quote PureOCJimi was using arbitrary numbers to make my point that even between supposedly same processors, there are still differences.965's cannot hit 5Ghz. That is a certainty on air or water.
quote hiigaran965's cannot hit 5Ghz. That is a certainty on air or water.there is no set limit as t ohow high it can go, just because it is a certain cpu. here are the limitations on overclocking:
stability of motherboard
i believe thats it. heat is bad, because once you hit a certain temperarure, the chip gets unstable. solution? cool it. voltage decreases the maximum unstable temperature (if i understand it correctly), so you need better cooling that can dissipate heat faster. as for the other two, chip imperfections are nothing you can do about - it will be pure luck if you get, for instance a 965 that can hit 5 Ghz, while another can only hit 4. both work as advertised (ie, at their stock settings), so the manufacturer has no obligation to tell you what it can overclock up to. as for the stability of the motherboard, this comes from getting a higher quality motherboard, but the difference in the final speed is minimal unless youre on extreme cooling.
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