Originally Posted by TwoCables
I don't know, but I know that the c-states should always stay enabled unless you either use an Offset voltage or decide to start adjusting the BCLK.
I have a question: why don't you want to increase the voltage? I mean, you have a fairly decent cooler and motherboard, so why not go for it and see if you can exceed 4.5 GHz?
The reason why I don't want to increase the voltage is because OCing that way is confusing and more time consuming. I would rather just adjust one thing and leave the rest to the motherboard. Some people do it that way, and if the BIOS keeps the voltages under reasonable conditions (such as 4.4Ghz below 1.32V), then it shouldn't be a problem for me as long as it's stable, gets good temperatures, and doesn't shorten the lifespan of the CPU. Speaking of which, would volting a CPU at above the amount of volts it should normally have at its clock speed shorten its lifespan (For example: if I had my CPU at stock 3.4Ghz clock at 1.25V, would it shorten its lifespan because it should normally have say, 1.08-1.10)? Or, would it just increase temperature?
Originally Posted by Forceman
1. If you leave the voltage on Auto and just change the multiplier, the motherboard will automatically increase the voltage. So you can put any multiplier you want in there and the board will try to run it, though often at hilariously high voltages. It is better to pick a voltage you are comfortable running, like 1.25V, and then see what multiplier you can get for that voltage. Your specific question is what people can run at stock voltage, and that varies by chip but is usually in the 4.2 range.
2. Yes, even if you get instability from a too high overclock, you should still be able to get into the BIOS (since the overclock isn't running at that point). Most BIOSes also have a fail-safe that resets defaults if it fails to boot too many times in a row.
3. Why turn off Turbo? That's the way overclocking works on these chips, by adjusting the turbo ratios.
4. Most people say 10 runs of IBT for a quick check, then 12 hours of Prime for a final check.
5. The GPU is almost always the limiting factor, and certainly will be with an overclocked i5. But that doesn't really mean anything.
1.) I dunno, I have seen some peoples' BIOS do pretty well with voltages when just leaving things on auto (although the voltages are a bit higher than desired). Usually as long as it's under 1.32V, I'm thinking that I should be fine.
2.) Alright, that's good to know. But I don't know which settings (if any) have been altered in the BIOS when I got my new computer. For example, the company that built it may or may not have set the SSD/HDD to AHCI (or if it's automatically set to default when a HDD is installed on a new build).
3.) Because if I set my clock to around 4.4Ghz, I won't need Turbo Boost because it would be redundant. Why bother having it on if the CPU is going to be able to reach 4.4Ghz when stressed without Turbo Boost? Although, I just thought of an alternative method of OCing I could do (I don't know if it would be any more effective, but it sounds safer than just adjusting the clock speed): Keeping Turbo Boost on and just adjusting it to 4.4Ghz and leaving the CPU's clock alone. That way, I'll still be at stock clock settings but Turbo Boost will be able to jump me up to 4.4Ghz when I'm in-game. I don't know how well or efficient this would work though.
4.) Alright, sounds good. How long does 10 runs of IBT take?
5.) So it will be bottle-necked? How would it effect my performance then? .-.Edited by Ophaq - 2/13/13 at 1:59pm