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So set the multiplier of my i7-3770 up, and it's been running great at 3.9GHz. It idles around ~40c, and as I kept forgetting to look at temperatures while/after doing some gaming, I Folded at full for about an hour, and it seems to idle around 58-60c.

I don't really do a whole lot that is super demanding like folding often, 90% of the time it's watching movies, shows, or playing games. But I'm wondering if pushing that multiplier up higher would be a good idea with the temperatures I currently have.

I'm using Speccy to monitor the temperatures, but I have CPUz as well that I occasionally glance at just to make sure I'm not getting wrong readings. And speccy doesn't really show voltages, only temperatures. Though if it matters (as I'm sure it does), CPUz is registering anywhere from 1.23-1.28V while doing the folding.

I know every processor OCs differently, but I'm still new to the whole OC game, and prefer to error on the side of caution and ask a group who's a bit more knowledgeable than me before I do something!

Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 24
What sort of CPU cooler do you have? Gaming shoudn't raise the temps any higher as folding I don't think and probably less. If you have a decent aftermarket cooler then no reason why you cant push the CPU a bit higher to 4.4-4.6 GHz. Depending on your GPU and games you use It will probably get you a few extra FPS.
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What sort of CPU cooler do you have? Gaming shoudn't raise the temps any higher as folding I don't think and probably less. If you have a decent aftermarket cooler then no reason why you cant push the CPU a bit higher to 4.4-4.6 GHz. Depending on your GPU and games you use It will probably get you a few extra FPS.

AH! Sorry, I forgot to mention the most important part! It's the Antec Kuhler 620. It's a closed loop liquid cooler. I didn't change the thermal paste though, just went with the stock paste the cooler already had on it (I say stock...but sense it's an after market cooler...after market thermal paste? semantics I suppose)

The only thing I'm worried about is voltage, but it looks like it automatically adjusts the necessary voltage as I adjust the multiplier? at least so shows CPU z, as more load hit the processor, voltage went up, when I stopped folding, the voltage dropped substantially, under a volt at times.
post #4 of 24
did you use auto voltage ?

Use offset or manual voltage

On a antec Kuhler 620 you should do 4.4Ghz
post #5 of 24
4.5Ghz or 45 on your multiplier is kinda the sweet spot most have for our 3770k and manually set ur voltage... or u can set coltage to offset +.005 but i prefer static voltage.... most take around 1.24 volts give or take .01volts or so but for everyday use and folding i wouldnt go much farther than 4.5Ghz

P.S. I have an H100i closed loop setup and prior to me delidding my 3770k at 4.5Ghz i got mid to upper 70s sometime low 80s on temps but after delidding ( in my sig is a link on how to do it without a razor blade ) my temps at 4.5Ghz while foling dont ever touch 60s..... so if you are worried about temps doing the razor-less method take only a few seconds and has an extremely high success rate with nothing but amazing results in the end.
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post #6 of 24
If the CPU voltage is set to auto, then it will automatically change as the frequency changes. Using Auto voltage is fine for low to moderate overclock (4.2–4.4),but once you get above that you'll want to set the voltage yourself.

As for continuing to overclock, just monitor the voltage (CPU-z) and the core temps (Coretemp or Realtemp) as you go up in multiplier. I'd try to keep the voltage under 1.35V and the temps in the 70s to low 80s under load. Don't worry about the idle temps.
post #7 of 24
Forceman, offset adjust based on frequency too it just doesn't act all crazy asking for 1.3V to do 4GHz
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If the CPU voltage is set to auto, then it will automatically change as the frequency changes. Using Auto voltage is fine for low to moderate overclock (4.2–4.4),but once you get above that you'll want to set the voltage yourself.

As for continuing to overclock, just monitor the voltage (CPU-z) and the core temps (Coretemp or Realtemp) as you go up in multiplier. I'd try to keep the voltage under 1.35V and the temps in the 70s to low 80s under load. Don't worry about the idle temps.

So I can set the voltage to manual, and...say...1.33V, and then do more poking at the multiplier, sound about right?

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Forceman, offset adjust based on frequency too it just doesn't act all crazy asking for 1.3V to do 4GHz

Not sure I understand at all what you mean here xD
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4.5Ghz or 45 on your multiplier is kinda the sweet spot most have for our 3770k and manually set ur voltage... or u can set coltage to offset +.005 but i prefer static voltage.... most take around 1.24 volts give or take .01volts or so but for everyday use and folding i wouldnt go much farther than 4.5Ghz

I'm using the non-K version, so not sure if a difference is there or not, and that's also about .1 volts less than forceman above recommends...any particular reason on that?
post #9 of 24
well if u need 1.3 volts to get to 4.5Ghz then u need to RMA ur chip ........ Most to all people need only 1.23v - 1.25v on average.... now given some go as low as 1.1v and some do take 1.3v, but there is no need to run 1.3volts unless u have to ..... if it was me i would start at 1.20 volts and start running stability tests with prime 95..... If u BSOd or prime crashes bump voltage by only .01 volts at a time till u find the lowest volts required to be stable at 4.5Ghz ( lower voltage = lower temps )

Now as for your 3770 not being the K version im not sure how much you will be limited to on overclocking .... some mother boards can allow overclocking of no K chips such as my ASRock Extreme 6 but personally I have never owned a non K chip and attempted to clock it.

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post #10 of 24
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That...is the info I was looking for! Thanks! I'll probably do this tomorrow or Tuesday...depending on what comes up tomorrow. Stupid work needing me in the morning stopping me from staying up and OCing all night. Also...which of the three prime95 tests should I use?
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