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Windows 7: Overclocking Intel E5400

07 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 32 & 64 bit
 
 
Overclocking Intel E5400

I was thinking of overclocking my Intel E5400 cpu and wanted to know how easy it would be and how higih it can go. I also have a utility on my pc from foxconn which allows me to over clock it automaticaly would it be worth just doing that to be on the safe side?

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07 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 7 RTM x64
 
 

Hi
Well i will offer you some basics when thinking of overclocking.
1st, Please do your homework before dabbling into bios. Its tempting to increase this here and increase that there, then wonder why you have to take the side of the case off to pull the jumper to clear.
2nd, in my ex windows based software to overclock is usefull but not allways safe, however for the new to o/c peeps perhaps a safer alternative then bios clocking.


From memory your CPU may hit around 3gig, if your system specs are accurate. BUT and this is a big but. The cooling (if stock) will not cut it out. The cost involved with o/c sometimes outweighs just buying a new cpu and board. Esp is something goes wrong and pops something (which does happen)

But then ask yourself why you clocking? Simple question really but can effect what u do. If you want higher FPS in games, o/c will not do much as that graphics card not CPU. If your wanting a faster. snappier system, then consider a SSD hdd, will make a diff trust me.
And if your wanting to do it just for the sake of it and see how high u can go, my advice is dont. Save up and get a new and faster mobo/CPU

Hope that helps
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07 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7 32 & 64 bit
 
 

I was only gona do it for increasing my system speed and that as i got a foxconn mother boad i have the FOXONE tool that has an auto overclock option on it so i thought as it came on the disc with the motherboard it would be safe to do.
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24 Feb 2010   #4

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by damoh View Post
Hi
Well i will offer you some basics when thinking of overclocking.
1st, Please do your homework before dabbling into bios. Its tempting to increase this here and increase that there, then wonder why you have to take the side of the case off to pull the jumper to clear.
2nd, in my ex windows based software to overclock is usefull but not allways safe, however for the new to o/c peeps perhaps a safer alternative then bios clocking.


From memory your CPU may hit around 3gig, if your system specs are accurate. BUT and this is a big but. The cooling (if stock) will not cut it out. The cost involved with o/c sometimes outweighs just buying a new cpu and board. Esp is something goes wrong and pops something (which does happen)

But then ask yourself why you clocking? Simple question really but can effect what u do. If you want higher FPS in games, o/c will not do much as that graphics card not CPU. If your wanting a faster. snappier system, then consider a SSD hdd, will make a diff trust me.
And if your wanting to do it just for the sake of it and see how high u can go, my advice is dont. Save up and get a new and faster mobo/CPU

Hope that helps
nah ur wrong i have the same CPU and i overclocked it to a 3.5GHz and it was completely stable AND i used the stock cooler with no prob also my temps are always under 50 degrees celcius of course, and i didnt use anything special.
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24 Feb 2010   #5

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

When comparing the ability of a certain chip to what you have it clocked against what someone else can, it's like apples and oranges. Two of the exact same setups won't even guarantee the same overclock. Their are to many variables. You are saying your clocked to 3.5 on stock cooling but you may have a different case and air flow, your particular chip may be seated better and dissipating heat better. You may have been fortunate to get a higher quality chip or the best chip stepping for overclocking. It may be able to clock higher with less of an increase in voltage. It is not good advice to tell someone that stock cooling is sufficient for overclocking a chip to 3.5. 99% of anyone who overclocks will tell you cooling is the most important part of the process, and stock cooling is the first thing to go. Then researching the chip for the best stepping, seating it properly, having compatible ram modules that work well with the cpu, a motherboard with a bios that will allow you to change all the proper settings. Using an application software to overclock is never recommended, knowing how to use your bios options is the best way. You also say it is stable at 3.5 This is of course after you stressed it with Prime 95 for 24hrs or more right? No one can tell you (OP) what your chip can "safely" be overclocked to. If you want to get into Overclocking the first thing you need to do is a lot of research,go to the overclocking specalty forums, Search for information on your cpu and motherboard combo and what settings have been tweeked. But don't even try without first replacing stock cooling. Overclocking shortens the life span of you hardware, so maximum cooling is a must. It takes a lot of trial and error to find the sweet spot on a CPU. It's not someting someone can explain to you on how to do it,it's a learning process, no one can tell you what settings to set your cpu at they may give you a place to start but you always take baby steps increasing things a little at a time constantly monitoring your temps. Overclocking is for advanced users and you have to invest a lot of time to learn how to do it correctly. Or have a lot of money to replace fried hardware. Fabe
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24 Feb 2010   #6

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thefabe View Post
... It is not good advice to tell someone that stock cooling is sufficient for overclocking a chip to 3.5. 99% of anyone who overclocks will tell you cooling is the most important part of the process, and stock cooling is the first thing to go...
QFT.

Even two identical chips bought at the same moment in time will usually display very different OC results. Much of overclocking is just "luck of the draw" in terms of what chip you get. Some require no volts for 4GHz, some will never make it no matter how much you increase vcore. That's just life.

As for the OP. Avoid software based utilities. Do it yourself in the bios, but, read first: Howto: Overclock C2Q (quads) And C2D (duals) - A Guide V1.7 - OverclockersClub Forums
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25 Feb 2010   #7

7 Prof
 
 

Nah, most of the new C2D's will clock real well (3.5 is easy), even with stock cooling. Here is the thing: You will not really kill the chip, and if you do, it's only some umpty bucks to replace. Don't worry about a shortened lifespan, your computer will be obsolete before your CPU dies, so go for it with the automatic tool that Foxconn gives you, and push it to the max. Be brave and reap the rewards. Just make sure to cool the system well. If you need help with cooling, let us know.
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25 Feb 2010   #8

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Etihtsarom View Post
Nah, most of the new C2D's will clock real well (3.5 is easy), even with stock cooling. Here is the thing: You will not really kill the chip, and if you do, it's only some umpty bucks to replace. Don't worry about a shortened lifespan, your computer will be obsolete before your CPU dies, so go for it with the automatic tool that Foxconn gives you, and push it to the max. Be brave and reap the rewards. Just make sure to cool the system well. If you need help with cooling, let us know.
Not only is this whole post one big contradiction, it's just flat out really bad advice.

The first sentence is contradicted by the last sentence. The filler is incredible in its irresponsibility: it suggests, "so what if you fry your cpu doing what I say, it's only a few dollars, just buy another".
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25 Feb 2010   #9

7 Prof
 
 

Nah, there's nothing irresponsible about it. Accept the risk, and go for it. Your house not gunna burn down, your life not gonna be ruined. E5400's can easily go past 3.5Ghz. Just provide the cooling.
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25 Feb 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition
 
 

anytime your overclocking step it up in small increaments test it for a while make sure it's running stable and cool. if all is well bump it up a tad more if you feel the need.
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