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An i7-7700K is a better gaming CPU, but that doesn't mean an i7-5960X is a bad gaming CPU.

Instead of replacing the fans, you should have gotten a refund on the cooler and gotten an air cooler.
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Do a little experimenting with overclocking. See how much your temperatures really change. Who knows you might be able to get to 4.0ghz with the same voltages it's using when it turbo's to 3.5ghz.

Was checking with CPU-Z, the voltage is high @ 1.2v .. is that even normal? I never actually messed around with CPU before ;p it always did its job.

Also without any rendering/encoding (just usual opened programs like Subtitle Edit, File manager and Chrome browser) my clock speeds is at 3.5ghz reading from CPU-Z

Think I can overclock it without raising the temperature?

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Was checking with CPU-Z, the voltage is high @ 1.2v .. is that even normal? I never actually messed around with CPU before ;p it always did its job.

Also without any rendering/encoding (just usual opened programs like Subtitle Edit, File manager and Chrome browser) my clock speeds is at 3.5ghz reading from CPU-Z

Think I can overclock it without raising the temperature?


I would guess 1.2v is pretty normal for an AUTO setting when turbo'ing to 3.5ghz. Your temps might still increase slightly when increasing clockspeed even without increasing voltage, but it shouldnt be a significant jump, certainly nothing dangerous.

When you start overclocking, dont leave core voltage set to AUTO. Manually set it adaptive 1.2v if that's your planned max. You should still watch it because depending on LLC setting it can still bounce around a little.

Start small.. try 3.7ghz and test.

Good Luck!
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I would guess 1.2v is pretty normal for an AUTO setting when turbo'ing to 3.5ghz. Your temps might still increase slightly when increasing clockspeed even without increasing voltage, but it shouldnt be a significant jump, certainly nothing dangerous.

When you start overclocking, dont leave core voltage set to AUTO. Manually set it adaptive 1.2v if that's your planned max. You should still watch it because depending on LLC setting it can still bounce around a little.

Start small.. try 3.7ghz and test.

Good Luck!

Thank you, will give it a try!

EDIT: Was actually curious on why it was on turbo when there were nothing running, except file manager and chrome browser
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Thank you, will give it a try!

EDIT: Was actually curious on why it was on turbo when there were nothing running, except file manager and chrome browser

In Windows Control Panel -> Power Settings -> Are you using the High Performance power profile? (You can specify min/max processor utilization in advanced settings). I know that even with speedstep and C states enabled in BIOS, that when I use the High Performance Profile it tends to either run at the minimum speed with zero load or max speed with ANY amount of load.
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In Windows Control Panel -> Power Settings -> Are you using the High Performance power profile? (You can specify min/max processor utilization in advanced settings). I know that even with speedstep and C states enabled in BIOS, that when I use the High Performance Profile it tends to either run at the minimum speed with zero load or max speed with ANY amount of load.


You're absolutely right! It was from the power settings on high performance. Put it back on Balance and now it went down when not doing anything.

Sometimes I'm over-complicating things when its the simple things that are overlooked doh.gif
post #27 of 61
I know it's large, but the Haswell-E thread in the Intel CPUs section has a tremendous amount of information on overclocking these. X99 is a much more involved platform that what many were used to (I lament in that thread about the good ol' days of Ivy Bridge), and correctly setting up things such as adaptive voltage that BinaryDemon mentions make a lot of difference. All that info and much, much more are in that thread.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1510388/haswell-e-overclock-leaderboard-owners-club
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post #28 of 61
FWIW, I've swapped my 5960x out for a 7700k.... but then again my usage is ~80% gaming and ~20% Linux daily driving, so I wasn't using it for anything remotely close to its potential. For the money I got from selling the chip, board, and memory I was able to get a 7700k with a z270 board and 16GB of ddr4-4266 and still have a few hundred extra $$ left over.
post #29 of 61

Definitely play around with those voltages and see what you can squeeze out! 1.2v for stock clocks is unnecessarily high. I've considered upgrading my CPU from time to time, but then I realize there's no point. There's nothing the 5960X can't handle wile gaming or dealing with creative suite.
post #30 of 61
heh... umm, nah. You should give it to me and get a new one. biggrin.gif As others have said, it's a beast and very overclockable. Still a $1000 CPU...
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