Asus P8Z77-V LE PLUS and i5-3570k

Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LE PLUS
CPU Voltage: 1.304 V (At highest running AIDA 64)
CPU Bus Speed/Multiplier: 103.2
Clock Speed: 4222.32 MHz (4.2 GHz)
RAM: G Skill DDR3 16Gb @ 1.5 V (1600 MHz)
Cooling: Corsair H60 with Aerocool Shark 120mm fans (push/pull config)
OS: Windows 8.1 64 bit

Hey guys, hope all is well! I, as well as several people on these forums, am new to serious overclocking. By serious I mean not using the automatic OC on my Asus mobo... The speeds you see are from switching my bios to the auto OC and using XMP for my ram settings. (bear with me, I am new to this)

I want to get into serious OC'ing, instead of using the auto OC on my bios. First off though:
1) How are my speeds, voltages looking with the auto settings?
2) Is there anything wrong with them?

Second, where should I start when manually overclocking? I have done some reading on marginally increasing settings etc. What speed do you think I should be getting and with what voltages? I know not all processors are the same.

-Thanks! Anthony
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    Welcome Stormtrooper13!

    I have the same exact motherboard and I call my rig stormtrooper btw! Anyhow, here's the main guide I used to help me overclock:

    It is VERY detailed. There are some other good ones I used as well but I can't remember where they are. Nonetheless, this one brought me along the farthest. I'm very happy with the results. I have an Intel i7 3770K 4.4GHz 1.145 Vcore + .085 offset as my 24/7 OC. My cpu runs cooler than it did at default! Your Vcore is pretty high to me. Try the guide out and you will find that when you get to the point where you find your lowest stable Vcore you can try offsetting and that brings you to that next level. It's very rewarding and this guide shows you how to save your settings in detail and has almost the same bios interface (there are some videos in the guide I'm referring to).

    I too initially used the AI Suite to OC and while it's not bad, it does tend to overvolt causing higher heat. The trade off comes with lowering your Vcore to decrease heat and increase your OC without hanging or crashing (bsod). You'll need to put some time in but after a while you'll get closer and closer to that "sweet spot" and that's when the fun starts! Let's say you're most stable Vcore is 1.2V. It's higher than mine but lower than where you are at and maybe you're oc'ing at 4.5Hz with 70c max temps. That would be awesome. This guide is detailed enough to help you adjust your offset manually to where you maybe can get that last extra .1hz to 4.6 or stay at 4.5hz and lower your max temps! It all comes in the details. If I'm not making sense now, when you keep at it, it will all come together! Just remember to be patient, persistent, methodical, and most of all have fun with it! Best of luck to you! Please ask questions if you have any! I loved oc'ing my rig! I'm sure you will too!


    Justin S.
  2. eh

    Everything is the same except IB doesn't need as much vcore.
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