View Full Version : Core i7 Overclocking Guides

12-04-08, 01:56 PM
For those new to i7 (since well, it is brand new...heh) here are 2 guides i found on oc'ing.




from jakup:


12-05-08, 05:39 AM
Heres one I posted the other day on the front page, its a pretty good article.


12-05-08, 06:01 AM
Heres one I posted the other day on the front page, its a pretty good article.


That article just talks about results, though, not the process of overclocking the i7. Still a good read, but not quite as helpful as the ones in the OP.

12-05-08, 11:29 AM
if anyone finds any more ill update them in the first post

12-06-08, 02:27 PM


12-06-08, 03:09 PM


Well done dude. :thumbsup:

12-06-08, 03:12 PM
I am still working on my rig, I can't wait to get it up and running!

12-06-08, 03:53 PM
updated jakups link in the OP
thanks jakup, very good guide for the evga x58 guys!
that would be the board id go for...but the blood rage still has me by the throat.

12-06-08, 09:17 PM
I want the MSI Eclipse for its onboard X-Fi.

12-06-08, 09:41 PM
yeah that looks like a good, solid board as well

12-08-08, 08:05 AM
[H] and Anand mentioned something about a memory issue with the MSI board. You might want to look into that.

From what I've gleaned in those articles, it looks like those issues can be resolved with a BIOS update. Having looked at MSI's support site, however, it's hard to tell if any such updates have been made available.

I'm looking to go SLI for my next upgrade, so it seems like I'll probably have to get rid of my PCI X-Fi Xtreme Gamer. As such, the MSI Eclipse is the board I really want. But if these memory issues are not corrected in a timely manner, I'll have to look elsewhere. The Asus P6T is out because it uses ADI for onboard sound. The Gigabyte EX58-UD5 would be my second choice. It has a Realtek audio chip, and I've never had any problems with those.

More related to the topic at hand--what kind of overclock do you think one can expect out of an i7 920 or 940 CPU with stock cooling? My case is on the small side, so I can't invest in any of the large 3rd-party coolers that out there. Would 3.6-3.8 GHz be out of the question? Would I need DDR3-1600 memory to get there, or could it be done with 1333?

Sorry for all the questions, but I have a sinking feeling I'm going to need to upgrade sooner, rather than later, as I think my P5K-E is starting to give up the ghost.

12-08-08, 08:29 AM
I got the P6T because it allows me to run SLI, PCI X-Fi and a PCIe x1 Controller.
So SLI and X-Fi is definitely possible with the ASUS.

Based on the board layout, I'm guessing you have your X-Fi sandwiched between the two video cards?

I do like the Asus' layout, and the ease of hooking up everything, as well as the easy BIOS updates through the Flash menu program. At this point, I'm leery of them because my present board is failing (bad DIMM socket it seems). That being said, if running a PCI X-Fi is possible with 2 GTX 280 video cards, I may have to go with the P6T.

12-08-08, 08:48 AM

Here you can with the asus extreme II x58



12-08-08, 08:49 AM
I read a little more into the MSI Eclipse memory issue, and it seems that the problem is putting three DIMMs into the blue sockets. If you put them in the black ones, there are no problems.

12-08-08, 01:31 PM
Looks like the P6T Deluxe is the best all-around board, and if a PCI X-Fi will fit between two GTX 280 cards, so much the better.

My next round of questions revolves around heatsink size in relation to my case. I have the Antec Three Hundred (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042) mid/mini tower. I'd rather not change cases, as I like it quite a lot. The stock Core i7 cooler is probably not going to cut it for even moderate overclocking, so I'm looking into this (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106124) heatsink/fan. Does anyone know if its height will cause problems with mounting it in my case or am I pretty much resigned to using the stock cooler?

12-09-08, 03:30 AM
These CPU's really do overclock well :)