Intel Core i7-3770K Review

High-end Desktop processor released in 2012 with 4 cores and 8 threads. With base clock at 3.5GHz, max speed at 3.9GHz, and a 77W power rating. Core i7-3770K is based on the Ivy Bridge 22nm family and part of the Core i7 series.
Price 62%
Speed 47%
Productivity 31%
Gaming 77%
Category Desktop
Target high-end
Socket Compatibility LGA1155
Integrated Graphics Intel HD Graphics 4000
Cooler Included Yes
Overclock Potential 16 %
Year 2012 Model
Price 294 USD
Number of Cores 4 Cores
Number of Threads 8 Threads
Core Frequency 3.5 GHz
Boost Frequency 3.9 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 4.5 GHz
Power Consumption 77 W
Manufacturing Process 22 nm
L3 Cache 8 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 32 GB
Price-Value Score 62 %
Speed Score 47 %
Productivity Score 31 %
Gaming Score 77 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 38.3 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 19.1 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 9.6 %
Overall Score 33/100

The Core i7-3770K is one of Intel's high-end Desktop processors. It was released in 2012 with 4 cores and 8 threads. With base clock at 3.5GHz, max speed at 3.9GHz, and a 77W power rating. The Core i7-3770K is based on the Ivy Bridge 22nm family and is part of the Core i7 series.

Core i7-3770K is also the successor of Intel's last gen Core i7-2600K processor that was based on the Sandy Bridge and 32nm process and was released in 2010.

Intel Core i7 3rd Generation, and the Ivy Bridge architecture itself, is notable because it leads 22nm processors to the mainstream for the first time. But, there’s a lot more going on under the hood than just a smaller manufacturing node.

The Core i7-3770K takes the basic ingredients of the Ivy Bridge microarchitecture, which brings an average of 15% more instructions per cycle (IPC) throughput, and 22nm process and melds them into a high-performance chip that is impressive across our test suite, especially when we factor in the competitive pricing, backward compatibility with most LGA1155 socket motherboards, unlocked overclocking features, and bundled cooler.

Intel Core i7 3 Generation is finally here, and the Intel Core i7-3770K might just be the poster child for what this generation of processors has in store for consumers. Sure, it might have stuck with the 4-core, 8-thread setup, which it inherited from its predecessor, the Core i7-2600K. However, with the new 22nm manufacturing process, it delivers a far better performance at lower power consumption.

The Intel Core i7-3770K was rolled out on Apr 2012 for $294, which puts it in the same general price range as the last-generation Core i7-2600K. This means that at least we're not seeing any considerable price jumps from generation to generation.

This decision to 22nm has brought a beefy 15% boost to IPC (instructions per clock) performance. Effectively, compared to a Core i7 2-Generation processor at the same clock speed, you will get a straight 15% increase in performance. That’s not big enough to be evident in day-to-day workloads, but it does still mean something.

What this all means is that the Intel Core i7-3770K is an absolute beast when it comes to multi-threaded workloads, especially at this price point. If you're counting on doing some video editing or compiling one hell of an Excel spreadsheet, you're going to see firsthand a performance boost with the Core i7-3770K.

The Intel Core i7-3770K is another impressive release from Intel and its 3 Generation of Core i7 chips. With it, you’re getting 4-cores and 8-threads, with a boost clock of 3.9GHz. It may not be the strongest contender ever made on paper, but when you see and feel the actual performance gains it offers, you’re certainly getting a lot of bang for your $294 buck.

Bear in mind, however, that if you already have something like the Core i7-2600K, this generation doesn't offer the biggest boost in performance. You might want to wait another year or so before dropping a few hundred bucks, or even opt to splurge on a higher-end but pricier chip.

Intel has been having some trouble as of late which has made it even harder to compete with the incoming wave of FX processors. That has forced the chip maker to be a little more creative and make do with their current product lines. Today we have the Intel Core i7-3770K on hand, which in itself isn’t anything new. It’s basically a refreshed Core i7-2600K with a clock speed boost. We say basically because it’s not a straight refresh however, there’s another change.

One of the nice things about the Intel Core i7-3770K processors is that the retail boxed models come with a CPU cooler. So, you can pick something like the Intel Core i7-3770K up for $294 and don’t need to spend any extra money on CPU cooling.

The Intel Core i7-3770K retail boxed processor comes with the traditional ‘pancake’ CPU cooler. Nothing fancy, but it gets the job done on this processor which is rated at 77W TDP. You do not need to have an aftermarket cooling solution unless you want to.

