Originally Posted by SuperZan
What sort of stability testing?
I won't discount the silicon lottery, but your sample size of one does not a universal fact make.
Edit: Scrolling through the 7700k leaderboard thread, I'm seeing that the majority of chips at 5GHz or better are delidded. Again, I'm not discounting the possibility of lottery winners that don't need a delid, but I am saying that these chips are not standard.
Well, you can lower PPL voltage to reduce temps alot. I've hit 4.8 GHz on another 7700K using cheap air too (Scythe Kotetsu). I'm sure it would hit 5 GHz with better cooling like the other 7700K I overclocked.
Prime95 and LinX.
Most people just settle with 5 GHz I guess, delid or not, it's doable on most regardless (if you know what you're doing). It's a nice number. Just like 4 GHz on Ryzen. It's doable in most cases. From my experience 7700K hitting 5 GHz is more normal than Ryzen hitting 4... The 1600 and 1700 I tried maxed out at 3925 and 3950. 4 GHz was never totally stable (Maybe if it was my own build I would have bothered using hours and hours to optain it, but it was not). Just like most Ryzen reviews, they use Ryzen Master or change multi and run a few benches, never test for totalt stability - That's not how I overclock.Edited by Lass3 - 9/2/17 at 1:28pm