Overclocking Core i7-965 (C0): 4.0 GHz
Our Core i7-965 Extreme sample is the same one we used in the initial Core i7 coverage article at the end of 2008. Thus, we’d expect newer samples to perform a bit better. We achieved 3.47 GHz by increasing the multiplier from the 24x default to 26x at a 133 MHz base clock.
The next step, 3.61 GHz, was reached through another multiplier increase to 27x. Still no need to adjust Vcore.
The move to 3.74 GHz required a slight increase in CPU voltage in the BIOS to 1.192 V. This resulted in an effective 1.280 V processor voltage, while the automatic voltage setting used 1.176 V and had the system run at an effective 1.264 V (see screenshots above).
In order to reach 3.87 GHz, we further increased the processor voltage to 1.216 V in the BIOS, resulting in an effective 1.296 V Vcore according to CPU-Z. However, this did not run reliably and we had to further increase the voltage to 1.232 V. At the end of the day, our maximum clock speed was a nice, even 4 GHz.
The maximum clock speed at which we could run our old Core i7-965 was 4.0 GHz at an effective 1.32 V, based on a 1.232 V BIOS voltage. According to findings across the Internet, it is safe to assume that some C0 processors can do another 200 to 300 MHz on air cooling with a little luck.
Settings and Results Table
|Core i7-965 (CO) Overclocking||3,334 MHz||3,475 MHz||3,609 MHz||3,743 MHz||3,876 MHz||4,009 MHz|
|System Idle Power||111 W||111 W||111 W||112 W||113 W||113 W|
|System Peak Power||232 W||249 W||251 W||260 W||267 W||276 W|
|BIOS Vcore||1.176 V||1.176 V||1.176 V||1.192 V||1.216 V||1.232 V|
|CPU-Z VT||1.232 V||1.264 V||1.264 V||1.8 V||1.8 V||1.8 V|
|PLL||1.8 V||1.8 V||1.8 V||1.8 V||1.8 V||1.8 V|
|Fritz Chess Benchmark||12126||12517||12967||13392||-||13832|