Safe overclock?

By Waffe
Aug 24, 2013
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  1. I bought a i5-3570k for future proofing so I could eventually curious. I am a tad bit curious, is it possible to slightly overclock/turbo my processor? Is the slight boost worth it? I wish to know I fit is safe doing so with a stock cooler.
  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 7,271   +1,864

    In my opinion, it is safe to slightly over-clock with a stock cooler. However I personally wouldn't even bother, until I had better cooler.
  3. Waffe

    Waffe TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 115

    Eh thats what I thought, just wanted some professional insight. I doubt a few extra ghz would help anything anyway.
    What kind of speeds can I achieve with a hyper 212 evo?
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 7,271   +1,864

  5. Waffe

    Waffe TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 115

    Very interesting thanks. I don't want to overclock way overboard. Trying to keep the life on this bad boy to last as long as possible. Future specs I just want 4/4.5 ghz.
  6. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TS Evangelist Posts: 2,376   +573

    I would go to 4.5 ghz as a "safe" overclock for the i5 3570k, however on a stock cooler, your not going to get very high. You need at least a better Air cooler to do any overclocking, otherwise your risking extreme temps.
  7. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,223   +953

    I hear that people can get to 4.4GHz on the stock voltage. Not sure how stable it is though. A safe OC will be 4.2-4.5 GHz. Try not to get your CPU >70-75C under load. That will lower the lifespan of the CPU. I recommend just OCing it to 4.2GHz when you get a aftermarket cooler, and OC further when needed (future games).

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