Solved Reasonably safe overclock potential for an i-7 4790K

February 1, 2015 at 13:21:26
Specs: Windows 8, 4790 K
High-end system (as they go).....any expert advice on overclocking the 4790K on an asrock z97 board? I've heard the Devil's Canyon do not overclock easily in terms of stability and heat. However, 4.5 Ghz would be a nice "reasonable" OC to shoot for.
Any experience...I've got a 650 XFX Bronze Plus new PSU...and a lower end asrock board but supports the chipset and is known as an "overclocker".
Thanks in advance, cheers,


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February 1, 2015 at 15:50:21
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I built my Devil's Canyon 4690K system recently but I have not OC'd it yet. What I did read so far is that on most motherboards (including Z97's since they were released prior to the new DC CPU's release), you need to make sure that you have the latest BIOS (or at least the one that states updated overclocking for the Devil's Canyon CPU's) before you begin overclocking. Of course all precautions before updating BIOS are important because improperly done can have grave consequences. Next, some recommend RAM to its base speed rather than custom or XMP settings before overclocking and then trying the best memory speeds after stability is established. I have not found the original article I read (probably saved on my old machine) but I have included links to others below. Yes, it appears that most can achieve 4.5GHz without difficulty, just watch temps and volts and test for stability. Another note that I remember is that Prime 95 is not as recommended as in the past because it will push your temps much higher than you will ever be able to reach and therefore cause a crash that would not otherwise b an issue in all normal usage.

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February 2, 2015 at 07:41:00
Great hearing from you and thanks for info. Cheers Mark

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