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Auto overclocking safe?

Poll Results: To auto overclock or to not auto overclock?

 
  • 26% (6)
    YES! Simple,easy,efficient,and reliable
  • 73% (17)
    No way! Auto overclock is like Helen Keller riding a motorcycle while juggling chainsaws in a mall!
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post #1 of 13
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Hey every, so I just built a new system in case if you haven't already seen me babbling around the forums for days now. Anyways I have an Asrock Extreme4 P67 motherboard with my i5 2500k Sandy Bridge and I was looking to overclock to 4ghz for now since I'm a newb to OC'ing. In case if you don't know my motherboard features an auto overclocking feature or so I believe and have heard. Now I also heard that the auto overclock feature on my board will pump a dangerous amount of electricity into the CPU (should be no more than 1.3volts I heard?) but this is corrected with and updates BIOS (I'm not sure which version) in which I have version 1.30. So I wanted opinions on whether I should use the auto overclock or do it manually. If it's better to be done manually please tell me how or link me a page that will tell me how, thank you!
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post #2 of 13
You should test the auto OCing feature extensively before using it 24/7. I voted "No", but I'm thinking that if it were me I'd try it and run it thru all stability tests, many days/reboots in a row.

If I pick like a "Turbo red" setting and each and every time the speed, voltages, fans behave identical for a few days at a time I may use it. Or... then again I may just use auto OC, check for stability, note the values it dialed and then just dial them manually and this way I'm sure the OC is stable.

I've read of these tools that sometimes they decide the CPU is good for 15% OC, other day only 12%, sometimes it sets x Vcore, other times a bit more... since using them voids warranty on the processor I wouldn't want my CPU to be fried because the auto OC decided to put 1.45V thru my CPU for a 10% OC.
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post #3 of 13
No, never EVER use the "Auto" overclock feature. Every time I have EVER seen it used, it adds REDICULOUS amounts of voltage for a measely 10-15% overclock. And half of the time, its not stable for one reason or another.

Learn to do it the right way yourself, or don't do it at all. My 2 cents.

EDIT:
If you want to learn how to adjust it yourself, then go read around in the Intel section. I'm fairly sure the Core i5 / Core i7 guides should apply to your setup. They're very similar in how they work.

And you're supposedly safe up to around 1.45v. I personally wouldn't go that high if I could avoid it. I've seen 4.8GHz on 1.36v stable....so yeah.
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post #4 of 13
I think that doing research on here for folks that have the same board, cooling, memory, and processor is a good resource. You can ask them questions and they can answer, if willing. Trying their settings out should be safe or slightly below. Just make sure you do a lot of stress tests. There are so many combinations people use to get out of the ordinary results. Try to reach for something common instead of higher and more rare.
 
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post #5 of 13
its handy for speeding up TIM curing
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post #6 of 13
Auto OC should be used as a starting point, unless you're a novice (noob) overclocker.
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post #7 of 13
To a certain extent it is safe but auto always ends up adding too much voltage.
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post #8 of 13
I voted yes, since, just for fun, I did try the ''Extreme'' Auto-tuning with my Asus Maximus IV, and it came out at 4.8 (48X100) @ 1.38v.

Going fully manual, and after hours of stability testing... I was able to do 4.9 (49X100) with a voltage of 1.35v. But I'm also able to do 5.4 (54X100) @ 1.43 manually.

So yes IMHO the Asus Auto-tuning is pretty good! It was not far from my manual settings, and v core was not excessive or crazy high.
    
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post #9 of 13
it depends on the board, with SVID its a lot safer than it was on previous platforms.
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post #10 of 13
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Since everybody that has posted so far don't actually have an Asrock Extreme4 I will follow @dragosmp's advice and give auto OC' a go but carefully monitor it and do tweaks as follows when I get back home on sunday. I have read users of the motherboard having good experiences from it but only problem as aforementioned was the high voltage with is countered with an BIOS update. And for everyone who's not paying attention let me summarise it for you.
-I'm going for 4.0ghz for now.
-I'm a first time Overclocker
-Auto OC is done in UEFI(or BIOS if you must)
-Auto OC is well conceived by other users
-Hard to research as answers I seek is very specific on new technology
-I'd read the Newegg reviews but it has been taken down
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