Gigabyte Z77 Overclocking Guide
Published: 26th February 2013 | Source: OC3D | Price: |
The trick is to always increase the minimum possible. We know it's tempting to say bugger it and just jump in steps, but you must resist the urge. You're reading this because you want to overclock in a wholly safe manner, and the safest manner is to go one step at a time. For voltage purposes one step can be considered 0.05v (1.13, 1.18, 1.23, 1.28 etc). It's vital to keep an eye on your temperatures, hence the long OCCT run, and we'd recommend staying below 1.30v on the CPU vCore. 1.35v is what Intel tell you to stay below, but get comfortable within the very safe 1.3v limit for now.
No, that isn't an excuse to go "oh cool, 1.3 volts it is then". You always want the minimum voltage possible. Not only for temperatures, but also for your CPU lifespan. Yes that is a real thing and we can tell you tales of CPUs we've had here at OC3D that, after running on a leading edge overclock for a while, simply refused to run a stable overclock again, even at far below speeds it once took in its stride.
Hopefully you've taken on board the following touchstones. Ensure your loadline calibration is set to whatever setting enables zero vDroop. Always increase the ratio until the system ceases to be stable, then increase the voltage manually by 0.05v until stable. Then repeat the process until your CPU cooler can take no more, or you reach the 1.3v CPU limit. We're certain that with some time spent getting familiar with the processes we've outlined today, not minding the lengthy wait whilst OCCT determines if it's stable, and assuming your temperatures remain tolerable, that you'll be comfortable overclocking your system forever more.
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