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Should I overclock to 4Ghz+?

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Well, you can go with Intel design max (67.9C @ 130W) or go with what others tell you is safe. If I wanted to keep my processor for a couple of years or more I wouldn't push it much past the Intel Thermal Specification - but that's just me and I'm fairly conservative.

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"Right now, I overclocked my i7 920 to 3.7Ghz at 1.15 vCore and max core temps of 61/57/56/54 during prime95. Is it worth it to overclock to 4Ghz+, or should I just leave it at this?"




you came here asking the question......it is your decision, why not give it a try, you are not going to hurt anything except a few electrons, just keep the vcore at a reasonable level and see what is, speculation is just that, speculation.....


at least find out your parameters and limits, then make an informed decision once you have the data....



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Do you have Intel Turbo Mode enabled or disabled?


I run mine at a blck of 170, cpu multiplier = auto, and Intel Turbo Mode enabled. With Intel Turbo Mode enabled I get the extra 21 multiplier for a resulting clock speed of 3.57GHz.


That also gives me a resulting RAM speed of 1700MHz with the RAM divider I'm using.


I've tested my 920 up to 4.0GHz, sure benchmark scores improve but in real world I don't see/feel/notice any difference between 3.57GHz and 4.0GHz.


So at least in my situation I'm happy with the "mild" CPU overclock and the memory performance at my current settings.

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