Now the biggest question is can Intel’s Core i7 processor play games? The answer is simply yes as it got a respectable gaming score of 77% in our benchmarks.

That said, to squeeze out all the potential of this surprisingly potent high-end chip, you’ll want (and need) to splurge on an enthusiast-grade Z68, Z75, Z77 motherboard.

Fresh from a successful roll-out of mainstream Core i7 CPUs, Intel's attack on AMD now extends down into the high-end with its Core i7-3770K processors, which the company is making available as of Apr 2012.

Which GPU to Pick for Intel Core i7-3770K

Below is a comparison of all graphics cards average FPS performance (using an average of 80+ games at ultra quality settings), combined with the Intel Core i7-3770K.

Graphics Card Price Cost Per Frame Avg 1080p Avg 1440p Avg 4K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 24GB $ 1,599 $ 6.6 244.1 FPS
244.9 FPS
173.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Ti 20GB $ 799 $ 3.5 227.8 FPS
228.6 FPS
161.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX 24GB $ 999 $ 4.5 220.3 FPS
217 FPS
139.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 16GB $ 1,199 $ 5.7 211.6 FPS
212.1 FPS
150.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Ti 12GB $ 799 $ 3.9 203.3 FPS
203.8 FPS
144.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT 20GB $ 899 $ 4.5 200.3 FPS
197.3 FPS
127.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 24GB $ 1,499 $ 7.9 190.2 FPS
184 FPS
122.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT 16GB $ 1,099 $ 6 182 FPS
179.3 FPS
115.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti 24GB $ 1,999 $ 11.2 179 FPS
179.5 FPS
127.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT 16GB $ 999 $ 5.6 178.2 FPS
173.5 FPS
113.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT 16GB $ 649 $ 3.9 167.8 FPS
163.3 FPS
107.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 20GB $ 799 $ 4.8 165.8 FPS
163.6 FPS
113.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 10GB $ 699 $ 4.2 165.7 FPS
160.4 FPS
106.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 12GB $ 599 $ 3.7 160 FPS
156.5 FPS
109.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 10GB $ 599 $ 4.2 142.2 FPS
138.7 FPS
94.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6800 16GB $ 579 $ 4.4 132.9 FPS
129.4 FPS
84.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB $ 499 $ 3.9 126.8 FPS
122.7 FPS
81.8 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN RTX 24GB $ 2,499 $ 21.5 116.4 FPS
116.3 FPS
78 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB $ 1,299 $ 11.5 113.3 FPS
113.3 FPS
75.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT 12GB $ 479 $ 4.3 111.9 FPS
109.7 FPS
70.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 8 GB 8GB $ 399 $ 3.6 110 FPS
109 FPS
74.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8GB $ 399 $ 3.8 103.9 FPS
103.2 FPS
70.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB $ 699 $ 6.8 102.8 FPS
101.8 FPS
67.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6650 XT 8GB $ 399 $ 4 99.2 FPS
97.7 FPS
64.4 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN V 12GB $ 2,999 $ 30.4 98.6 FPS
98.5 FPS
67.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 8GB $ 299 $ 3 98.5 FPS
98.2 FPS
67.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 7600 8GB $ 269 $ 2.7 98.4 FPS
97.1 FPS
63.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB $ 699 $ 7.2 97.2 FPS
95.2 FPS
63 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT 8GB $ 379 $ 4.1 93.1 FPS
91.2 FPS
59.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB $ 759 $ 8.3 91.1 FPS
90.8 FPS
60.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB $ 499 $ 5.5 90.6 FPS
87.6 FPS
58.4 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN Xp 12GB $ 1,199 $ 13.4 89.3 FPS
87.6 FPS
59.8 FPS
AMD Radeon VII 16GB $ 699 $ 7.8 89.3 FPS
87 FPS
57.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB $ 399 $ 4.6 87 FPS
84.7 FPS
55.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB $ 499 $ 5.8 85.8 FPS
81.9 FPS
55.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 8GB $ 200 $ 2.3 85.8 FPS
84.7 FPS
58.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 12GB $ 329 $ 3.9 85.2 FPS
82.7 FPS
55.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB $ 400 $ 4.9 81.2 FPS
76.2 FPS
50.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB $ 349 $ 4.4 79.7 FPS
77.7 FPS
50.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB $ 499 $ 6.4 77.4 FPS
74.2 FPS
48.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB $ 350 $ 4.6 76.4 FPS
70.1 FPS
45.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB $ 279 $ 3.7 75.2 FPS
72.6 FPS
47.4 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 4GB $ 1,499 $ 20.7 72.5 FPS
