Originally Posted by snowfree52
Anyway, does a CPU need a break in or does it deliver full power out of the box ?
Cpus usually do their best right out of the box, checking max clocks with a new cpu after a couple hours it usually needs a bit more voltage or lower clocks. not much difference, but i usually think of that as the break in period (from new to where it needs the voltage bump, then it will stay the same for quite a while unless abused).
Originally Posted by Joa3d43
..."heeding advice" ? Interesting choice of words that says quite a lot...
SOME parts of AI Suite are very good for oc'ing, never mind that Asus knows more than most about Asus boards' bios, and AI Suite does directly hook into the Bios (which is not always a good thing). That said, I have oc'ed via Bios, via Asus Suite and via XTU, with the latter being my 1st choice. Still, I find AI Suite can be a great tool as long as you know what you are doing, and I have used it before during several verified world record runs at HWBot.
XTU is more encompassing re a variety of unseen parameters and also less aggressive than AI Suite re vCore etc - but if a OCN member wants to use AI Suite instead of "...heeding your and others' advice" here, that's his or her business...there is a lot of stuff being spouted around here by a few 'individuals who really do not have decades of experience - advice that is actually nonsensical, not 'the last word in wisdom'
I don't like having AI suite installed on a rig, but it does come in handy for testing & can be handy for benching as well.
When testing it is faster to just up the clock or voltage in AI suite & see if it helps, rather than the reboot every time. Once you know the chip, it can be done in bios.
When benching you hit limits of where it wants to be able to load windows, when it crashes loading windows, it can be easier to drop a multi, boot up & then clock it back up on the desktop.
But something about AI suite just bugs me, msi & gigabyte software seems less invasive, you can just shut it off & it isn't there. AI suite likes to hang out in the background even when you don't want it to...
Originally Posted by BradleyW
Well, I just delidded my second 3770k and I've scratched the PCB in 3 places. You can see the copper. I've installed the CPU and everything seems to be working fine? Is there anything I can do to check if the CPU is really working as it should? I ran benchmarks and that seemed fine as well. Anything I could use to cover the small copper scratches?
I usually use clear nail polish or liquid electric tape to insulate. With a nicked PCB it should be done before ever trying to boot it though, you can short circuit a PCB all you want when it isn't powered, as long as there are no shorts when it gets powered up, all is good.
If the cpu PCB is nicked & something live can arc creating a short circuit, it's already to late. Insulate first so there can be no short.
It's like washing a motherboard or gpu in the sink, as long as it dries completely before powering it up it's fine. Not dry, & it won't live long once powered.
Oh yeah, finally found a decent cpu for 3d, validated this & benches fine at 6.4Ghz.
http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=2729279Edited by FtW 420 - 3/13/13 at 3:12pm