Originally Posted by FtW 420
The A is part of the lot number. It has no meaning as far as the heat or voltage of a cpu, it may be relevant to one series of a particular cpu release, but nothing constant..
Where he has A - Stepping (A less voltage more heat, B more voltage less heat, C too rare to know advantages), that is just bad info.
A don't always use less voltage or have more heat, B doesn't always use more voltage or have less heat, C aren't always rare or exceptional, they can be worse than A or B, or not.
Sometimes those descriptions might be accurate when looking at a cpu, but will change constantly.
Ah I wasn't referring to the the guy talking about C, the ones I found only talked about the differences between A and B which was quite similar to his shorter description. This had to have spawned from somewhere as it dates back pretty far, I"m reading through alot of the Intel documents on the site, dating back to when the Extreme Series first debuted.
Originally Posted by Cool Mike
My RIVBE is running great. Spent s short amount of time overclocking my 4930k. Settled in at 4.6Ghz at 1.42V in bios (1.44V in CPUZ)
This cpu will not clock much over 4.6 unless you hit it with way too high volts. Seems most Ivy's are that way. Keep in mind that a 4930K @ 4.6 is like a 3930K at 4.8. I have owned both. Running 32gb 2400 memory at 10-12-12-30 timings. Intel Burn stable.
The Audio section definitely reviles PCIe based cards .
The pic below shows the overclocking panel installed in a 5.25 inch bay.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Glad to hear about the sound card, and grats, added you to the OC panel on the OP
Originally Posted by Arm3nian
I haven't seen any leeks by Intel. There is rarely any talk about the K vs the X to begin with.
Does the price imply a higher binned chip? Maybe, maybe it doesn't
For this reason I want to make a section for everyone on how well their CPU's stack up, since IVY-E only has 3-4 cpu's that released it seems, it'll be easier to keep track, as the majority here are running 4930k's with the exception of 1 - 2 X's granted we all have the same board, this will definitely help gain some statistics, we can compare batches, CPU's , etc. May prove fruitless but it'll be interesting to see.
Originally Posted by Redshift 91
I don't have any experience with SB-e, what's a good max voltage for a 24/7 OC? I can't seem to get 4.6 GHz stable at slightly <1.4v is it okay go increase the voltage further, or will I degrade my chip too fast?
I'm also curious what the normal voltage limit is before you're really lowering the life expectancy.