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Hi everyone,

I am still choosing what sort of CPU I want to do a large overclock on for fun, it seems that I might go with an Intel 775 socket for the Celeron Ds as they OC very well it seems.

I was just wondering if getting a mini ITX board would be ok for a large overclock, I guess all that would be needed would be a socket for the CPU, a bit of RAM (I have noticed that quite a few high OC rigs just have 2/4GB) and a video output for a screen.

Could I just run with a basic Zotac board or is it too limited with overclocking functions?

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Since there's no MOSFET heatsink, do NOT do it. The VRM phase is probably weak too, you'll mess the board up. Nope nope
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As of right now, the most promising would be the Gigabyte H55 chipset ITX board for socket 1156, plus a dual core processor like the Core i3 550 or even Pentium G 9650. I've heard of some hitting over 4GHz with such setups.

Celeron D? Forget those. Those are Netburst architecture.
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As of right now, the most promising would be the Gigabyte H55 chipset ITX board for socket 1156, plus a dual core processor like the Core i3 550 or even Pentium G 9650. I've heard of some hitting over 4GHz with such setups.

Celeron D? Forget those. Those are Netburst architecture.
Celeron Ds clock to 8.2ghz

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Celeron Ds clock to 8.2ghz

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Is all that you care about the high clock speed, or actual performance? Even at those clock speeds, a stock Core i5 would outperform it.

SERIOUS ANSWER: At this time there is no known mini ITX motherboard on the market that will hit more than the 4GHz range with any CPU. If you want to chase world record overclocks, you should start with a known good overclocking ATX motherboard, and then start looking into extreme cooling (water cooled TECs, phase change, LN2, dry ice). Oh yeah, and make sure your budget supports such a hobby, because often these extreme overclockers go through a number of CPUs to find that magic one that can handle the high clocks. On a more budget level you can get some typical high end cooling (air or water), an overclockable ATX motherboard and a Core i5 655K and aim for the stars. I think this will be the easiest way to high super high clock speeds with commonly available components. The reason for this is because the 655K is the only commonly available CPU that is dual core (less power requirements) and has an unlocked multiplier (less stress on motherboard other than power).

OFF-HAND ANSWER: Have you bumped your head?
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post #6 of 18
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Intel for clock speeds, AMD for actual useful computing
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Gigabytes H55N USB3 motherboard is great for OCing. Got my i3 540 @ 4Ghz with no problems at all. Could easily go for abit more. Only running at 1.2 volts.
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H55n is more than capable for OC'ing a dual core. I ran my 670 at 4.3 with no issue. Mia got his dual core to over 5ghz iirc. Other than that there aren't any ITX boards I would recommend for OC'ing.
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Intel for clock speeds, AMD for actual useful computing
Maybe in the past. Nowadays Intel has the edge clock for clock.
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Maybe in the past. Nowadays Intel has the edge clock for clock.
Ah, so Intel have caught up clock for clock, but still cost waaaay more and have locked multipliers lol
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