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intel i7 6700k proper overclocking

So recently i cganged my motherboard from an msi z170a gaming 5 to a Gigabyte z170x gaming 7 because of LAN issues, and ive pretty much adjusted, however i have some questions. First off, on my old motherboard, there was a gaming mode set up which would regulate voltages and overclocking ratios. before i even noticed it i would just simply set my CPU to 4.5 and go about my merry way. i used to play witcher 3, everything on ultra on 1920x1080 and almost never had any frame issues on any areas whatsoever (specs will be listed lower). at the worst, it would drop to about 55 in a forest with explosions. but after installing this new motherboard, ive noticed that i would get drops of 30 fps regularly. this issue was resolved by turning off certain settings in the menu, and yet at times it would still drop, just not as often. i dont know if this is due to my lack of knowledge when it comes to overclocking, specifically voltages, but i was hoping someone could throw me a bone and maybe let me know what i could set up my overclock settings to for maximum performance without risk of damaging anything.

specs:
GPU: GTX 1080
CPU intel i7 6700k
memory: kingston hyper x 16gb and crucial ballistix 8gb
storage Sandisk 480GB SSD
Windows 10 (and up to date)
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    I have the same gigabyte z170 gaming board and I would suggest manually overclocking the CPU. When you use the built in modes the motherboards have the set a variable voltage range that can get really high and can reduce the life of your chip. Overclocking is very easy, just go in the bios and change the frequency and the v-core voltage. The frequency will be set at 40, which is 4ghz. So I would move that to 4.5. When you change the v-core it will be set on auto, you want to change that and set the voltage manually. My rule of thumb is not to go above 1.35 volts. Some people will go higher, some wont go that high. It is up to you.

    I would start with 1.30 at 4.5ghz and run a stress test and see if your pc crashes. If it crashes go back to the bios and raise it to 1.31. Keep going to it does not crash or your CPU temps start to get high (I try and stay under 80C). You can use intel extreme tuning utility to run the stress test and monitor the temps.
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  2. feelinfroggy777 said:
    I have the same gigabyte z170 gaming board and I would suggest manually overclocking the CPU. When you use the built in modes the motherboards have the set a variable voltage range that can get really high and can reduce the life of your chip. Overclocking is very easy, just go in the bios and change the frequency and the v-core voltage. The frequency will be set at 40, which is 4ghz. So I would move that to 4.5. When you change the v-core it will be set on auto, you want to change that and set the voltage manually. My rule of thumb is not to go above 1.35 volts. Some people will go higher, some wont go that high. It is up to you.

    I would start with 1.30 at 4.5ghz and run a stress test and see if your pc crashes. If it crashes go back to the bios and raise it to 1.31. Keep going to it does not crash or your CPU temps start to get high (I try and stay under 80C). You can use intel extreme tuning utility to run the stress test and monitor the temps.


    thanks, ill give it a shot and see if the problem persists. will let you know in a little bit
    Reply to undertoned
  3. Did you re-install Windows when you changed mobos?
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