May 17, 2012

How well do Ivy Bridge chips respond to overclocking?

I'm starting to plan out my next gaming PC, and I've decided on an Intel Ivy Bridge i7 processor. It's rated at 3.5GHz, but as with most things in life, some is good and more is better, so I'm thinking of overclocking it. How well do the new Intel Ivy Bridge processors respond to overclocking?

Here's a look at Ivy Bridge overclock benchmark and temp performance:

Intel Core i7-3770K 'Ivy Bridge' Overclocked Benchmark & Temperature Performance

"The latest platform from Intel isn't without its issues. Temperatures are by far the primary concern that we have seen on this platform though. Pushing into the mid-90's is a little to hot for my comfort level, especially when the second generation 'Sandy Bridge' was so strong with respects to overclocking and temperatures. Clock for clock the third generation Intel 'Ivy Bridge' is faster but it does run significantly hotter. If you aren't looking for the highest possible CPU frequency I would easily recommend an Intel 'Ivy Bridge' processor. The 'Ivy Bridge' processor brings more to the table than just a boost in CPU performance. Depending on your system configuration and what you will be using it for you can see a performance difference with the Intel HD 4000 graphics as well as PCIe x16 Gen 3 expansion slots.

Legit Bottom Line: The Intel Core i7 3770K 'Ivy Bridge' processor may require a bit more cooling than we previously needed on the Intel 'Sandy Bridge' product stack. Though the 3770K is still a great processor that easily pushes past 4.5Ghz and with a little tweaking 4.7GHz-4.8GHz is quite achievable!"

I haven't overclocked one myself, but the one thing that I would keep an eye on is heat.  From the factory, Ivy Bridge processors seem to run pretty warm, and from what others have said, once you start OCing them they get hot.  If you are aware of this when you are building your gaming machine, you can take steps to mitigate it in advance (liquid cooling anyone?).   I get the impression that IB will be fine for mild to moderate OCing, but getting radical would make me worry about heat issues.  


There are few problems with overclocking Intel Ivy Bridge i7 Processors.

Overclocking greatly varies due to what hardware is being used and who is doing the overclocking. Always remember that no two pieces of hardware will perform the same.


Sandeep Seeram

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