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Hi im new to the forums.

Recently i did the simple overclock a lot of people do on the i7 980x, changing the frequency multiplier from 25 to 30 and Vcore from 1.22 to 1.38 volts (1.35 was unstable) giving me roughly 4.14GHz instead of 3.33GHz.

I checked around and this is supposed to be easily manageable for a stock air cooled system with pretty much just the stock cpu fan set to performance.

Anyway it seemed very stable through 3D Mark and CoD: Black Ops, but then i checked the CPU's core temps while playing. The temps were normal during each game but at the start of each map the temps were spiking at late 90 to 101 degrees for about 1-2 seconds.

After seeing these temperature spikes i decided to put the CPU back to stock frequency and Vcore voltage.

I really want to run system 24/7 at 4.14GHz but i play a fair bit of Black Ops and dont have the $1000 to get new 980x.
Thanks for reading, any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Just wondering, why would you spend a 1000 dollar on a CPU like that, but can't spend 40 bucks for a decent cooler?
Al problems solved I'd say
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This overclock shouldn't require a cooler...
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Your temperatures tell me something different.
A 10 degree temperature drop doubles the lifetime of your CPU according to some.
But that's your own choice in the end.

What you can do for now with this cooler:
try a remount, maybe with after market thermal paste.

Is it 100 degrees on 1 core or all 6?
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Did you do a proper overclock and slowly change the block and voltage settings or did you just do a quick and dirty? Voltage seems a little high for that OC but I'm not that familiar with that chip.

Anyway it sounds like your cooler isn't seated properly so reseat it and make sure it is somewhat snuggly tight against the chip/MB. Really though if you are planning on overclocking ANY chip more than a couple hundred off its stock speeds you need an aftermarket cooler. Don't let a 1k chip burn itself out.

Edit: Also you referred to this as a simple overclock and shouldn't require an aftermarket cooler I'd be really really really surprised to find more than a handful of people who wouldn't get a good cooler for this chip.
Edited by Lampen - 12/19/10 at 6:51am
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so you spent 1000 dollars on a 980x, don't know what you're doing, at have it running 100C on a game, not a stress test. you also refuse to buy an aftermarket cooling solution.

WOW.gl with that chip lasting a year, its gonna fry way sooner than you would expect it (1-2 years instead of 15 years)

like somebody already mentioned, every 10C cooler your chip is, the lifetime of it will be doubled. gj bro
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Originally Posted by Vikings28 View Post
Hi im new to the forums.

Recently i did the simple overclock a lot of people do on the i7 980x, changing the frequency multiplier from 25 to 30 and Vcore from 1.22 to 1.38 volts (1.35 was unstable) giving me roughly 4.14GHz instead of 3.33GHz.

I checked around and this is supposed to be easily manageable for a stock air cooled system with pretty much just the stock cpu fan set to performance.

Anyway it seemed very stable through 3D Mark and CoD: Black Ops, but then i checked the CPU's core temps while playing. The temps were normal during each game but at the start of each map the temps were spiking at late 90 to 101 degrees for about 1-2 seconds.

After seeing these temperature spikes i decided to put the CPU back to stock frequency and Vcore voltage.

I really want to run system 24/7 at 4.14GHz but i play a fair bit of Black Ops and dont have the $1000 to get new 980x.
Thanks for reading, any help would be greatly appreciated.
what idiot did you ever see using STOCK AIR on it uh besides you.

everyone that goes out and gets this chips more or less ends up watercooling it to use it to it biggest potential.

if not people at least gets a high grade air cooler like the d14 or silver arrow or something.

no one uses stock
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The i7 980x comes with a pretty good Cooler, it even has a Performance and Quiet mode so that you can set it to what you want.

At performance, the cooler is pretty good, but quire loud.

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This overclock shouldn't require a cooler...
From 3.33 GHz to 4.14GHz? On stock cooling? That is a sure way to kill a cpu. Get a nice high end CPU cooler, you spent 1000$ on the CPU, invest some money into the cooler to get it to last longer, and overclock higher.

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so you spent 1000 dollars on a 980x, don't know what you're doing, at have it running 100C on a game, not a stress test. you also refuse to buy an aftermarket cooling solution.

WOW.gl with that chip lasting a year, its gonna fry way sooner than you would expect it (1-2 years instead of 15 years)

like somebody already mentioned, every 10C cooler your chip is, the lifetime of it will be doubled. gj bro
is this necessary? this guy has a honest problem and he has asked for help. there is no need to be rude. if you cant get your point across without being rude, then dont even try.

to the op,
check to make sure you have your cooler mounted properly. if it is you are going to need to buy an aftermarket cooler. not all chips run the same. some run hotter than others, and some have different vid's than others. yours obviously runs a little bit hotter. since you have such a nice expensive chip, i would buy the best aircooler you can afford. maybe a thermalright silver arrow, or noctua nh d-14

i would start over with the overclock and do it nice and slow. slowly raise the bclk by 1-3mhz at a time until you lose stability, then increase vcore and vtt to compensate. or take your current overclock and drop the vcore 1 notch at a time stress testing for stability. once you lose stability kick the vcore back up and do the same with vtt.
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