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I7-3770k past 4.4ghz

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December 15, 2012 7:20:09 PM

Hi guys! I'm new to tweaking and overclocking computers, and have some questions. I recently purchased my first real gaming computer, a Maingear Shift. I'm loving it so far. Maingear overclocked it to 4.4ghz, and installed a water cooling system. I've been playing every game I own at maxed out settings on a 1920x1200 monitor, and have yet to see the CPU break 40 degrees C, even after hours of gaming. Metro 2033, BF3, Crysis 2, and even Skyrim with a dozen graphics mods hasn't made it heat up above 40.

My question is this: Given the current temperature, is there enough thermal headroom to allow for a higher overclock? Would I see any noticeable gains in FPS in any of my games? Is it "worth it"?

Thanks :) 

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December 15, 2012 10:23:22 PM

In answer to you question

1: yes, there would be plenty of thermal headroom left if your CPU isn't going above 40°, and from what I've heard, you should be able to get to 4.6-4.8 GHZ on that.

2: What GPU does it have? I'm guessing that it probably won't have enough graphics horsepower to to make the 3770K a bottleneck, which would not make it worthwhile to overclock.
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December 15, 2012 11:54:48 PM

I have crossfire 2gb AMD 7850's. They're overclocked, at 1050mhz and the memory at 1350 mhz.
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December 16, 2012 4:51:06 AM

Yeah, you're not going to bottleneck that processor with those cards. You're going to have to be up in the 7970 range to even begin to think about that being a big problem. Those cards are actually probably the slower side of the system as that your processor. Is it the 3770k? 2600k? It has to be something like that. Either way, giving those cards a boost will probably benefit you more than taking that CPU to 4.6 or higher.
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December 16, 2012 5:56:30 AM

It will be significantly hotter at clockspeed over 4.6ghz with 3770k, they said.
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December 16, 2012 4:35:30 PM

Which i7 is it.

3770k can't really go past 4.6 because of the upper heat threshold intel has in their Ivy Bridges
2600k/2700k/39xx can go up to as even surpass 5GHz because Sandy bridges are generally cooler overall and don't have the heat limit.

No there really won't be any benefit anyways, and since you're running flawlessly anyways, I wouldn't take the risk(bad OC can reduce your clock down from 4.5 to 4.2/4.3 PERMANENTLY).
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December 17, 2012 1:43:41 AM

Best answer selected by acrazypenguin.
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December 17, 2012 1:45:29 AM

Thanks guys! I appreciate the replies. I've decided not to overclock further... as you mentioned, not much purpose if it's running great anyway.
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