okay for a clock of around 4ghz, anything higher and you might want to make the switch to an aftermarket cooler. I run an OC of 4.1ghz with stock cooler and so far have had no overheating problems.
 
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Figures - anyone used both stock nd an aftermarket ??

Yes, stock cooler is adequate and reasonably quiet for a stock CPU, easy to install/remove too. For meaningful overclocking it is completely inadequate and the chip may end up hitting the 100*C mark and throttling, not healthy for the chip.
 
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If you have one, use it for any situation where you're without a cooler for a short period, RMA for example.

Running stock or a very low OC would be fine, but the OC would be to the point where you might as well not bother.
 
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i was using my i5 2500k clocked @ 4.2 on stock had about 50-60 temps from gaming a good few hours, i now have an A70 and clocked @ 4.6 with temps 45-50 gaming
 
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that would suggest the stock hsf is perfectly fine for a decent OC?

I've only got my 2500k running at 4ghz under water!
 
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True but linpack is "worst case scenario".

There's still the chance your CPU could heat up to those levels and that's something I couldn't live with.
 
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I have a small 3.8 OC on a stock cooler on my i3 540 Lan box it handles that fine. but I wouldn't go much higher myself.
 
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its meant to be good enough for stock voltages, so see how high you can overclock with ~1.2V
 
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