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5.0 out of 5 stars 3 Years Old, Survived PSU Blow-Up, Now Running @ 4.5GHz, 30 Jan 2014
This review is from: Intel Core I7-2600K 3400MHz 8MB Cache LGA1155 Desktop CPU boxed (Personal Computers)
I've had my i7 2600K for more than 3 years now and it even survived a motherboard & PSU blow-up that caused my PC to catch fire whilst taking out all the electricity in the house (well main-circuit breaker anyway). Three months on with a new MOBO and Pro Corsair PSU it is running great Overclocked to 4.5GHz with voltage capped at 1.315V to protect chip. Furthermore I now have it liquid cooled and it runs at 22-degrees C @ idle and sometimes gets up to 47-degrees (never above 60 C) so a good 20 degrees below where it used to operate using stock-fan air-cooling. It also partners my new GTX 780 graphics card OC'd too and does not cause any bottleneck whatsoever.

Bottom line: the latest i7 Intel chips are no more than 10% faster than this 'old' tech processor and that speaks volumes
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Initial post: 26 Mar 2014 12:44:05 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Mar 2014 12:44:38 GMT
NATAS.k says:
what motherboard replacement did you get? I'm currently looking for a replacement motherboard as my Sabbertooth p67's sata controller has completely gone (can no longer see any drives in bios) I could RMA but that could take weeks with no guarantee of a replacement. any reply would be much appreciated.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Mar 2014 16:53:53 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Mar 2014 16:54:35 GMT
I chose the Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 as it was on offer for only £81 - so a real bargain. It has been a flawless product, easy to install (although the PCD board is a bit light/flexible, so you have to be a bit careful when screwing it onto your Desktop chassis) and also a doddle to set-up i.e. BIOS etc. It also enables me to overclock my i7 2600K to 4.5 GHz from 3.4 using the 'auto mode' plus I can run my 1600MHz RAM modules now at 1645 MHz which is a lot faster than the standard 1333 MHz that my last board only allowed. One final plus about this board is that is has an extra 2 x USB 3.0 ports that you install in one of the PCI slots, thus giving me a total of 4 x USB 3.0 slots which is good as I have 2 in permanent use already.

Posted on 9 Apr 2014 23:30:33 BDT
Logain says:
This is very useful to me as this is exactly what I plan to do i.e. buy a better cooler and OC to about 4.5GHz and then upgrade my graphics card to a GTX 780. I was at first worried about a bottleneck as the processor *is* three years old but after some research I don't see any reason at all to upgrade for at least another year.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2014 20:47:23 BDT
Most quad-core i7 CPU's are plenty powerful, such that when the GPU is operating at 99% capacity (during gaming etc.) the CPU is only running at 35% to 45%, I've monitored my i7 chip many times doing intensive graphics operations - using Asus AI Suite II tool - which shows how hard each core is working as well as the CPU Temp which is by far the most important factor. The GTX 780 is the bottleneck not the i7 2600K!
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