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Hardware Overclocking Intel's Core i3 530

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Sifter3000, 3 Mar 2010.

  1. Sifter3000

    Sifter3000 I used to be somebody

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  2. Ph4ZeD

    Ph4ZeD New Member

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    Was 4.07GHz really the top overclock you could get with this chip? That seems quite poor in comparison to the E8x00 chips considering the 530 is 32nm.
     
  3. SlowMotionSuicide

    SlowMotionSuicide Come Hell or High Water

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    What's with the crazy amount of TIM on page 2?
     
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    SchizoFrog New Member

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    I'm still fairly confused as to the actual value of Core i3 and this review does little to help. Especially with comments like this one on the first page.

    'Is it £100 worth of upgrade over that aging Q6600 or E-series Core 2 Duo CPU?'

    How do you get £100 worth of upgrade from a Q6600 when you would need a new Motherboard, Memory, the CPU itself and maybe even a new cooler too? You are easily looking at the £250 mark and maybe even up to £350 and at the end I still find it difficult to understand if the results are 'THAT' much better from a Q6600 to warrant what would be pretty much a new build.
     
  5. Claave

    Claave You Rebel scum

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    This isn't a review, it's an overclocking guide. For the review, see http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2010/01/04/intel-core-i5-661-core-i3-530-cpu-review/1
    You'll find comparisons to the Q6600 there, but yes, you're right to say that going from a Q6600 to a Core i3 requires a new motherboard, memory and possibly a new cooler.
     
  6. Cyberpower-UK

    Cyberpower-UK Professional Overclocker

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    4GHz seems a little conservative on 661. I've had them to 4.5GHz without ludicrous temperatures on good air cooling. I wouldn't call that a crazy amount of TIM, on core contact CPU coolers like the Fenrir you need to use a bit more to fill the cracks, I find it's better to goop the cooler rather than the CPU.

    And no, I wont be upgrading my home system from Q6600 to i3 or i5, they may clock well but going from native quad to HT dual core seems like a retrograde step.
     
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    Would be helpful if the test rig was in there with the power consumption graph :)
     
  8. Redkachina

    Redkachina Califragilistsic Expialidocious

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    I was torn between the PII 965 and i3 530 but in the end I choose Phenom because I can still keep my cooler and also its backward compatibility (RMAing my AM3 board so back to Am2+).
     
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    Yes my fault, :duh: I'll drop in a test setup page now.

    EDIT: LOL it was on Page 1, I completely forgot.

    As for 4GHz OCs, we wanted to demonstrate something completely stable and not out of the reach of everyone with any board. We haven't used expensive OC boards - we've used basic UD2s. This guide is meant to lead people into overclocking and not make them feel they are unable achieve it themselves.
     
  10. logan'srun

    logan'srun following the footsteps of giants

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    You consider Prime stable after 6 mins? Please tell me you ran that longer than just 6 mins?
     
  11. mi1ez

    mi1ez Active Member

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    page 3- CPU-Z
    3.6V?!
     
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    No it was just a screenshot to demonstrate it. I wasn't waiting hours, again! ;)

    mi1ez - it's read wrongly. :D
     
  13. SteveU

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    EDIT: Fixed, thanks!
     
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    It would be nice if you added folding smp client to these test
     
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    dark_avenger Well-Known Member

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    +1
    would be nice to get PPD comparisons
     
  16. phatkt

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    Great article.
    Thanks for the overview now I know what to aim for.

    I've just grabbed a i3 540 and Gigabyte ga-H55M-S2H board and with some help from another bit-tech article I'm on my way.
     
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    nice article.

    buying an i3 530, gelid tranquillo cooler for it and a gigabyte h55m-ud2h motherboard with some g.skill ripjaw ram.

    gonna be a huge upgrade from my current core 2 duo at 2.5ghz
     
  18. Guest-16

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    Please post how you get on in the hardware forum :D You can attach pics in the user cp.
     
  19. tech778

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    I have several questions:
    1st GA-H55M-UD2 exist! It is therefore a GA-P55M-UD2 or GA-H55M-UD2H?
    2nd Consumption is measured with what Matherboard?
    3rd The performance tests used to Matherboard?
    4th For the i5-750 was used to Matherboard?

    Sorry, used Google translator
     
  20. Spiny

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    Nice builds

    out if interest, do you select components that are on the windows HCL?

    http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/hcl/default.mspx

    Having been bitten by stuff not on there early in Vista's life I'd want to choose from there.

    Alternatively, do you select from the motherboard manufacturer's memory compatibility list?
     
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