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I'll be overclocking my Clarkdale i3 550 on an Asrock H55M motherboard as soon as i buy the motherboard next week.

My question is, how far can i overclock this processor with the stock heatsink? I won't be getting a good heatsink for a month, and i wanna start "warming up" on it. I'm new OCing processors (never had an OCing motherboard till now) and, tho i've read the i3 owners thread, i don't know how much should i push it with a stock cooler.
Edited by Starbomba - 3/12/11 at 9:39am
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Not very far.

A cheap cooler would do better then the stocker.
    
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I've seen 3.8GHz on the stock heatsink.
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Originally Posted by LethalRise750;12699583 
I've seen 3.8GHz on the stock heatsink.
What were the volts, temp and other settings on that one?
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You can push it a good bit, but it'll run a bit louder. I would expect 3.6-3.8Ghz to be no problem at stock voltage. Invest $20 in a Hyper TX3 and you'll be able to take it up around 4-4.4Ghz without issue. i3 500 series chips run ice chill smile.gif
    
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Originally Posted by staryoshi;12700215 
You can push it a good bit, but it'll run a bit louder. I would expect 3.6-3.8Ghz to be no problem at stock voltage. Invest $20 in a Hyper TX3 and you'll be able to take it up around 4-4.4Ghz without issue. i3 500 series chips run ice chill smile.gif
Well, i do not mind a bit of noise actually, the computer room is big so any noise gets lessened.

By the way, what are th stats on your i3?
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I've got my sig rig running at 3.85 on the stock cooler @ 1.35v(thats what my bios says, CPU-Z is reporting 1.30) and load temps didn't get above 80. Prime95 ran for 15 hours without issue. I've been suggested a couple of ~20 dollar coolers that will supposedly get me to 4.2 without issue, and I haven't really pushed this OC too hard. Anandtech seemingly got to 4 with 190 Bclk but I topped out at 185 and couldn't really push the multiplier too high from there, heres the link
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A good cooler is definitely worth it I get an idle core temp of 16-17c with a CM Hyper 212+ @ 4.0ghz 1.28v vcore. Running aida64 stress tester and it never got over 45. (Using a bclk of 160 and 25 multi)

I didn't try the stock cooler but the looks of it do not inspire confidence.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Starbomba;12699375 
I'll be overclocking my Clarkdale i3 550 on an Asus H55M motherboard as soon as i buy the motherboard next week.

That's an ASRock motherboard, not Asus. Since you are new to overclocking, I suggest trying to overclock your current system first. Get some experience. Overclocking a 1156 i3 is easy but it's better to have some prior overclocking experience.

I ran my i3 530 at 21x190 1.33Vcore for months on the stock cooler. Was too hot in prime95 but I only use my i3 for gaming. For me, prime95 is only for testing stability and "temperature benchmarking".

Since I got an aftermarket cooler, the same clock speed runs stable on lower Vcore.

better cpu cooling = lower temps ... which allows lower Vcore ... which means even lower temps.
Its win, win, win ...
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Wouldn't a better cooler allow for higher voltage since you can better deal with the heat? Cooler temps doesn't mean you can lower the voltage and expect the same overclock. That doesn't make sense.
     
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