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Hey all. Im NEW to Cpu overclocking. Got this Biostar z68 board. (Got a good deal on it, couldn't resist). Thinking about getting a 2600k.

UPDATE: 5 phase board, sry.

Then I heard the Ivy Bridge CPU uses less power, so maybe I can get a better OC on a 5 phase board?

http://www.Newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-138-319

I don't need a crazy OC. Dude on Newegg said he was easily OC his I5 2500k to 4.3ghz on my EXACT board. Said he could have pushed it further, but the Biostar autoclock limited at 1.3v. So a solid 1ghz OC, which is FINE for me :-P

'Im only planning on buying an H60 Corsair. But since SB draws 95 Watts, and IB draws only 77 Watts, should I wait, so I can get a bit higher OC on a 4 phase board? Or will the 18 Watts difference prove to be irrelevant...? I got a pretty good air cooling system going on for my case, so I'm hoping heat wont be an issue for the chip.

Any help is much appreciated.

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Edited by Coach Mcguirk - 2/20/12 at 11:19pm
    
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post #2 of 11
I'd imagine you could squeeze some power out of that board and chip. I just wouldn't be pushing crazy clocks and insane amounts of voltage in to it.

4.0-4.3 sounds reasonable, plus that's reasonable for an H60 as well. So, goodluck, and have fun man thumb.gif
 
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You should be fine to just push it as far as it will go at stock voltage which would probably be around 4.0-4.4ghz. I read a review of my board which is also only a 4 phase and they got a 2500k to 5.1ghz but im scared to pump extra voltage into it for 24/7.
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I'd stick with 4.3GHz at the max.
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A 4 phase-board should get you to about 4.5GHz. That is the going frequency for this power delivery system. But that depends on the CPU and what components are used for a 4 phase system.
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post #6 of 11
Yes you can overclock. Biostar uses strong phases, and quality matters just as much as phase count.

http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=1999920

http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=1804975

http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=1958545
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you coudl do 4.5ghz 24/7 but not more.
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Thanks for all you help so far. Board actually has 5 Power Phases. Not sure how much more that would help.

And so, for Ivy Bridge, would the OC to OC headroom, be any different ya think? 77w vs 95w
    
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Originally Posted by Coach Mcguirk View Post

Thanks for all you help so far. Board actually has 5 Power Phases. Not sure how much more that would help.
And so, for Ivy Bridge, would the OC to OC headroom, be any different ya think? 77w vs 95w

its 4+1 the +1 is for the uncore (VCCSA and VCCIO) The 4 are providing 90% of the power.

Ivy doesn't use much power, **** maybe i shouldn't have said that.
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Originally Posted by Sin0822 View Post

its 4+1 the +1 is for the uncore (VCCSA and VCCIO) The 4 are providing 90% of the power.
Ivy doesn't use much power, **** maybe i shouldn't have said that.

Lol, nice one Sin.. tongue.gif
 
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