68.6 FPS
47.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB $ 499 $ 6.9 72.3 FPS
70.5 FPS
46 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB $ 409 $ 5.7 71.7 FPS
68.8 FPS
45 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti 6GB $ 249 $ 3.6 70.1 FPS
66.8 FPS
44.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB $ 999 $ 14.3 69.7 FPS
66.1 FPS
43.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB $ 279 $ 4.1 68.2 FPS
65.4 FPS
42.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB $ 399 $ 5.9 67.8 FPS
65.9 FPS
43.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB $ 399 $ 6 66 FPS
62.7 FPS
40.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB $ 229 $ 3.6 64.3 FPS
61.8 FPS
40.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB $ 649 $ 10.7 60.7 FPS
57.9 FPS
37.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB $ 220 $ 3.6 60.5 FPS
58.1 FPS
38 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB $ 279 $ 4.9 57.4 FPS
53.5 FPS
34.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB $ 649 $ 11.8 55.1 FPS
55 FPS
37 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4GB $ 160 $ 3 52.7 FPS
50.4 FPS
32.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 8GB $ 199 $ 3.8 52.2 FPS
48.6 FPS
31 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB $ 549 $ 10.6 52 FPS
49.1 FPS
32.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB $ 229 $ 4.5 50.9 FPS
47.4 FPS
30.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 Nano 4GB $ 649 $ 13 50.1 FPS
49.2 FPS
32.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK 6GB $ 999 $ 20.6 48.6 FPS
45.5 FPS
31.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY 4GB $ 549 $ 11.6 47.4 FPS
46.3 FPS
30.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB $ 254 $ 5.4 47.2 FPS
44.3 FPS
29 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB 4GB $ 169 $ 3.6 46.8 FPS
43.7 FPS
27.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390X 8GB $ 429 $ 9.4 45.6 FPS
44.4 FPS
29.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB $ 170 $ 3.8 44.8 FPS
42.2 FPS
27.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB $ 329 $ 7.5 44.1 FPS
41 FPS
27.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB $ 400 $ 9.3 42.8 FPS
41.3 FPS
27.7 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB $ 329 $ 7.7 42.6 FPS
40.5 FPS
25.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB $ 169 $ 4 42 FPS
40 FPS
25.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB $ 149 $ 3.7 40.2 FPS
38.2 FPS
24.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB $ 179 $ 4.8 37.5 FPS
35.9 FPS
23.4 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380X 4GB $ 229 $ 7.3 31.5 FPS
29.8 FPS
19.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB $ 249 $ 8.8 28.3 FPS
26.9 FPS
16.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380 2GB $ 199 $ 7.1 28.1 FPS
26.6 FPS
16.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB $ 169 $ 6.1 27.7 FPS
26.3 FPS
17.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB $ 279 $ 10.2 27.4 FPS
26.2 FPS
16.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB $ 199 $ 7.3 27.1 FPS
25.5 FPS
16.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3GB $ 169 $ 7.2 23.6 FPS
22.2 FPS
14.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB $ 99 $ 4.5 21.8 FPS
20.3 FPS
13.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 2GB $ 159 $ 7.4 21.4 FPS
19.9 FPS
13.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB $ 149 $ 7.1 21 FPS
18.7 FPS
12.6 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB $ 149 $ 7.2 20.8 FPS
18.1 FPS
12.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB $ 140 $ 7.3 19.3 FPS
18 FPS
11.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB $ 149 $ 8 18.6 FPS
15.5 FPS
10.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB $ 79 $ 5.2 15.2 FPS
14.3 FPS
9.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2GB $ 79 $ 5.4 14.5 FPS
13.6 FPS
8.4 FPS

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k3tr4b April 15, 2020

Upgrading from 8 year old build (i7 3770K) - Need Help!


I've been out of the game with hardware for quite some time now thus asking for the advise.  Looking for best build for the $ to replace my good old 3770K.

Long story short:

Since the beginning I've been with Intel but for this build I think I want to go team red (not only because performance wise they got better but $ also).

Budget is tight so I'm trying to squeeze most of out the buck. I don't really care much about i.e: 5 degrees Celsius difference or minor FPS improvement. Performance to $ ratio (ROI)  needs to be there. But if I would have to give you the number we are looking $900 +-

Would like to reduce noise to the minimum since I'm planing to place the case on the table.

