My I5 4670k 4.4GHz: High Voltages needed but getting low temps + other questions

Hey Guys,

I've been doing a lot of reading about overclocking (Haswell in particular) this last week and I'm finding that my chip is not at all behaving like my most of the info out there suggests it should.

Just to clarify I'm not trying to overclock past my current settings for increased performance, it's just for kicks really.

Here's my system. I'll list everything just in case it's a power supply issue.

* CPU: I5 4670k
* Cooler: Noctua NH-D14
* Motherboard: Asus Gryphon Z87
* RAM: G Skill 8G(2x4G) DDR3 1600Mhz PC12800 RL 9-9-9-24(CL9D-8GBRL)
* Case: Corsair 350D Micro/Mini ATX Case
* Boot Disk: Samsung 250GB SSD 840 EVO
* Seagate SATA3 1TB 7200RPM 64mb Cache
* Multi Monitor: AOC i2757Fh 27" IPS Monitor + Old HP 19" Monitor
* Samsung SATA Black Internal DVD/RW Drive
* Power Supply: Corsair VS 450
* Windows 8.1 64bit

Anyway, to get to 4.4GHz stable I need the following settings and I get the following results.

To get to 4.5 GHz Stable I have to go to 1.33V and temps remain just under 70°. From what I understand even on low temps going above 1.3V is going to severely shorten the CPUs life expectancy.

The following settings seem to have absolutely no effect on stability:

* Setting CPU input voltage to between 1.9-2.1
* Changing CPU cache Multiplier
* Setting CPU cache voltage to 1.25
* CPU Load-Line Calibration, high or low doesn't matter

So some questions:

* There is one obvious part missing from my system that most overclockers have, that being a Discrete Graphics card. Could that be causing stability issues?

* I don't think my RAM is meant for overclocking but can that effect CPU clocks?

* Motherboard isn't a specialist overclocking board but still a good board, would or could that make much of difference?

* When going into device manager on Windows, ang getting driver details on the CPU it's states that the provider is Microsoft and date is 21/04/2009. I've updated manually, used Intels update software and always get told I'm up to date.

According to this Guide I have a 50th percentile or greater chip as my chip gets to the Windows 8 boot screen before BSOD.

Now, I’ll share a secret imparted by the folks at ASUS who gave several reviewers some tips on overclocking the retail stepping Haswell chips: Set Vcore to 1.20 V. Set all cores to 46x (which would be a 4.6 GHz overclock), save & reboot. If the system boots past the UEFI and either begins to load or, ideally, makes it into the OS and is stable, you have a 50th percentile or greater chip on the Haswell overclocking-ability bell curve. If it won’t at least boot there and make it into the UEFI, you probably have less than a 50th percentile chip. You can expect chips in the lower 50th percentile to top out in the 4.4-4.5 GHz range at 1.25 V.

As you can see in that guide my temp profiles are completely different to what they are getting.

So can anyone provide thoughts on what is happening? Or are there more Haswell chips that behave like that this that I'm not aware of?

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  1. Just thought I should mention that I'm Overclocking in the Bios and using PRIME95 small FFts for stress test.

    Also system seems less stable when using BLCK to achieve same frequencies.
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