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i5 3570K @4.5 GHZ ... should I proceed?

I made a question earlier about overclocking the 3570K to 4.5 GHZ, and is on my way to get it 100% stable. Unfortunately, I ended up with one of the worse samples. I am currently running it at 4.4, at the high voltage of 1.260v , LLC:auto (Lower caused BSOD and app crashes). I have a good cooler (CM 212 EVO), so temperatures are not bad I am more concerned about the voltage required for 4.5 GHZ (1.295v + LLC Extreme = 1325v). My question is; Is this voltage inside of a safe level, and how much would the lifespan be affected?
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    Suggested is under 1.3v, you do not want to be exceeding it if you want your CPU to have a long life.
  2. I guess I will stay at 4.4 then.
  3. :) Well are you OCing with fixed voltage?
  4. Novuake said:
    :) Well are you OCing with fixed voltage?

    Yes, I am.
  5. What mobo are you using?
  6. Novuake said:
    What mobo are you using?


    An Asus Maximus V Gene.. it's made for tweaking and such.
  7. Hmm then you just have a really bad sample.
    Unless you have a dodgy PSU.
  8. Novuake said:
    Hmm then you just have a really bad sample.
    Unless you have a dodgy PSU.

    The PSU is from Corsair, 750W, and I have only a single GPU, so the power can't be insufficient. It just a bad sample, I guess. Anyway, 4.4 isn't bad, it's a pretty decent overclock, but with an average chip, I bet I could go to at least 4.8 with this cooler.
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