Currently using 34 inch LG monitor (3440x1440) just fyi.

Not really interested in OCing anymore and not interested much in RGB theme.

Use for this build is a mix of:

- " light" gaming i.e: csgo, gta5, witcher bf4 - nothing crazy

- work mostly email, ssh, visio, slack etc.. so nothing intense

- 1080/4K drone footage editing as a hobby(powerDirector) - I've done 4K footage editing on my current setup and I didn't really complain but thought I'll mention it.

So Far Build(as of 3/27/2020):

- CPU: Ryzen 5 3600 @ $160 (can't beat microcenter) -  thoughts?

- HSF: Not sure if I should go with stock or beQuiet (Rock Slim) or Noctua (nh-u12a) so for the sake @ $65.I don't trust AIO since once I had a leak and it fried my GPU so... - Thoughts ?

- MOBO: Gigabyte B450 AORUS M @ $65 (microcenter) - I've also considered ASRock B450M PRO4 which would be $5 less than AORUS but my 8 year old rig is running on Gigabyte and I've never had issues with it. Also I don't see PCIE 4.0 to be huge at this point so I think B450 is solid - What do you think?

- MEM: Don't really care much since no OCing so i.e: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB 2400 @ 68 (newegg). Any other company you would recommend?

- STORAGE: I've heard good reviews about Samsung 970 Evo 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME @ $100. Don't really need 500GB since 256 is plenty but $20 difference between 256<>500 is no brainier imho thoughts?! I have spare spinning for data so we good there.

- GPU: Tough one for me - undecided. Currently running on rx 480 and had nothing but problems (drivers etc). I don't know if I should just go back to team green on this one. Perhaps 2060S or 2070S? Need to do more research if 2070s is worth it that extra $100 +-

- CASE: I want to go mATX and I have two on my mind: Corsair Crystal 280X @ $95 (non RGB) or  NZXT H510 @ 70 - Anyone with one of these cases that could share your opinion? I love the isolation for the PSU and cable management.

- PSU: Another tough one for me. Estimate Wattage with this setup is at around 321W (estimated with 2060S). Primarily it needs to  be as quite at possible and would like it to be modular (less cable mess). Was looking at beQuiet PSUs but again I would love to hear your opinion on this one. For the sake I've looked at EVGA SuperNOVA @ $80 ($20 rebate).

That being said rough total so far: $608‬ (without GPU)?!

Trying to see how can this be optimized and of course your opinion matters!

Constructive criticism is welcomed.

Niiphox April 11, 2020

CPU: Considering you will be editing, I suggest a ryzen 7 2700x as it has 8 cores instead and it costs only around 20$ more, you want more cores for editing.

GPU: Considering you have around 300$ left you can get a 1080 as you said, light gaming.

RAM: considering this is a ryzen build, you want something that is at least 3000mhz speed as ram is important for ryzen builds.

CASE: I'd choose the nzxt h510

k3tr4b April 23, 2020

thanks for the input. Interesting about 2700x. I thought the higher number i.e <3600 is better?! Also seems like 2700x comes with the "better" HSF so no need there?

I didn't know about the RAM so thanks for that!

Thoughts on going RTX instead of GTX?

iopq May 13, 2020

Disagree, get an RTX 2060 and a 3600. Use nvenc for encoding, you can't really tell the difference from most CPU encodes.

With the 3600 you can get 3600Mhz RAM.

This is actually my build right now, it's way too fast for anything I throw at it like DotA 2.

ertaisi May 09, 2020

CPU: Go with a 3600x and use the stock cooler instead of an aftermarket one. The 3600's stealth cooler is not great, the 3600x's is considerably better, and you're not OC'ing so the slight clock boost is nice and you don't need a more expensive cooler.

Mobo: Ask microcenter to flash Ryzen 3000 BIOS if it's not on the B450 already.

RAM: Ryzen performs best with fast RAM, 2400MHz is too slow imo. 3600MHz is ideal, but 3200MHz isn't bad.

SSD: Samsung is the best, but not worth the premium. Go with something like a WD Blue and get twice the capacity or pay half the price.

GPU: Drivers have been an issue for a minority of Navi users. Mine has been great. I would go for the 5700 XT and exchange it if you have insurmountable issues. Microcenter is great.

Case: I have little experience with matx, there may be ramifications for my suggestions based on this. Like, I don't know if stock cooler will fit.

