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Monday, 09 May 2011 11:02

Intel Sandy Bridge put to the test - Overclocking

Written by Eliot Kucharik
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Intel's new generation sees the light



As already mentioned, if your CPU has no Turbo you are out of luck. We managed a mere 150MHz increase with our 2100T using the BCLK. Going over 106MHz is nearly impossible, but maybe your board will manage. Because we thought it would be fun, we reduced the VCore to 0.9V.



If you have one of the K CPUs you can set the multiplier manually. Depending on the clock, you might either leave turbo as it is or disable it all together. The higher the clock the more unusable Turbo is. You can leave all energy savings enabled up to 3.9G/4G and you won't need any or just a slight VCore increase. We set our CPU to +0.05V offset VCore increase while the default core is about 1.25V. With 4.5GHz you need to disable the C6 power state, but depending on the board, it may be possible that the board will shut down any power savings. Of course without power-savings the power consumption will significantly increase for the idle mode. As you can see with 4.5GHz we are bordering 75°C, which may cause the thermal protection to kick in.







We could push it to 4GHz without even touching the VCore settings which is set by the boards at about 1.225V. Prime was stable at 4.5GHz, but the thermal protection kicked in sometimes. At 4.8GHz it was not possible to run Prime95 and our CPU cooler could not keep up with the heat. Namely, with all the cores under load, the heat protection kicked in regulary. We will see if this is valid for all boards or just a problem with the Gigabyte board. Next week we expect a new CPU-cooler, so we will keep you posted. Generally keep the CPU-core temperatures always under 75°C to prevent the cpu from downclocking due to heat.










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0 #1 Boomstick777 2011-05-09 12:29
"As was expected, the new generation of CPUs blows away its predecessors and AMD as well"

Hmm a little late for a review? This is old news..
-2 #2 Blacky 2011-05-09 12:36
Brilliant review! Thank you.
+3 #3 Otherbuns 2011-05-09 12:58
Wow, already?
+1 #4 BernardP 2011-05-09 14:26
Yes, it's late, but Thanks Mr. Kucharik: You consistently have the most useful CPU reviews, because of pertinent overclocking/undervolting/overvolting/power consumption information. Also other CPUs in the comparison are relevant.
0 #5 BernardP 2011-05-09 14:35
A question: looking at Asus and Gigabyte web sites, I don't see support for Xeon Sandy Bridge CPUs on their regular P67 motherboards. How can I make sure that the Xeon E3-1230 is compatible with a given Socket 1155 motherboard?
+1 #6 dishayu 2011-05-09 17:42
I didn't read the article for why this is published now, but i'm guessing surely there has been a mistake?
+1 #7 PlasmaBomb 2011-05-09 19:06
Damn, I was hoping this was about socket 2011...
-1 #8 dicobalt 2011-05-09 23:51
Ivy Bridge is next, in all its trigate 3D glory. AMD better get their act together and ARM better get a x86 license :lol:
-3 #9 eugen 2011-05-10 01:39
it`s no huge difference between these cpu`s maybe in oc mode but amd has none 32nm cpu for desktop at least if only 10 or fps in games its not worth the upgrade ..i don`t get it what happened to whole sse5 future stuff??
+1 #10 Nerdfighter 2011-05-10 07:30
Pretty good review. Next time you could include a couple more gaming benchmarks, like Crysis, which is a CPU-intensive game.

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