I7 cooling system Tags: CPUs Overclocking Cooling Intel i7 Last response: December 2, 2011 3:17 PM in CPUs Share senthurpandian December 2, 2011 2:03:30 PM Hi, I have built a new gaming RIG recently, after a long discussion in Tom's Hardware forum. I've now got a doubt in the cooling system of my processor. I am using the stock CPU cooler of my i7 2600k and am getting 50 degrees easily (as per ASUS visual tool). Can anyone tell me the necessity of overclocking and a CPU cooler. I am a gamer and I want to run all of the latest PC games in full resolution (1920x1080 in very high/ultra). My configuration is available in my signature. Now my questions: 1. Am I supposed to overclock for Gaming reasons? (as of now, my CPU is not reaching full utilization in any of the games I have played) 2. Is CPU cooler required for i7 2600k without overclocking? 3. Is Cooler Master Hyper 212 plus sufficient for i7 - if I am overclocking. Else, suggest one. Cheers! Senthur --------------------- Intel i7 2600k | Asus Sabertooth P67 | Asus GTX 570 | 8G Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz DDR3 Samsung 23" LED @ 1080p | 2TB WD HDD @ 6 Gbps | Corsair TX 750W PSU | CM HAF 912 chassis More about : cooling system IntelEnthusiast a c 190 à CPUs a b K Overclocking December 2, 2011 2:33:09 PM 1.) Do you have to overclock for gaming? No but it can improve your performance on high end games. 2.) Is CPU cooler required for the Intel® Core™ i7-2600K without overclocking? No, the stock cooler works fine and you can even get a small overclock out of it without much problem. 3.) is the Cooler Master Hyper 212 plus sufficient for i7 - if I am overclocking? Yes I am using one right now and it does fine as long as you arent pushing for high end. Christian Wood Intel Enthusiast Team m 0 l senthurpandian December 2, 2011 3:09:11 PM Thanks for your reply Regd. performance on high end games. >> I have never seen the CPU utilization more than 50% in any of the games I have played. Is there any such games with the maxed out settings? Regd. CPU cooler >> Till what level it will be very stable? I am using Asus Sabertooth P67 with stock CPU fan & Corsair TX 750W PSU Cheers! Senthur --------------------- Intel i7 2600k | Asus Sabertooth P67 | Asus GTX 570 | 8G Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz DDR3 Samsung 23" LED @ 1080p | 2TB WD HDD @ 6 Gbps | Corsair TX 750W PSU | CM HAF 912 chassis m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer chriscornell December 2, 2011 3:17:30 PM Keep in mind that Windows doesn't distinguish between physical cpu cores and hyperthreading, so if the Taskmanager is showing a 50% cpu usage, you're actually using 100%. Hyperthreading doesn't affect games positively in 99,9% of the cases. m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources Solvedi7 4770k compatibility with NZXT kraken x60 water cooling system Forum SolvedCooling System for i7 2600k? Forum SolvedBuilding System thoughts/suggestions for Case/cooling? I7 950 Forum i7 4770k cooling system for a little bit of overclocking Forum Do I need a different cooling system for an intel core i7 2600k? Forum I7 system Case and Cooling Query Forum Intel core i7!! water cooling system!! need help!! Forum Make me a liquid cooling system for under $100 for i7 1366 Forum FS: i7 920 @ 4.0ghz water cooled, 780 Ti Classified System. $1400 UTICA NY (USA) Forum Cooling systems i7 965 Forum SolvedCPU cooling fan (non water cooled) for i7 4790k processor that is NOT noisy Forum SolvedCPU Cooling i7 4790k Forum SolvedIs the NZXT S340 case good for cooling a gaming PC with an R9 295X2 and a Core i7 2850K? Forum SolvedCooling the i7 4790k Forum Solvedi7 4960x Overclock Cooling Forum Solvedi7 4470 COOLING Forum SolvedLiquid cooling options for SLI GTX 780s and i7 4770k Forum SolvedI7 4770k liquid cooling? Forum SolvedGood CPU fan cooling for i7 4820k? Forum Solvedi want to ask about the custom water cooling system Forum More resources Read discussions in other CPUs categories AMD Intel Intel i5 Intel i7 Phenom Cooling Performance !