PSU: EVGA is good. Seems like you should be able to get a 600W for about $80.

Mexxi-cosi April 15, 2020

if you get the 3600, get some 3200 or 3600 ram, the ryzen likes fast ram. On the motherboard most people here would say the MSI b450 Tomahawk Max, which is a good motherboard. i have the 3600 with a 5700XT on a Gigabyte Aorus Ultra Gaming and i'm very happy with the build.

edit: i didn't read the mATX part, the MSI is ATX. I'd say the Gigabyte B450 Aorus M is fine.

----Thorn---- May 09, 2020

Take that g.skill neo 3600mhz should do hard difference in your gameplay.

k3tr4b April 19, 2020

I appreciate everyone input. Interesting to see lots of MSI in 450 tier ...

lioncat55 April 19, 2020

I am running a 3600x with a 2080, absolute maximum power draw from the wall has been 400 watts while pushing everything and overclocking. Normal gaming loads around 300 watts from the wall. A 550w psu is plenty for you system. Definitely go gold rated.

Ram, don't go that slow, really hurts cpu performance, 3000mhz minimum. Microcenter had some Crucial 3200 for ~70.

Go with a msi or asrock motherboard. Gigabyte seems to really be cheaping out, your board only has 3 total fan connections, the asrock b450m has 5. I have personally used the asrock motherboard for some budget builds amd I have been very happy. The price of a MSI Tomahawk probably won't help you in any way.

noxality July 14, 2020

help for a simple overclock (i7 3770k). Unlucky chip or I'm doing something wrong?

Hi everyone! Can anyone help me with my chip? I want to clock my CPU a little (4.5GHz will be perfect) but I'm having some difficulties.

My setup is

Mobo & CPU: i7 3770k on a MSI GD65-Z77A, Bios updated to V25

RAM: 4 ram banks of different brands and different speed ( I know that's not optimal, but it's an old rig and it's what I have so I have to adapt). These are the specs , G.Skill on slots 1-3 and Corsair on slots 2-4.

Cooler and Case: Cooler Master Hyper 212X with 2 120mm Fans in push/pull configuration. The case is an HAF 922 with Front 200mm and down 120mm fans IN and 200m up and 120mm rear fans OUT. After 5 cycles of IBT at MAXIMUM i had 69 degrees in CoreTemp for the hottest core at standard frequency and voltage (3.5GHz).

PSU: Thortech Thunderbolt 1000w

It's a fresh windows installation (3 weeks).

First step i tested my memories and the log shows up NO ERRORS. So i set to manual the Core Voltage and i set that exactly at the same value it was before with the AUTO setting (1.08). I started going up slowly with the CPU Ratio, and up to 40x its stable with 2 cycles of IBT at MAXIMUM. At 41x i had to go up with the voltage (1.1) and it passed again the IBT cycles without problems. At 4.2 it starts to be a mess! under 1.3v i cannot even pass the POST phase. At 1.3 i got BSODs when windows starts and at 1.35v it crashes during IBT.

I'm not an expert, so I'm asking for help. I did not touch the RAM frequency, i don't know how to adjust them with the CPU. Also a have other voltages and other options that i don't know, like I/O voltage or the Vdroop Settings. I set Intel Turbo Boost to DISABLED according to THIS GUIDE .

I really want to learn something here about my rig so if you want you can also explain me WHY I have to change my settings, I will be happy to learn!

Thank you very much for the help guys!

jjgraph1x July 10, 2020

Don't worry about memory right now but manually set VCCSA and VTT voltages as auto can't be trusted while overclocking. For now, setting them both to ~1.05V should be fine (Below ~1.15V is safe).

First off, I'm assuming the voltages you're referring to are what you set in BIOS. Monitor the Vcore reading being reported with a tool like HWinfo and CPU-Z. If HWInfo shows a reading called VR VOUT use that instead. Make note of this at idle after Windows has loaded AND then during a heavy test (such as Cinebench R15 or various stress tests).

You will likely observe the voltage drop quite a bit while under load. This load value is what you should mostly focus on. Let me know what you find.

noxality July 17, 2020

this is what happened.

I Can't find the VR VOUT reading, i found a VCORE line instead. it's the right line? This test was done with ALL the settings in bios at AUTO, so with stock frequency and voltages.

I will do it again with fixed VCCSA and VTT as you suggested, but with which frequency? Stock or 4.2?

Thank you very much for your help, I really appreciate that! :D

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