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Can i overclock further?

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January 30, 2010 3:05:52 AM

i already overclocked my i7 860 to 3.6 with 1.21 volts and with idle temps of 32-35 and 60-65 max temps
and was wondering can i go further

i7 860
asus maximus formula III
noctua u12p - se2

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January 30, 2010 3:14:44 AM

every sample is different - how about try? no point in asking here
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January 30, 2010 3:15:41 AM

Yep. You should be fine if you keep your CPU temps under 80'C at full load when running Prime95.

Your idle temps are very good as well. Try going for 3.8GHz-4.0GHz.

Then again, you don't really need to OC anymore since most games have a "sweet spot" of 3.0GHz-3.6GHz for the i7/i5 quads where any OC beyond that yields continually smaller improvements in gaming fps and benchmarks.
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January 30, 2010 3:17:15 AM

im just afraid of bottlenecking both my 5850's too much
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January 30, 2010 3:19:13 AM

There are benchmarks out there that show that even a stock i7 860 won't bottleneck two 5850s or even two 5870s by very much, and an OC to 3.6GHz would mean you'll have little/no bottlenecks in terms of CPU power.
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January 30, 2010 3:20:20 AM

ok thank you
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