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Intel Core I7 965 XE (Bloomfield) Overclocking. NEED HELP!!!

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I have decided to try and figure out how to overclock my Intel Core I7 965 XE

I'm not sure how to overclock and I'm quite new to the idea.

I'm running an MSI X58A-GD65 Motherboard. My CPU cooler is a CoolerMaster V8


At the moment, after running a couple CPU intensive games such as Arma 2 and Arma 3 My core temp is still 41 degrees C bellow Max.

Running both games at the same time It uses 56% of my CPU.

I ran Core tests and at 100% CPU usage I was getting still around 41 degrees C bellow Max. I'm running at 3.20GHz right now and would like to get 4.0GHz.

My power supply is 500W

PLEASE HELP ME!!!
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I have a i7 965 too. I just bumped up the multiplier to x28 and left everything at stock except a slight voltage bump.
Edited by intelfan - 11/24/13 at 7:47pm
    
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I have a i7 965 too. I just bumped up the multiplier to x28 and left everything at stock except a slight voltage bump.

Would the multiplier be under advanced settings?

Like I said I'm new to this so all the information would be nice.

and does this increase GHz? Arma 3 needs at least 4.0 GHz to run smoothly.

I did a bit of research on Overclocking but still don't see the options in my Bios. I understand all bios are different. I'll post an image of what my Bio's looks like soon.
Edited by LoosingExtacy - 11/24/13 at 9:09pm
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I am using an EVGA SLI LE. You have to look around in the BIOS settings. Your default multiplier should be 24. Change that to 30 and bump the voltage up a bit.

Edit: Right now at stock, it runs at 3.2Ghz or (24x133), if you change it to 30x133, you get 3.99 or 4Ghz.
    
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I don't know what other components you are running but my i7-975 EE is a huge powerhog when OC'd, so you might be pushing the limits of your PSU. That being said, the above information is basically all you need to get to 3.8/4.0. Make sure your voltages stay under 1.45 for long term usage, also the more volts you add the hotter it will run and you will be pushing that V8 to its limits as well. For in-depth guides on OCing these chips, you can look at the i7-920 guides (of which there are hundreds) and do as they say, and you have the added flexibility of an unlocked multiplier to leverage your CPU clock without affecting other components as you do with the BCLK.

The precise settings will vary chip to chip, but my suggestion is set your multi to 30 (for 4.0ghz) start with your Vcore at 1.38 and stress test. Monitor temps and voltage variance. You might want to look into Load-Line calibration if your voltages are spiking over what you set them to. If you fail at 1.38v, slowly up the voltage, stress-testing each setting until you are satisfied with stability.

Notes/Things to pay special attention to:

1) Pay CLOSE attention to your temperatures and voltages--that cooler isn't able to handle a leaky 965 at high OCs. Intel's max safe voltage is 1.35, though people have been pushing 1.5v through their chips for years. I would say, again, don't overstep 1.45v, but the lower the better for both temps and longevity. Also, the voltage you set isn't necessarily what the processor gets, so make sure to use a reliable tool (or ideally a voltmeter) to make sure your settings reflect the power being delivered to the chip. I personally use HWinfo64, but there are other popular (and arguably better tools out there)
2) Try to figure out your current power consumption (check the power draw of each of your components from reviews etc online) and make sure you aren't getting to 500w, especially if your PSU isn't from a high-quality ODM.
3) Read some i7-920 guides before you begin. Even if they don't follow the same process for overclocking (as they must OC by the base clock instead of multiplier), you still ought to get a good understanding of what each of the components, settings and voltages do.
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ThrottleStop 6.00
http://www.thedigitalhq.com/downloads/

The ThrottleStop - TRL button lets you access your Turbo Ratio Limits. This lets you do some overclocking while you are in Windows whether your bios supports this feature or not. You can adjust the turbo multiplier whether 1, 2, 3 or 4 cores are active. This program also lets you adjust the Turbo Power Limits. More power going to your CPU means more heat and a faster CPU when fully loaded.

Be careful when playing. If your CPU doesn't have enough core voltage you will get a BSOD.
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ThrottleStop 6.00
http://www.thedigitalhq.com/downloads/

The ThrottleStop - TRL button lets you access your Turbo Ratio Limits. This lets you do some overclocking while you are in Windows whether your bios supports this feature or not. You can adjust the turbo multiplier whether 1, 2, 3 or 4 cores are active. This program also lets you adjust the Turbo Power Limits. More power going to your CPU means more heat and a faster CPU when fully loaded.

Be careful when playing. If your CPU doesn't have enough core voltage you will get a BSOD.

Perhaps throttlestop is new, but in general, you don't get stable overclocks through OS level tweaking. It is preferable to use the BIOS, though perhaps there is something I don't know about this particular program.
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