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Hello to my future Intel brothers, I got tired of waiting for Bulldozer so now i'm buying a Sandy Bridge. My question is I can get an i7 2600k that's guaranteed to hit 5.0GHz, but it's gonna run a bit over retail for the CPU. Is it worth buying?


FYI. I'm sure somebody will point it out, but I know that the 2600k is overkill for gaming. But I do encoding with this system as well.
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I've built four i5-2500k systems so far and two i7-2600k systems.....


ALL of them have gone to atleast 4.35GHz - and the one that was doing that was on stock cooling (cheap customer) and I didn't try higher because I didn't want to cook eggs since it was already hot in my house.
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Do you want/need 4GHz, shouldn't be much difference over 4.0. It's up to you if you think you need the power
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Most i7 2600k's will easily do 4.6+ - I don't really see any need for 5GHZ for anything other than bragging rights. Paying anything over retail for something "guaranteed" to hit 5ghz isn't worth it IMO - Mine does an easy 5+ghz but no real need for over 4.8 in my case

Also remember that getting a high overclock is also dependent on surrounding hardware. Just because one motherboard does 5ghz at a certain voltage doesn't mean that your motherboard will.
Edited by appleg33k85 - 6/2/11 at 5:16am
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Originally Posted by Olepolecat View Post
Hello to my future Intel brothers, I got tired of waiting for Bulldozer so now i'm buying a Sandy Bridge. My question is I can get an i7 2600k that's guaranteed to hit 5.0GHz, but it's gonna run a bit over retail for the CPU. Is it worth buying?


FYI. I'm sure somebody will point it out, but I know that the 2600k is overkill for gaming. But I do encoding with this system as well.
I haven't seen many i7 not hit 5ghz... and even then I'm sure you'll be just fine if your OC is limited to, lets say 4.6ghz or so. The chip is fast in and of itself.
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post #6 of 9
The question isn't can it hit 5Ghz - it's at what voltages does it hit 5Ghz and is it stable at that voltage?

If it is reasonably low voltage then yes it would be worth the premium, otherwise the answer is NO.
    
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post #7 of 9
Guess it depends on how much the premium is. If it's fairly small amount then yes- if not and I really wanted 5.0ghz I would test and return until I got one that worked. So how much is the hassle of swapping, testing, and waiting worth?
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post #8 of 9
It you wanna run 5.0 ghz for sure, use watercooling with 480 or 560 radiator for the cpu only. ^_^V
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post #9 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by werds View Post
The question isn't can it hit 5Ghz - it's at what voltages does it hit 5Ghz and is it stable at that voltage?

If it is reasonably low voltage then yes it would be worth the premium, otherwise the answer is NO.
This is exactly what I was going to write.
Every 2500k rig I've built could hit 5.0 but one needed 1.48v which isn't great but it ended up doing 4.7 at 1.35v.
I'm sure if you bought retail that within the safe voltage range (whatever one you decide to go with), I'm sure you'd be able to hit some good numbers.. there's not a huge difference between 4.5 and 5ghz, one you're up that high you're going to see diminished returns.
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