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Do I have the worst 3770k of them all!! RMA maybe???

post #1 of 14
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Hi everybody,

I would like a bit of advice please as I think I have either got the worst 3770k of them all, or maybe it's faulty?!
Full rig spec in my signature.

Ok, so I was running a 3570k, but I've just bought a 3770k a few days ago as I've been doing some work with HD videos and I read that HT can add 15-20% extra performance with things like this. Plus, from the vast majority of threads I've seen, people say that the i7 should OC slightly better.
Well, how wrong was that idea. This 3770k won't OC past 4.4Ghz no matter what I do, and even at 4.4 it needs 1.325v to keep it stable! Well I say stable, I still get Windows event WHEA error 19's even at 1.325v. In fact I've been getting WHEA error's even at stock clock with auto voltage. And also as you can imagine my temps are also very high because of the voltage.

So can I ask, is this just a really bad chip or could it be a return to retailer or RMA job, would it qualify for that??? I ask because I have no idea what the criteria is for a returning a chip. Or am I stuck with it??? I mean my 3570k OC'ed to 4.6 at 1.25v, so this thing is pretty damn bad.
Or maybe, is there something I'm overlooking, something I should be changing like the LLC or PLL???

Would really appreciate some advice,
Thanks to all
post #2 of 14
can't push mine past 4.5 regardless of the voltage, it just won't stay stable. I don't think your missing out on a whole lot of performance though...3770's on average don't overclock that well. I got mine from Intel's retail training program for $100, so I never really complained/ couldn't try returning it.
 
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Can't say it's faulty because it doesn't overclock well. Intel releases it as a "k" version because it CAN be overclocked, not that it will overclock to X amount. As long as it runs stock stable its a functioning chip.

Now you can purchase the protection plan that if you fry it you get 1 replacement only, or you could try returning it for refund and purchase another depending on store. I think that way is kinda crappy but to each their own.
post #4 of 14
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Wow really. So I'm no the only one then. Well since I found mine was so bad, now I'm finding all the posts and threads about how bad the 3770k's are at OC'ing, when before I got it all I could see was people saying "I got mine to 4.8 at 1.2v", and techpowerup.com review where they showed a 3570k max OC achievable 4.5 and the 3770k max OC 4.9 at just 1.3v!

Well, I guess maybe I was blinded by the thought of more performance and just subconsciously ignored them :-\

By any chance do you know anything about Delidding them and what it really offers???

Thanks for your reply pal, oh and nice price for your chip =)
post #5 of 14
Delidding will help temps, but you're not even stable at 1.325v. It'd be one thing if you were stable, but temps were pushing it.
 
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post #6 of 14
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Yeah, I think I'm gonna at least try returning it to the store as I'm getting the WHEA errors even at stock. If all that fails, I might just sell it, I'll lose a good chunk of cash but at least I could put that towards a decent custom loop to cool my i5 then push that higher.

Oh well, what an impulsive idiot I am sad-smiley-002.gif
post #7 of 14
Hey Euphoria,

What was the eventual outcome of this? My 3770k is pretty useless too and won't seem to go past 4.3GHz without the voltages and temps going too high. I've also thought about RMA but don't know what the rules are with what can get RMA'd or not.

I'd be interested in hearing what happened :-)
post #8 of 14
Take a look at my thread

http://www.overclock.net/t/1423906/intel-i7-3770k-event-id-19

This just started happening for me too, the CPU is 1 years old and I never had problems before.
post #9 of 14
There seems to be that the latest releases from Intel batches are just terrible overclockers all together, i'm not sure why this is but that's my personal experience i just bought the 4770K and it won't pass 4.4 either (>.<)
post #10 of 14
If it's the hyper 212 you are cooling it with, there's a big chance of it getting too hot and becoming unstable. My 3770k 4.6GHz 1.3V OC is rock stable when sitting at a mere 50-60c under water cooling, but with the stock cooler, it runs at about 70c and becomes unstable. WHEA-errors and BSODs occur.

Get better cooling and try lower to lover volts to keep it cooler for starters. Even 10c can make a big difference.

edit: necroed...
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