|Intel Sandy Bridge Overclocking Guide|
|Articles - Featured Guides|
|Written by Servando Silva|
|Wednesday, 20 April 2011|
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Intel Sandy Bridge Overclocking Guide
Editor's Note: Before starting, you should know that any kind of overclocking normally invalidates your product's warranty. While many products come pre-overclocked, brands usually don't expect you to get extra performance for free. In this case, 2 components will be overclocked: CPU and motherboard. If you're a beginner, read the whole guide before starting, or (better) print it to have it around while your PC is being tested. Benchmark Reviews won't be responsible for any damaged component caused by overclocking.
I know, the first paragraph makes it look like a very dangerous action, but don't be scared, it isn't. In fact, I can tell you that every CPU tested in this article is completely alive and running 100% stable at the moment of publishing this article, even I tested with "dangerous" voltage levels. If you're a beginner or you haven't overclocked any LGA1155 (or similar) platform before, you need to understand the basic concepts of the commonly-used variables and the process of overclocking: raise frequency, test stability, confirm and raise frequency again until you can't complete this sequence anymore.In our Intel Sandy Bridge Overclocking Analysis, we're not covering performance change obtained by raising your CPU/RAM speed. That has been covered a lot in every CPU Review we've done in the past. It's your duty to read them and find out if overclocking is worth it to you depending on your daily applications/uses by reading our past articles. But if you want a quick review, all I can say is that there's a sweet point where overclocking won't take lots of extra potency (watts) to increase MHz. If you're looking for a basic (but decent) frequency, you should overclock without applying extra voltage and find your sweet point. We're doing some extra analysis regarding CPU voltage, temperatures and power consumption, but again, performance difference won't be shown in this article.
Before starting I need to say we would have written this guide a couple of months ago when Sandy Bridge was launched along with the H67 and P67 platforms. However, Sandy Bridge platforms suffered a 2-3 months delay thanks to a small error in the P67 chipset design. Users with B2 revision motherboards might find troubles with S-ATA 2 ports in long term use. While this was supposed to happen after 2-3 years and only to about 5% of the products shipped, Intel quickly took action on this and aborted all shipments asking manufacturers not to provide their motherboards to the distributors and resellers. Intel acted quickly enough to stop Sandy Bridge distribution besides some re-sellers, reviewers, media sites and a small portion of people who ran of to the store and bought their Sandy Bridge platform. Within the end of March and beginning of April, many brands announced they would start shipping Sandy Bridge Motherboards again, and here we are now.
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