Originally Posted by markallen1988
So I finally got around to trying to stabilize 4.5GHz now that I'm delidded. I had it stable to the point of passing IBT no problems, but I would still get WHEA errors while gaming. That was using High LLC with +.025 offset, which gave me 1.28-1.288 Vcore under load. I hadn't followed all the settings in the guide. So last night, I entered all the settings exactly as described in the guide, and I was able to go to -.03 offset with Ultra High LLC, which gives me 1.264-1.272 under load. Was able to pass IBT with as much as -.04 offset, but prime threw out WHEA errors so I lowered it back down. I played Crysis 3 for about 4 hours last night at these settings with no WHEA errors. But Prime fails after 18 minutes with this Vcore. If all I'm doing is gaming and web browsing and such, is passing Prime really necessary when all of the games/programs I use are stable at this overclock? I would rather not feed my 3770k 1.3+ volts just to get Prime stable when it's the only program that gives me WHEA errors. I won't be folding or doing anything other than maybe video encoding that will put a full load on my CPU. Thanks Swag and everyone else for your insight, this guide and the feedback in the 4000+ comments has really helped me with learning how to OC Ivy.
There is nothing that is 100% stable, and how close you try to get to that is completely up to you. There are plenty of people out there that oc and don’t run Prime95 for 12 or 24 hours. You just have to be prepared to have the occasional instability, crash, bsod, etc.
A WHEA error does mean your oc is not really stable, so I would suggest following the guide and bumping up the vCore just a bit. However that is just my opinion. If you just game, and other casual stuff you can get by. There is no problem using 1.3v if you are worried about that, as long as your temps are ok.
The reason I recommend following the guide and getting at least 12 hours of Prime with zero issue or WHEA is so you hopefully won’t have to worry about it later. If you end up having some random problem with your rig, you will be wondering if it was your chip oc or not.