4690K H80i GT Safe 24/7 Overclock

I've been considering overclocking my 4690K, but I'm not sure what would be safe with an H80i GT. I know the number will well exceed 4.2 GHz, my current overclock, but I do enjoy the near silent operation, even when gaming.
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  1. Intel is made for overclocking. I'm pretty sure they even have a warranty for it, too. I think you'd be fine to overclock.
  2. I have the H80i and my i5 4690k is at 4.2Ghz at 1.130v and its stable and temps are not going over 67C in stress tests while in gaming it barely hits 58c.. it is a bit loud when using anything other than the quiet mode but that is probably because the stock fans that comes with it.. so i always have it on quiet and i can't hear it. can't seem to get any higher clocks without going over 1.200v that might just be my luck but 4.2Ghz should be enough for now. i've seen people hitting 4.5Ghz with the H80i at 1.200v you might just be one of them
  3. Aladdad said:
    I have the H80i and my i5 4690k is at 4.2Ghz at 1.130v and its stable and temps are not going over 67C in stress tests while in gaming it barely hits 58c.. it is a bit loud when using anything other than the quiet mode but that is probably because the stock fans that comes with it.. so i always have it on quiet and i can't hear it. can't seem to get any higher clocks without going over 1.200v that might just be my luck but 4.2Ghz should be enough for now. i've seen people hitting 4.5Ghz with the H80i at 1.200v you might just be one of them


    I've been thinking about pushing to 4.4 GHz, because that's what I see a lot of people doing, but I'm not sure if it'll increase my sound more than the performance.
  4. If you have a good CPU, you can do 4.2GHz on the stock cooler, and 4.5Ghz on a decent air cooler.

    But not all CPU overclock well - it's the silicon lottery

    Try overclocking on the stock cooler first. If the CPU won't go past 4.1Ghz, you have a bad CPU, and you just saved yourself from wasting a load of money on a water cooler.
  5. MrNoodles said:
    Intel is made for overclocking. I'm pretty sure they even have a warranty for it, too. I think you'd be fine to overclock.


    If you overclock, you usually don't have a warranty with the shop you bought the CPU from, but you might get a replacement from Intel if you are lucky.
  6. lodders said:
    If you have a good CPU, you can do 4.2GHz on the stock cooler, and 4.5Ghz on a decent air cooler.

    But not all CPU overclock well - it's the silicon lottery

    Try overclocking on the stock cooler first. If the CPU won't go past 4.1Ghz, you have a bad CPU, and you just saved yourself from wasting a load of money on a water cooler.



    I already have the water cooler.
  7. NitrixCustoms said:
    lodders said:
    If you have a good CPU, you can do 4.2GHz on the stock cooler, and 4.5Ghz on a decent air cooler.

    But not all CPU overclock well - it's the silicon lottery

    Try overclocking on the stock cooler first. If the CPU won't go past 4.1Ghz, you have a bad CPU, and you just saved yourself from wasting a load of money on a water cooler.



    I already have the water cooler.


    Sorry, didn't read your post carefully enough.
    Basically, a safe overclock is one where most importantly you don't use too much core voltage, and secondly you don't get too hot. The actual speed your CPU is running at doesn't really matter.
    Sensible limits are 1.3V and 75°C
    Conservative 24/7 limits are 1.25V and 70°C
    Every CPU is different, so I have no idea how fast yours will go using these limits... only one way to find out is to try it.

    Don't worry too much about overclocking to the max though - in most everyday applications you would find it almost impossible to tell the difference when increasing speed from 4.4 to 4.6Ghz for example
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