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Safe voltage and temp for 4770k?

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So I jumped onto the bandwagon and got myself a 4770k.

I know they run hot....really hot and I have no intention of delidding because I'm not hardcore enough and I really can't afford another one if something goes wrong. (Hate intel for the crappy paste and glue).

Now the question is what should be the highest voltage I should set for my 4770k? I'm thinking 1.25 just to be on the safe side but then I read people going up to 1.3v etc.

I know voltage goes hand in hand with temp so what should the highest temp be for my 4770k under full load? I.E running in AIDA64? Is anything in the mid 90's considered safe? Or should I be lowering the temp down to the high 80's? Bearing in mind my pc will run a good 8-12 hours everyday.

Hoping to get a 4.6ghz overclock out of this from a decent air cooler and maybe more if I'm lucky!
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You could easily do 1.4V+ without damaging the chip due to voltage. Bottom line is that the primary limiting factor on an air cooler is going to be temperature for these chips. I just got mine yesterday so I haven't fine tuned it too much yet, but the preliminary stable OC I've got is 4.5 GHz at 1.32V, and Prime95 makes my chip jump up to 75-80C pretty much right away on a Noctua NH-D14
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Originally Posted by Exolaris View Post

You could easily do 1.4V+ without damaging the chip due to voltage. Bottom line is that the primary limiting factor on an air cooler is going to be temperature for these chips. I just got mine yesterday so I haven't fine tuned it too much yet, but the preliminary stable OC I've got is 4.5 GHz at 1.32V, and Prime95 makes my chip jump up to 75-80C pretty much right away on a Noctua NH-D14

Maybe I'm asking for too much with 4.6 GHz at 1.25...are you happy with your 4.5 at 1.32?

Back to the temp question, I have read somewhere that these stress testers like prime95, AIDA64, OCCT etc actually ask a lot from your cpu and it is highly unlikely that in real life you will do nothing that will ask so much from you cpu including gaming and editing. So even if the temps hit the 90's in these stress testers it is relatively safe as long as its stable as the 'real' temp from using your everyday applications like gaming and editing will be lower to the low/mid 80's as they don't ask as much from the cpu.

Is this true?
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As long as your OC is pretty stable (not crashing under Intel Burn Test or AIDA64), I'd more or less ignore the temps during stress tests and just monitor temps during everyday usage. Also note that the chip will begin to throttle itself if it gets too hot.
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