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Ok so a year ago I upgraded my old gaming rig (C2D E8400 and 8800GTS 512) to an AMD 1055T and xFired 5770's based system. The 5770's were a huge disappointment, but my 1055T OC'd to 3.9 quite nicely.

A few memory "upgrades" later and all of a sudden, I cannot get past 3.7gHz. Any attempt to even get into windows above 3.8gHz and I'd get a lovely BSOD about 2minutes after logging in.

Finally figured out the problem was the 8gb memory sticks I put in not too long ago, so I swapped them out for some new G.Skill Ripjaws and tadaaaa - I can hit 3.9 again... Unless I do anything heavy-duty like rendering or encoding video. My temps would hit above 60°C within minutes of starting P95. I've NEVER spent more than $35 on a CPU fan, but my Kingwin XT-1264 Xtreme CPU fan just wasn't cutting it any more.

Sooooo after several days on frostytech.com and reading on these boards, I sucked it up and dropped the greens on a Noctua NH-D14.

Imagine God rays shining from heaven: I feel like a whole new world of overclocking has been opened up to me.

Here's how things improved for me:

Kingwin and my 1055T OC'd to 3.7gHz:
idle temp ______________20minutes of LinX and P95
CPU = 24°C _______________ CPU = 59°C
mobo = 38°C _____________mobo = 42°C.

NH-D14 and my 1055T OC'd to 4.0gHz:
idle temp _____________2 hours of LinX and P95
CPU = 21°C _______________CPU = 51°C
mobo = 31°C _____________mobo = 35°C.

Even overclocked by an additional 300mHz, my CPU and mobo run MUCH cooler than previously. And the bonus is, the Noctua is also MUCH quieter.

I never thought I'd get my 1055T to 4.0gHz. Now I'm wondering if I could shoot for 4.1gHz...cool.gif

Anywho, I have ZERO friends who know anything about computers. I have repeated my joyous news countless times this past week to blank stares and yawns. I realize 4.0gHz is nothing special here, but at least my fellow, random internet nerds can appreciate the joy of a new component making all the difference in the OCing world.

The end.
Edited by below20hz - 12/4/11 at 1:53pm
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congrats dude, know the feeing of no tec friends, they dont appreciate the world like we do,
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Congratz!

How quiet is she.
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i only got 1 friend who half understand what i talk about sometimes, now lets see you push ur 1055T to infinity and beyond
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thanks for the support guys.

as far as quietness goes, let's see. well for reference, I have both fans installed and I didn't use the ULNA adapters, so what I'm experiencing is as loud as the D14 gets. And even at full speed (1250rpm) both fans are only a tad louder than the Kingwin was when at idle. So that's pretty quiet cuz the Kingwin is nice and quiet itself - easily quiet enough to use in HTPC.

i am eager to see if i can hit 4.1gHz, i know I'm probably near or at the limit for a Thuban. I'd love to go with an i5 2500k, but I just don't wanna fork out the dough for a new mobo too. argh. why can't i just be rich?
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it really depends on the chip. I can get my 1090T @ 4.1ghz 3ghz NB on my corsair h50 (push/pull)

and yeah an i5 2500k would be great on your NH-D14. I'd love to try your cooler on my i7 950
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Congrats man
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Congratulations. And rest assured that the fans you have are about as good as it gets. You can get quieter fans. You can get fans that cool better. But you cannot get quieter fans that cool better. See item 4 in my sig.

So you're set for cooling. From here on the chips will get cooler, not hotter. So you may have spent the last money you need to spend on cpu cooling.
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I know how you feel put that bad boy on my i7 920 and it works great.
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Same here I am very happy

30 mins of prime95



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