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I want to know what i should overclock my cpu to

I have a i5 7600k 3.8ghz and my cpu cooler is the Cooler Master Hyper 212 LED Turbo CPU Cooler Red Cover. Just really want to know what i should overclock my cpu to and how long will it last? And I would like to know what is a decent temperature for my cpu that is reccomended.
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    These things vary from CPU to CPU. As long as you don't go nuts with the voltage (let's say less than 1.4v) it will almost certainly last longer than it will be useful to you. The only way to know how far it overclocks is to try.

    At stock speeds, Intel validates your CPU to run safely and reliably up to 100c. The moment you start adding voltage and clockspeed, that no longer applies. Most on here would say that, when overclocked, you should keep it under 80c to preserve the lifespan of your chip, but there's not a lot of hard data on it. Intel CPUs very rarely die.
  2. I ordered a Evo 212 myself yesterday. I will test it on my old 3770K that had had under a massive watercooling loop at 4.865Ghz but at 1.45volts. When it comes to aircooling be very careful on the temp. What you OC now can be overheated in the summer.
    If your new to OC:ing do small steps, first +100mhz steps, its not failing on that keep going, but at the same time have a vary eye on the CPU temp when aircoolers can differ alot. When you come to that point that ur OC fail, then you start to add voltage and when you do ur temp will go up aswell.

    Im fairly certain that you would get atleast 4.0-4.2Ghz on air cooler with good temps, above it im not sure yet cause I havent tested the cooler myself yet. To hit glorious 4.6Ghz and above you need AIO water cooling most likely. OC results may differ from chip to chip aswell.

    And again rule nr 1, always check temp after each change to keep track on that. Personally I would keep it at around 60-70C° on full load after a while on all cores.

    Also keep in mind, the higher voltage you put into ur chip the faster it may degrade.
  3. On my 3570K and with an EVO 212, I was able to hit ~4.6ghz and keep temps reasonable even under an AVX load. Temps were in the upper 80's, but I don't run AVX code every day. Fast forward almost 5 years and my CPU is still working just as well as the day I bought it.
  4. Ecky said:
    On my 3570K and with an EVO 212, I was able to hit ~4.6ghz and keep temps reasonable even under an AVX load. Temps were in the upper 80's, but I don't run AVX code every day. Fast forward almost 5 years and my CPU is still working just as well as the day I bought it.


    Damn nice! So long ago I used Aircooler, didnt think they were that good. Gonna enjoy my 212 then :)
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