MSI’s X79 Boards Hitting 5GHz with Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition on Air Cooling

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News Posted: Mon, Jan 2 2012 3:49 PM
The one-two combo of Intel’s X79 chipset and six-core Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition CPU is a potent one--especially, it seems, for overclockers. MSI reports that overclockers all over the world are juicing their Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition chips to 5GHz on X79-based MSI motherboards using air cooling alone.

MSI singled out one source, Guru 3D, which specifically hit 5.2GHz with an MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) board.

5GHz is nothing to sniff at, especially considering that the Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition has a stock clock of 3.3GHz (3.9GHz Turbo). MSI points to its Military-Class III components, including DrMOS II, as a reason why its boards can handle that kind of heat.

Whatever the reason, it’s exciting to see such performance from today’s components.
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I'm glad to see that this has all cores/threads active, unlike Hicookie's overclock which had only 2 cores without HT enabled.

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Thats pretty impressive, Temps are up there but hey its a heck of a cpu on air :)

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Holy heck... That is pretty freaking amazing... Gotta have the money to smoke a chip though if you want to overclock like this.

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OSunday replied on Mon, Jan 2 2012 8:13 PM

That is crazy to reach such a high clock speed on air cooling alone, any deets on what air coolers their using and their case/fan setups?

Either way this is really impressive

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AKwyn replied on Tue, Jan 3 2012 3:11 AM


I'm glad to see that this has all cores/threads active, unlike Hicookie's overclock which had only 2 cores without HT enabled.

I have to agree. Brings up questions about whether or not a motherboard is dependent on gaining overclocking records without disabling cores/threads.

Anyway great job! All cores/threads being active is a major plus.


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Woah.... I remember just a year ago my really really techie friends were so close to the 4ghz mark on water cool, and now here we are at 5ghz on AIR!! Wow

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