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Looking for guidance with CPU overclocking

Hey gang. I recently put together this guy and everything went fairly smooth. Now I want to get into the CPU overclocking and need some guidance. If you don't want to look at the link, I have a 4690k CPU, an MSI z97-g45 motherboard, and a Corsair h100i aftermarket cooler.

I understand the concept of overclocking but I'm nervous about jumping into the nitty gritty of it without some advice on where to start. Should I use MSI's OC genie service? Should I leave Turboboost enables or disabled? With my CPU and my cooler, what speeds can I realistically expect to reach while still maintaining reasonable tempuratures?

Thanks for your help! If I for whatever reason broke some rules please let me know. I have mainly lurked on this forum before and only just made an account recently.
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    Don't worry, slowly scale up and you won't have a problem. Raise CPU Ratio and VCore, then up to a certain point you will need to disable any power saving features as it will be difficult for the system to save energy and throttle from low speed to overclock speed. As a result, the system will need to run at full power at all times including idle. Though you may find by that point you are satisfied with the OC and don't want to go any further.

    4.4 to 4.5GHz will be a good achievement. Do not use OC Genie or any automatic overclocking software. Do it manually and you will quickly learn. You can even use Intel or MSI software for the K series CPUs to adjust in Windows rather than BIOS/EFI. Let us know how it goes! :)
  2. gskill support said:
    Don't worry, slowly scale up and you won't have a problem. Raise CPU Ratio and VCore, then up to a certain point you will need to disable any power saving features as it will be difficult for the system to save energy and throttle from low speed to overclock speed. As a result, the system will need to run at full power at all times including idle. Though you may find by that point you are satisfied with the OC and don't want to go any further.

    4.4 to 4.5GHz will be a good achievement. Do not use OC Genie or any automatic overclocking software. Do it manually and you will quickly learn. You can even use Intel or MSI software for the K series CPUs to adjust in Windows rather than BIOS/EFI. Let us know how it goes! :)


    In the overclocking section of my BIOS i see a section called Enhanced Turbo. I assume that's Turboboost. Is it advisable to leave that on Auto like it is now or to turn it off when overclocking? Also, what common powersaving modes are there that I should look for if I need to turn them off and will I find them present in the same overclocking section of my BIOS?
  3. Correct, once you reach a certain level of OC, the system has to run at full speed at all times. Enhanced Turbo should be disabled since you would be running it at "Turbo" frequency at all times and it can't automatically go up higher on it's own.

    Intel C State and C1E support will need to be disabled in "CPU Features". All other tweaks you will find in there as well.
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