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I have this board.
Asrock H55 USB3

Its in an htpc but I'm looking to get some more performance for gaming.

If I got some vrm sinks would I be safe to do 4ghz or close to it?

Also anyone know what the stock cooler can do. Probably get a scythe big schruken if I decide to oc it.
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post #2 of 12
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Anyone got any feedback here? I didn't see info on the Asrock site about the phases. But since its just an i3 if I put some heatsinks on the vrms should I be ok to shoot for 3.8-4ghz?
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Check the manual for bios settings, which can be had from their site. It's probably 4+1 and you should get atleast 4 as long as the board and chip co-operate. They don't take much voltage and start out at 70ish watts.

My board doesn't have any sinks on the VRMs, but my 212+ blows a bit of air over them. Even still I don't they are even breaking a sweat with an i3.

edit - Ah you already you already have the board. I wouldn't buy a super expensive cooler, and the stock one can do 4Ghz as long as the voltage is low. Stability testing will probably be 10-15 degrees higher then any media you play(movies/games)
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4ghz on the stock cooler wow. What's a good voltage and temp to shoot for?

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Shouldn't take more than 1.3v to do 4.0.Keep it under 80 and you're golden.
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Should i put some sinks on the vrm's or will they be ok with only a dual core?
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Personally, I wouldn't even mess with the VRM HS... These i3s will OC to 4Ghz without much stress on either the CPU or the MB. You only need to push the MB to something in the low 170s for 4.0Ghz, and that's not that much of a push from stock 133.
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Personally, I wouldn't even mess with the VRM HS... These i3s will OC to 4Ghz without much stress on either the CPU or the MB. You only need to push the MB to something in the low 170s for 4.0Ghz, and that's not that much of a push from stock 133.
Oh is that right, thanks guys, I'm going to play with it tomorrow, kids have a movie on right now. These little cpu's are pretty powerful. I've been looking through some of the reviews on this site and they can hang with i7's in a lot of games. Pretty cool.
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I have a different board but I hit 4.3 with 1.38 vcore easily. I wish my sig rig would have oc'd so easily.
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Oh is that right, thanks guys, I'm going to play with it tomorrow, kids have a movie on right now. These little cpu's are pretty powerful. I've been looking through some of the reviews on this site and they can hang with i7's in a lot of games. Pretty cool.
I really liked these little guys, and I am still using couple of i3-530s in couple of the rigs right now... They are cheap, and you can OC them pretty high... Even the 530s I have are no prob at 4.4Ghz, with temps never reaching above 65c using H50 and 2x 1000 RPM fans for my HTPC. You are going to see your GPU get throttled before you see CPU throttling for most midrange GPUs.
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