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Hey

 

I'm a little bit noobish when it comes to overclocking, especcially all those voltages in the BIOS, it confuses me, and tbh, I have no idea what half the settings mean or do, in the BIOS.

 

I used to have a Noctua NH-U9B SE2, but seriously, I couldn't even get above 4GHz without getting a Blue Screen Of Death as soon as the PC gets past POST.

 

So I removed the Noctua cooler the day before yesterday, and put back my old Corsair H60. This did allow me to go to 4.14GHz, but seriously, we're talking about a 980 EXTREME processor, surely it can handle more than that?

 

So, technically, I left everything on auto, except the following few things:

 

Multiplier on 31

BCLK on 133

CPU Voltage on 1.5

almost every feature in the Advanced CPU menu disabled, which I find a shame because I like HT and the 6 extra cores it brings.

 

I don't think I changed anything else.

 

This ran stable, I ran it through IntelBurnInTest 5x, but there was a giant problem with it: I had CoreTemp running all that while, and it recorded a temperature of max. 99°C. Now, I may not be an expert on temperatures and CPU overclocking and all that, but as far as I thought, 99°C is pretty hot.

 

Now here's my hardware:

 

ASUS P6T Deluxe V2

Intel i7 980X

Corsair HX750W

Corsair H60

EVGA GTX 580 1.5GB

500GB HDD 7200 RPM (and about 7TB in external USB 2/3.0 HDDs)

 

Now my question:

 

what can I do to increase my overclocking? Are there any settings I can try that should increase the CPU's total GHz?

If you don't mind, dont' link me to yet another guide, I'd appreciate that.

 

 

Thanks in advance

UltraVolta425


Edited by UltraVolta425 - 3/26/12 at 4:54am
 
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Please please please,right now take that CPU off 1.5v before you kill it biggrin.gif
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I'm at work now, so my PC is turned off, and will do that as soon as I get back home.
Meanwhile, any other tips and settings I could change?
 
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Also, I'm wondering, is it possible to get to a stable 5GHz - or at the very least 4.6GHz without buying any new hardware?
 
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There we go, I managed to get my rig stable at the same speed, but at 1.35V CPU Voltage.
Now for the question I asked before: any advice on how to get more out of my CPU?
 
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You won't be getting anything like 5ghz stable. They all generally do around 4, the good ones around 4.2-4.3 with the golden ones around 4.4-4.5. You will just have to do your own testing to see what is best for you.

Stay below 1.4v for 24/7 use, keep temps below 85c during stress testing. This will ensure no degradation occurs on your nice chip.

Try lowering your multi to 27 and increasing the BCLK to see if you can get more out if it. You may need to look at other voltages such as VTT as well. That is for your on chip memory controller. Stay below 1.4v for this one.
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Thanks for your honesty, I appreciate it. It'll save my PC from harm.
I'll try the 27 multiplier later, when I'm back home (at work again now).

Just a question, though: so the i7 980X doesn't really overclock all that much. How about the i7 3960X? And the i7 3930K?
 
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CPU Voltage on 1.5

Way too much.

I wouldn't go over 1.4v, and lower is better.
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Also, I'm wondering, is it possible to get to a stable 5GHz - or at the very least 4.6GHz without buying any new hardware?

No, not even remotely.

4.2GHz might work on an H60, but that is really going to be pushing your cooling unless it's a very special chip.

4.3-4.4 might be do able on good water. Depends on the chip.
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Just a question, though: so the i7 980X doesn't really overclock all that much. How about the i7 3960X? And the i7 3930K?

SB-E chips (like the 3960X and 3930K) tend to do 200-400MHz more than Gulftown, I still wouldn't expect more than 4.4-4.5GHz on an H60.

Also, they are on a totally different socket, so you'd need a new motherboard to use them.
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Money isn't a problem so I knew I would have to spend my money on new machinery (mb & cpu).

I'd seriously like 5GHz as a CPU speed. I was busy saving for a custom watercooling loop (mostly parts of XSPC). Will it matter much, in comparison to the H60?
Or do you think I should start thinking about phase changing cooling? Or is there another way to get to 5GHz (for 24/7 use, btw, well, except for when I'm at work which is 8 hours a day) without going into that whole liquid nitrogen business?

EDIT: let me put the question as simple as it gets: what do I need to get my CPU to and past 5GHz, regardless of the cost?
(Except for liquid nitrogen, sorry, nothing against you guys but I think I'm just not ready for that yet)
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