Originally Posted by dieanotherday
What do you guys think the likelihood of getting 1600x to 4 or 4.1 is
I think that 4.0 is almost guaranteed, it's just a matter of voltage and temperature.
I have a 1600x with a Noctua air cooler. At 4.0GHz, looks like I need around 1.41 volts, possibly more. I've had some conflicting test results, though. I ran about an hour of prime95 at 4GHz @ 1.41V (reading 1.392 - 1.404 in CPU-Z), with LLC on level 2, no crashes. The next day, I decided to re-run that test, same settings across the board - P95 crashed my system within about 10 seconds.
So what gives? I guess I need even more Vcore. I'm sure that if I upped Vcore to around 1.45V, all would be good. The problem is, I don't really feel comfortable running that kind of Vcore long term. Maybe it's totally fine, I have no idea. Furthermore, temps are getting a bit too hot for my taste at full load (getting ~72C).
The 1600X, when left at stock settings, will dial up one core to almost 4.1GHz when it needs to, for short bursts. I've seen this happen via CPU-Z and Ryzen Master. The Vcore is also increased to 1.5V for that short burst.
Now this leads me into another topic that I've seen many of you chatting about: Pstates and Windows / Ryzen balanced power plans. I have not been able to get my chip to downclock, ever, unless I leave it at stock settings. Whenever I touch the CPU multiplier, the processor state options in Windows flat out disappear. CPU freq and Vcore remain stuck all the time, regardless of load. This is really putting me off. I'd like to keep an OC of 3.9 - 4 ballpark, but I find myself reverting to defaults at the end of every OC session, prior to actually using my computer to play games, because I don't want it sitting at max all the time.