So i guess i didnt win the silicon lottery?? :(


Nov 4, 2016
Having built my first rig just before Christmas i had overclocking in mind down the road for potential future proofing and earn stripes as a gaming rig builder.

I had time today so i set up my Devils canyon 4690k for an overclock in the miss bios.

I took it up to 4.6ghz at 1.25v with ram set down to 1600ghz like linus suggested in his video but no dice.
Rebooted to bios.

I didnt fancy trying 1.3 + because ive only got a cooler master hyper 212 evo with artic silver thermal paste in there.

I dialled it down to 4.4ghz at 1.25v but got a reboot again.

4.3ghz at 1.25v was the highest stable overclock i could get on static in gaming with nvidia recording on ( star wars battlefront extreme edition ) and 2 hours in Aida64 extreme system stability test.

I didnt think long term this would be good for my chip so i took it down to a modest 4.2ghz at 1.21v
which isnt to be sniffed at since the kaby lake i5 7600k i recently fitted to a build i did for friend has a boost of 4.2ghz.

It came out stable. I went into bios, swapped static to dynamic and enabled xmp profile 1 for my kingston hyper X savage 1866ghz (2x4GB) CL9 8GB dual channel memory kit.

All is working well after another 2 hour Aida64 extreme system stability test and another few games in sw bf.

Well you don't say what your stress load temps are. Temperature management is more crucial to aggressive overclocking than voltage. You can see my sig for that info. The EVO 212 is at best only for mild to moderate overclocks (25% or less). If you want to get up into the 4.4GHz-4.6GHz territory, you'll need better cooling.

Also, Arctic Silver 5 paste was years ago shown to only be moderate in performance compared to others. You'll need better performing paste in the upper spectrum of overclocking (like Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut). When you get into higher overclocks, every degree of temp reduction counts. And when you combine better cooling/thermal solutions, they add up.
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