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I5-3570k OC Questions

I'm thinking about overclocking my i5-3570k. From what I can tell, Ivy Bridge is so-so for overclocking, and even 4.5Ghz is not recommended without an $80+ cooler.

So say I wanted to go with about 4.3Ghz; which cooler should I get? I was looking into the Cooler Master V8, but I'll take anything in the $50-60 price range if it will get the job done. If 4.3Ghz is too high, what could I achieve for the price? (I am also looking into Arctic Silver thermal paste)

Also, what could I push the clock to without voltage tweaking at all?

And lastly, what kind of performance gains could I expect to see in CPU intensive games with a 4.3Ghz overclock?
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    Have you even thought about the Coolermaster Hyper212? $20 cooler after rebates on Newegg.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    If you buy two decent fans for it ($30), you spent $50 for a very effective cooler that comes very close to the performance of the Noctua D14. And yes, it should be able to handle the IB at 4.5Ghz given you get a chip that's not going to need ~1.3v to get there. I've seen a lot of people running the 3570k on Hyper 212's with good results. The biggest thing is applying the thermal paste right.

    Aside from that you have the NZXT Havik which is $65 and then the Noctua which is $80. I guess it's all in what you want to spend.

    As for performance gains, depends on the game really. Some games will see a decent increase while others may not even see an increase.

    Stock voltage? Eh? You never know as each chip is different. Just because one guy hits 4Ghz on stock volts doesn't mean you will.
  2. steddora said:
    Have you even thought about the Coolermaster Hyper212? $20 cooler after rebates on Newegg.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    If you buy two decent fans for it ($30), you spent $50 for a very effective cooler that comes very close to the performance of the Noctua D14. And yes, it should be able to handle the IB at 4.5Ghz given you get a chip that's not going to need ~1.3v to get there. I've seen a lot of people running the 3570k on Hyper 212's with good results. The biggest thing is applying the thermal paste right.

    Aside from that you have the NZXT Havik which is $65 and then the Noctua which is $80. I guess it's all in what you want to spend.

    As for performance gains, depends on the game really. Some games will see a decent increase while others may not even see an increase.

    Stock voltage? Eh? You never know as each chip is different. Just because one guy hits 4Ghz on stock volts doesn't mean you will.


    Thanks. I think these fans look decent for the noise level / air flow / price:

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Excalibur-Computer-R4-EXBB-20PK-R0/dp/B003AVMRPM/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=2L4I4H9R1TE7C&coliid=I17NL7SLFGDDTL
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