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Hyper 212+ Overclocking?

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March 13, 2011 11:35:09 PM

Hey guys,

I have chosen a new build with a Core i3 2120 with a CM Hyper 212+ Cooler (with dual fan push-pull).

With these two components how far can I overclock the i3? Is there a better cooler for under $40? (Aussie prices.)
And lastly what temperatur should it be safe at, (the max. is 69.1c but I want to be on the safe side.)

Thanks in advance,


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a c 182 K Overclocking
March 14, 2011 1:54:32 AM

I have no idea what that cpu is capable of.
No you will not find a better cooler for the price.
Don't go above your cpu's rated temp limit.
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March 15, 2011 2:46:59 AM

You cannot overclock the i3 2120 at all as it is a locked Sandy Bridge part. Not even 4x multipliers, as it doesn't have TurboBoost.
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March 15, 2011 5:49:02 AM

Then what would be the cheapest Sandy Bridge overclockable CPU? Or what bout AMD?
March 18, 2011 5:26:31 PM

The simplest way to tell is the "K" at the end, specifying "Unlocked" processor. 2500K, 2600K, etc, are all unlocked (aka overclockable) CPU's. in Sandy Bridge Series.
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March 18, 2011 10:23:28 PM

anort3 said:
The cheapest overclockable Sandy Bridge is the 2500K. The i5 2300 and up have Turbo Boost though.

If you are gaming forget AMD. The i3 2100 beats the 1055T Thuban in all gaming benchmarks ( dual core beating a hexacore).

I disagree.The phenom 2 1055t has a very low clock speed and games aren't optimised to take advantage of its extra cores efficiently.Even so,getting the 1055t to 4ghz will reduce the bottleneck and destroy the i3.Furthermore the x6 also beats the i3 at every heavily multithreaded application.Then there is the matter of high resolutions which minimise the bottleneck and the fact that the i3 can't be overlocked to increase its performance.
i3 vs phenom 2 x6 is a win for the AMD side.Still,I can't deny that the i5 2500k is a much better performer than the phenom 2 x6.Even my "old" i5 750 beats it in some cases(gaming mostly).
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April 29, 2011 3:57:16 PM

You can't even O.C. the i3's with the FSB at all?
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April 29, 2011 9:12:55 PM

5%, maybe.
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a b K Overclocking
April 29, 2011 9:23:32 PM

Wats so differnt from the i3's compared to the Core2Duo's when it comes to deal isn't it no unlocked multiplier,just means FSB O.C. right?
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April 30, 2011 6:38:19 AM

Sandy Bridge i3? Definitely not. Locked multiplier. USB, SATA, etc. speeds based on the base clock, so you can't change it much at all.
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April 30, 2011 5:48:14 PM

is there FSB on SandyBridge.?
I thought it was IMC instead....:D 

:non:  That's the intergrated memory controller.Lynnfields and Bloomfields also have it.The fsb is still the Base Clock.