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Poll Results: Do you prefer the new OCN?

 
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post #6361 of 6494
Yeah, that's where I found Noctua NH-L12. I only have about 130mm from the top of the chip to the case. At the time of Arctic Freezer 13, I was just looking for any heatsink that is better than stock and clears the top of the case. And this Arctic Freezer barely clears the case.


Noctua one seems smaller according to the specs, at least the height of it. Also, it looks like I cannot use the Corsair Dominator RAMs. It looks like the fan won't clear the memory heatsink. Wondering the size of the whole heatsink play a factor in cooling?

So if I get this and maybe able to push over 3.5Ghz stable plus new rams(4x2Gb for like $C 50) and upgrade to GTX 1060 from 660, would there be performance gain playing games? or would my CPU still be bottlenecking GTX 1060 by far?
post #6362 of 6494
Freezer 13 is rated to cool up to 140W TDP so that should already cover your 95W chip more than enough, it looks like the issue here is you aren't letting it breathe the way it needs to. Either you need to drill some holes near the front of the case to let some more air in or switch to water-cooling and that will let you relocate the heat exchange to a place with better airflow.

Just remove the motherboard from the case, stick it back in the cubby hole you keep it in, and run some tests caseless and you will see what I mean.
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I have tested the rig with the case open and out of the shelf there. I do have the drive bays open and there's an 80mm 50CFM intake fan on the front left side and two 60mm exhaust fans to the back. I think the airflow is there. It's just that there are some coolers that are more effective , which I might be able to do more overclock with. I guess I can't really tell until I actually try it ,huh?

Anyhow, this is not that much important to me. I am actually happy with the Arctic Freezer 13's performance. I wouldn't even think of overclocking when I had the stock coolers there. Well, I didn't have all those other fans there either lol.

So Will my oc'd q9400 bottleneck GTX 1060 by far? This is what I really wanna know. Currently, I have EVGA GTX 660 in there.
A friend of mine said, If I do put a GTX 1060 in there, there might be a performance gain as in fps increase, but not to the max potential to that card.

I know this board and the CPU is near decade old technology, but I wanna grind it out as much as I can with this. Plus, video card, I could just throw that in to the new build when I do get one. If no performance gain at all, might as well not spend any money yet.
Edited by rockedout - 9/30/16 at 8:32pm
post #6364 of 6494
Honestly, stuff that's almost as old is still fast enough for most tasks today. It's the DDR2 that's capping the potential. My Phenom II has barely more single-core performance than my old Core2 Duo and I'm still using a GTX 460 but it rips through heavy games like a brand new box just because of the DDR3 raising performance up.

Looking at prices now, you'd be paying minimum $300 retail for the 1060. For that price... well, for $95 you have a choice of AM3+ boards with a solid 970 chipset, an AMD X6 FX-6300 for $135, and $65 for your choice of stupid-fast RAM. So given the choice, I'd jump on an upgrade to DDR3 and keep using the 660, overall I think it's a better deal than spending that money on the 1060 and it's performance you can also use even when you aren't gaming.
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@Petrol
Ya, I know. For me, it's good enough. I still use AMD AM2 phenom 9850 and I have no complaints whatsoever. Most the things I do on that computer is playing video files or bluerays. My nieces and nephews come over and play games on that and complain that it's choppy lol. I don't know why they buy their games and install it on mine but go figure.

I do have to eventually move on to DDR3 or beyond. I heard rumours that AMD is coming out with new chips, so my plan is to build a complete new system after AMD comes up with the new chip. It can be the new AMD or Intel i5 or i7 and go right to DDR4.
post #6366 of 6494
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Originally Posted by Revhead View Post

@rockedout
But to answer your question check out Frostytech for best cooler options. You could always change cases too - give yourself a bit more room?

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The best bet should be a AIO such as a Corsair H60 etc, if that'd fit in the case? Otherwise your best bet is a bigger case.

I've got my Q6600 (Hotter running chip) with a NH-U12P running at 2.7GHz with a small bump in voltage under 55c constantly.

I've decided that once I move back home (where my 775 PC sits) that I'll be giving it to my sister, she wants to play the Sims 4 on it.

After looking at the required specs, it appears that it's probably going to be fine. But would like some more clarity to see if anyone else has ran the Sims 4 on their setups.
 
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post #6367 of 6494
should I post some result I got from setup I have?
I ran and collected some data from benchmark.
post #6368 of 6494
People use the term bottle-necking like it's the end of the world, I wouldn't worry about it.
If you are curious as to whether or not your CPU is getting the most out of your graphics card then run something like afterburner that can track CPU and GPU usage, play some games and check the graphs afterwards, if your CPU is pegged at 100% and your GPU rarely gets near 100 then the CPU is holding the card back.
You'd get better performance in most games with better CPU Performance than you have now but there isn't a whole lot you can do about it really other than overclock some more or buy a Xeon. (which will be the same architecture as your chip is and may not OC any better without better cooling)

As Revhead said, a Xeon might give you more headroom than your current CPU.
You could pick up an E5450 quite cheaply which would be your best bet if you're willing to mod your board. (I did two of them with no issues, just be careful with it and don't ruin your CPU socket)
The main advantage would be the higher multiplier which might let you get higher clocks out of it, especially if you were to get better cooling.

The freezer 13 looks about as big as you'll fit in your case so I don't know if you'd have many better options as far as coolers go, any idea what the max height cooler you can fit is?

Edit: Sorry, I missed the last page of posts so you actually gave the height already. 130mm max height, tall RAM and no 120mm fan spot for an all in one. Even if you cut a hole in the case for it, it would be blowing into the shelf. I'd stick with the freezer 13 to be honest just because I don't think you'll get much more out of other coolers that would fit.
Edited by Mike-IRL - 10/2/16 at 3:27pm
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post #6369 of 6494
Ok, here are the results from benchmark test with The Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Currently, the CPU is overclocked to 3.36Ghz

1080p at High setting:



1080p at Medium setting:



1080p at Low setting:



1080p at Lowest setting:




Edit: 3.36Ghz is the pretty much the max I can get with current setup I think. I have oc'd up to 3.56Ghz with no voltage change, but Prime95 test makes it go over 71.6 degrees, which is the Tcase for the chip, and I stopped the test as soon as I saw 75 degrees (only like 15 min into the test). So i started from around 3.00Ghz I think and stepped it up a little by little (increasing FSB frequency by 2) until the max temp read was 72 degrees while running prime95 heat test. That's how I ended up where I am now.
Edited by rockedout - 10/2/16 at 3:53pm
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@rockedout
E5450 Xeon will easily overclock to 4.0Ghz (9x450FSB). 80w TDP. Very cheap upgrade.

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