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Dougal last won the day on May 16 2016

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  1. Hi Mark. I agree with Martin. If you're only looking for 4.7GHz (certainly enough), then you certainly don't need to delid, and just do exactly as he suggested. I've always had success going with his suggestions too. I only kept going up with GHz for 'fun' and to experiment. TBH, with P3D, I don't see any difference between 4.7 & 5 GHz
  2. Mmmm..... Really? I have the 7700k at 5GHz. Delidded, cooled with a FULL custom loop and ambient at only 21c. Absolutely NO WAY can it do 60c loaded. If your does, never ever sell it;-)
  3. I also used a smear of silicon, making sure NOT to let it even semi set before clamping IHS back down. Didn't want anything at all trying to keep those mating surfaces apart. I made that mistake with my 6700k and do it again:-(
  4. Yes looks MUCH better that what I used: De-Lid Tool I watched many video tutorials and took my time.
  5. Hi Scott After trying for ages to get a decent de-lidding tool, which are indefinitely out of stock, I bought a cheap 3D printed item from eBay. They work just fine, but need 100% focus and concentration to avoid costly mistakes. Yes, I used the liquid silver. The 7700 seems to suffer from high temp spiking. Providing you've got decent airflow through your case, I'm sure you'll get 5GHz with the great Noctua cooler. It's a truly great cooler, but also enormous, and I hate not having easy access inside the case. De-lidding makes a BIG difference. Or at least it has for me, twice.
  6. After de-lidding and overclocking my i77700k, followed by installing a custom water cooling loop, I think I’m finally finished testing. I’ve also applied and, I think understand, how to use Intel SpeedStep, combined with Adaptive and Offset cpu Voltages’. Now, when the PC is idling, or under very light load, which is at least half of most days (PC on about 16hrs a day), the frequency backs right down to just 800MHz with vcore at only 0.667volts. The cpu core temps hardly climb above ambient under these conditions. Hopefully, these components might last a bit longer than my normal overclocked bits which, even when dialed back, were previously supplied by manual and fixed overclock voltages. I now have a solid 5GHz overclock, with peak temps maxing around 78c ONLY when stress testing. When running P3Dv4, X-Plane 11, or other games I have installed, the temps are occasionally in the 60s but mostly hover around 57c to 60c. Windows & P3D will launch at 5.2GHz, but the PC is not stable, and temps start to get out of hand. Even at 5.1GHz, things are not completely stable, so I wound it back to 5GHz. XMP at 3200MHz is also applied. Delighted with this, and it’s been a truly great learning experience for me. I used all EK parts the cooling loop, even their own compression fittings, and very happy with the build quality.
  7. Good point. I've noticed this too going to my 1st custom water loop. To be honest, the cpu temp differences between a good AIO cooler, a quality air cooler like the Noctua, and the custom loop, are not that great. By FAR the biggest game changer for cooling the Intel chips, seems to be the delidding process. Combining this with a custom loop made some bigger changes.
  8. Having just installed a custom water loop on my main FS PC, I've replaced the AIO in my secondary machine, with the Noctua NH-D15. This has a Sandy Bridge 2600k, running at 4.8GHz. that never gets to 75c with that cooler, whatever I hit it with.
  9. I agree with the Noctua NH-D15 (or S variant). I have the early version and on two separate PCs, it gave me BETTER (read than again, BETTER) results that the Corsair AIO H115 AIO cooler on both machines. Noctua got it 'spot-on' with that cooler. Its also much much quieter than the AIO too.
  10. I had the exact same issue after about 3 months use with the Corsair H115i fans when top mounted. Those fans are VERY high speed units. Personally, I'd swap the fans out for Noctua items. Much better at doing the same job for much less noise;-)
  11. Doesn't matter how I install it, or how how I 'clean' the disk before installation, why does Windows 10 insist on so many silly little partitions? Partitions
  12. Dont get me wrong, I'm not 'knocking' the Corsair fans, and most certainly NOT complaining;-) They're outstanding quality, and they definitely get the job done. Look at the numbers though.... The Corsair fans that ship with 115i (and other coolers) top out at a mahoooosive 2000rpm! That's an awful lot of whirlygig thingies;-) The Noctua replacements top out at 1500rpm and still move more air than the Corsair units. In my system, when overclocked, the Corsair units were much noisier than the Noctua's, even when running at half the Noctua's speed.