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So this was my first OC and I'd like to show it off and see if the wonderful OC.net community has any constructive feedback for me!

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The setup is:
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply

My goal was 4.5Ghz and I met it! I followed this guide closely so thank you very, very much to kennyparker1337 for making it.

Any advice you guys have for a first time OC would be great. You can never have enough advice!

One question though; Would it be worth it to go any higher, and at what point does it become relatively more risky? It's a general use PC, so the toughest thing it'll see is games.
post #2 of 10
that is a great vcore and overclock. most people now are needing close to 1.3v for 4.5. I wouldn't go any higher only because you won't see a big difference in gaming at all from lets say 4.5-4.8 and anyway with your temps any higher than 4.5 and I wouldn't personally feel comfortable. keep it as is under 1.3v and 85c is an awesome spot to be. If you were to delid than I would say go for 4.7, but for as of now have fun and make sure its really 100% stable.
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I have the same cpu and the same cooler. Im running 4.5 but my volts are at 1.336. My temps under load are in the high 80s with a max of like 91c. I added another fan to my cooler (push-pull) but it didnt change the temps all that much. From the looks of it you got a good chip. I left mine at 4.5 only because the temps dont get that high when gaming. im thinking you should be able to hit at least 4.6 no problem. Water cooled maybe higher. For me 4.6 is a big voltage jump. But test it out!
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Thats a really nice OC with that VCORE. Your chip is probably even better than mine since i need 1.2V to get stable 4.4 Ghz. Doubt i can achieve 4.5 Ghz with just a 0.04V increase considering i had to add a whole 0.1V to get stable 4.4 Ghz from 4.2 Ghz / 1.1V
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Originally Posted by Verva View Post

So this was my first OC and I'd like to show it off and see if the wonderful OC.net community has any constructive feedback for me!

OCsceenie.jpg 640k .jpg file

The setup is:
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply

My goal was 4.5Ghz and I met it! I followed this guide closely so thank you very, very much to kennyparker1337 for making it.

Any advice you guys have for a first time OC would be great. You can never have enough advice!

One question though; Would it be worth it to go any higher, and at what point does it become relatively more risky? It's a general use PC, so the toughest thing it'll see is games.

I have same cpu and board. I get 1.176-1.184 load vcore at that clock. You might be able to go lower with llc 4. I hear you shouldn't use anything other then 4-5 llc with this board due to unreported voltage. If you use the cpu for just gaming browsing, and nothing crazy you might be able to lower more. It's still pretty good though.

Oh I also have same cooler. Max temps are under 70c.
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Thats a really nice OC with that VCORE. Your chip is probably even better than mine since i need 1.2V to get stable 4.4 Ghz. Doubt i can achieve 4.5 Ghz with just a 0.04V increase considering i had to add a whole 0.1V to get stable 4.4 Ghz from 4.2 Ghz / 1.1V

Is 1.2 the load vcore while running prime95 or your max? 1.2 is my max at 4.4 oc with prime95 vcore around 1.144.
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I used manual VCORE in the BIOS so it was always 1.2V. Now im at 4.5 Ghz / 1.27V - passed IBT and initial 2 hour Prime 95 small FFT test but temps were kind of high reaching 87C on one of the cores. No WHEA errors so far so ill run Prime 95 again this time for 12+ hours to determine if its really stable.
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I used manual VCORE in the BIOS so it was always 1.2V. Now im at 4.5 Ghz / 1.27V - passed IBT and initial 2 hour Prime 95 small FFT test but temps were kind of high reaching 87C on one of the cores. No WHEA errors so far so ill run Prime 95 again this time for 12+ hours to determine if its really stable.

So whats your load line calibration set to?
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Ultra High LLC if i set it lower the CPU wont get enough V and it becomes unstable - i get loads of WHEA errors.
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Done with the testing, 14+ hours Prime 95 custom blend test 90% memory - 4.5 Ghz / 1.272V using offset VCORE:

http://valid.canardpc.com/2737671

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