> I agree. My 550 is ruuning comfortably @ 4.6 GHz, and i could do 5 GHz but i didn't had the time to stabilize it.
I expect mine could go higher too, but as it's running ok atm I thought I'd leave it alone. Only slightly annoying
thing is I can't get it to run stable with the RAM anything higher than 1600 (1568 to be precise, 7/9/9/25/1T timings),
which is a pity as the RAM supports up to 2133. Ah well. I do have several other 550s though, so who knows,
maybe one of them might fare better, but that's for a rainy day.
> The main reason i haven't upgraded, even with the money needed to do it, is because i don't feel like i should.
> My i3 handles all the games and apps that i run like a champ.
Indeed. What's so nice is the way, oc'd, it beats the stock performance of much newer and higher-end CPUs for
lightly threaded loads. And of course games like X3TC love such a high clock, rather than lots of cores.
Your choice of mbd is interesting. I managed to obtain an EVGA P55 FTW SLI a while ago, which is fitted with
an i5 670 atm - I suspect this combo might end up giving the highest overall clock of any system I have, given
it starts off from such a high base level (3.46). Not done anything with it yet, though it's running ok just now with
16GB RAM, 120GB SSD Vertex2E and two GTX 460s.
Btw, strange thing about my 550 @ 4.7, it gives some odd numbers for the core temps. My setup notes say the
following for the BIOS config and test results:
Within Windows, Vcore in CPU-Z is shown as 1.44V idle, 1.424V under load.
CoreTemp shows CPU idle temps are 11/22C idle (yeah right, something
weird there), 54/58C max (15 mins Prime95). Loads of headroom to boost
further, but not on this board (doesn't like really high bclks).
RealTemp shows the same max-temp info.
BIOS data (Asrock P55 Deluxe; CPU temp shown as 28C, with room ambient 20C):
Spread Spectrum: OFF
CPU Mult: 24
DRAM: 784 (DDR3/1568)
VDroop Mode: Without VDroop
Enhanced Halt State: OFF
Intel Virtualisation: OFF
LAN 1: ON
LAN 2: OFF
Link Power Management: OFF
Btw, here's a 3DMark06 run:
and a 3DMark11 run:
Both done with a single Palit GTX 460 1GB Sonic Platinum.
Hope this may be of use to others!
PS. The cooler on my 550 is a TRUE with two crazy-fast Yate Loon fans (too noisy for a proper system build,
but this config was more for benchmarking research), though I think I did lap the TRUE.