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Windows 7: Safe to Overclock on Stock Cooling?

28 Jul 2010   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
Safe to Overclock on Stock Cooling?

I have an Intel Core i7 860 @ 2.8 GHz.

Is it safe to overclock with stock cooling?

Here's a link to the info on the HP website (I have an HPE-257c): Product specifications HP Pavilion Elite HPE-257c Desktop PC - HP technical support (Africa - English)

BTW, I have 3 fans I believe, 2 in the back (Visible by looking at the rear, and one mounted on the Processor. (Then of course on my graphics card.)


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28 Jul 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Well, quite often the premanufactured PC's (Dell, HP, Compaq, Gateway, etc), all lock down the features in the BIOS of the motherboard to prevent this is likely not even possible if you box is an HP.

I have overclocked my Intel Q9550 CPU from 2.83ghz (333 x 8.5x) to 3.20ghz (400 x 8x) and I'm on stock cooling. My temps only moved about 1 degree Celcius and it's been rock solid stable.

So, if you mobo allows's really your temps that will dictate whether or not you can do it which obviously leads to stability in the end.
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28 Jul 2010   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

Upto a point. I wouldn't try to push any more than a 5% overclock with standard stock cooling.
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28 Jul 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post
Upto a point. I wouldn't try to push any more than a 5% overclock with standard stock cooling.
Yeah, I just did the math on mine and I went about 14%...but I watched my temps carefully and my Core 2 Quad Q9550 was running cool. I idle about 34 with the overclock on the stock Intel cooler. I max out around 58.
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28 Jul 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9

I recommend not bothering, even if its possible with an HP.

As said by PParks and Dwarf.

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31 Jul 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box (64-bit installed) + Service Pack 1

Canned PCs typically use a lot of inferior things in them, so I would NOT try to overclock it.

Talking as not obvious as inferior paste between CPU/Heatsink, and cheaper parts in general.
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01 Aug 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)

Shame you can't really do a serious OC with that board. My i7-860 is OC'd to 4.214GHz (with liquid cooling).
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01 Aug 2010   #8
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

I don't even use stock cooling on a computer running stock. No overclock. Better cooling = better performance and things last longer.
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