[SOLVED] Can i overclock an i5 2500k on a stock cooler

Karadjgne

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Short answer.
Yes. You can overclock the 2500k on a stock cooler. The ability to OC does not depend at all on the cooler, but the cpu and motherboard. The capacity of OC is a different story.

No. You will most definitely not like the resultant cpu temps and under heavy loads the cpu will most definitely not like you or your wishes and slow down.

The difference between a 2500k and 3470/3570 is questionable. Ivy beats sandy in almost everything. Except an OC sandy vs locked Ivy. Then it's upto the game. Some games rely less on clock speeds and more on IPC, Ivy wins. Some games rely more on clock speeds, sandy probably win. Ivy has instruction sets and efficiency that sandy doesn't, so some games are even smoother and better on Ivy, regardless of fps. Overall, OC sandy vrs locked Ivy is pretty equitable, but for pure fps, sandy will usually win. If you only care about a benchmark number.
 

jay32267

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I think a lot depends on the ambient temperature and how proficient your case cooling is.
I don't think it would hurt to try it if you're careful.
I would bump it up slowly....all the while watching the temps.
As long as you don't get too hot you won't hurt anything.
At some point you may find out the stock cooler can't cut it.
 

j3ster

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1st those bottleneck calcs are not accurate at all, only real way to actually see if theres a bottleneck is seeing it for your self, for more information id suggest you watch youtube videos, jayztwocents has some good videos on how a bottleneck actually looks like.

and as pointed out the Xeon E3-1230 v2 would be a better cpu that your two other choices.

https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/65732/intel-xeon-processor-e3-1230-v2-8m-cache-3-30-ghz.html

https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/68316/intel-core-i5-3470-processor-6m-cache-up-to-3-60-ghz.html

https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/52210/intel-core-i5-2500k-processor-6m-cache-up-to-3-70-ghz.html


not to mention that the xeon has more cores and as fast as the i5 2500k @3.7Ghz stock boost speeds.

Xeons arent bad for gaming, but not the best either.
 

logainofhades

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Core count is the same, but it has hyperthreading, identical to i7's, which makes them better, in today's games. When it first came out, the Ryzen 5 1600 was slower, than a 7600k, in gaming. In modern titles, the tables have turned, in favor of the 6c/12t Ryzen, due to games taking advantage of the cores/threads. Shadow of the Tomb raider, for example, can nearly fully utilize a 6c/12t Ryzen CPU's available cores/threads.
 

thekillerx10

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1st those bottleneck calcs are not accurate at all, only real way to actually see if theres a bottleneck is seeing it for your self, for more information id suggest you watch youtube videos, jayztwocents has some good videos on how a bottleneck actually looks like.

and as pointed out the Xeon E3-1230 v2 would be a better cpu that your two other choices.

https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/65732/intel-xeon-processor-e3-1230-v2-8m-cache-3-30-ghz.html

https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/68316/intel-core-i5-3470-processor-6m-cache-up-to-3-60-ghz.html

https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/52210/intel-core-i5-2500k-processor-6m-cache-up-to-3-70-ghz.html


not to mention that the xeon has more cores and as fast as the i5 2500k @3.7Ghz stock boost speeds.

Xeons arent bad for gaming, but not the best either.
the problem is that i don't have this xeon processors in local shops and is the 2500k really better than the 3470?
 

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