Originally Posted by grooverider
I can't answer half of these questions because I'm not at home and I'm getting a new monitor shortly so I can get screenshots.
I'm not running water, this is what I'm running:
I'm also running the Nvidia ESA architechture system with all my parts/case ESA certified. I mistyped, it was 1.39 volts.
There is no secret. The ESA system is incredible, and this cooler rocks, period. Let me see if I saved some screenshots on my USB device of any of this.
PS- Updated sig, I'm running 780i mobo not the one you saw previously.
I am quite familiar with the coolit products. I actually know the guy that owns the company. The Elite must be spectacular because the other two, the freezone and its little brother both get beat by a thermalright ultra 120E air cooler (of which I own several). With a TRUE, again 4.1- 4.2 ghz is about max with a QX9650. To get another 600 mhz over what the TRUE will do under prime or orthos is amazing. As I mentioned above, the only person in that range is NCSA with phase.
QX6800 maxing out at 3.52 ghz
"This would seem to indicate there is a thermal limit when the Elite may no longer be efficient in trying to handle the amount of heat being generated by the CPU, particularly under load. We suspect that the Elite will near its limit when a Quad Core CPU is highly overclocked. Where that limit exactly resides may be the subject of debate, no different than the limits posed by a traditional watercooling system"
A QX6850 maxing out with the elite at 3.673 (same architecture as a Q6600 GO. Plenty of TRUE and Tuniq owners here than can get that number with a Q6600)
Here is a fun one: QX9770 maxed out at 4.5 Ghz using 1.6125 vcore with 71C load temps(you mentioned 1.39 for 4.8 ghz...
). Seeing as the QX9770 is also 45nm it would be similar to the QX9650 in testing. Not to mention of course that 1.6 vcore is suicide levels for the chip.
Also how exactly does ESA certified parts improve overclocking? ESA allows you to monitor various component stats (like mb sensors for example). It in no way lets you overclock better.
"The Enthusiast System Architecture (ESA) is the industry’s first open-standard PC monitoring and control protocol for real-time communication and control of system thermal, electrical, acoustic and operating characteristics.
ESA-certified components and applications allow enthusiasts and power users to diagnose component-specific issues and tune their systems to meet their individual needs—whether it be reaching peak performance or modifying for a whisper-quiet home theater operation.
With ESA, PC and component manufacturers can deliver differentiated and value-added products, giving their customers unprecedented visibility and control over their systems and allowing them to achieve the highest possible performance."Edited by Robilar - 5/12/08 at 2:51pm