The I7 920 Love Hate Relationship
I've always known that my CPU has run hot, but that didn't stop me from overclocking it. No, it made me want to push it to the limits. I have what I firmly believe to be a high heat leak chip from the 920 Golden Batch. Sure I can run 24/7 at 4.0GHz @ 1.2v (I never said the chip was golden, but the batch is the best as far as I know), but if I want to run a stress test and remain under 90 I can forget about it. It runs games at a cozy 70c and sometimes higher (damn you Crysis!). However I normally don't run it at 4.0GHz to game, a nice 3.8 OC does the job well enough. My cooler has come into question many times, and its a good cooler for what it is. Zalman has always been a good company to me in the past, and this cooler was of quality build despite not living up to my hopes and dreams. For a short time I did put a Noctua U12 on it, but the temp drop wasn't significant enough for me to warrant changing the cooler. 85c in LinX still was a bit too high for me. Now I am faced with the need for a decent cooler because I want to push my chip farther than I have it currently (those higher benchmark scores really appeal to me). But as I type this I think to myself, do I need it. Do I want the stress of potentially wrecking my chip for some cheap thrills. The answer still remains on the yes half of the scale. I know I will enjoy my Rasa when I receive it and hope that it will finally satisfy me in the heat dissipation of my CPU. Despite me trying to torture my CPU and smash its life into little bits, it still loves me and runs all my games and video compiling like a champ. So here's to a long future with my i7 920 that I plan to keep until it can't function properly and is a smouldering black spot on the top of my motherboard.