Overclocking 2nd gen i7 2600K for newbies?

have never tried to overclock any of my PC's- dont really understand all the acronyms and numbers in BIOS.

This CPU is running a 3.4 Ghz and I will be moving it into a new Chassis with Corsair liquid cooling.

I'm using an ASUS P8Z68-V motherboard with Smart Bios.

Not looking for blazing speed, just want to learn and understand the fundamentals of overclocking anything.

Some people have mentioned changing the multiplier to 40 to gain 4.0 Ghz...What does this mean and how??

2 Answers

  • Ken
    Lv 6
    7 years ago
    Favourite answer

    I would study and educate myself about overclocking before attempting it. The key thing to understand about overclocking is that it produces A LOT of heat. I mean A LOT of heat! The more you overclock, the hotter the CPU gets.

    That is why over the past few year there have been a plethora of different heat-sinks and closed loop coolers developed. This is almost exclusively due to overclocking CPUs like the i7 2600k (which is a great overclocker).

    If you get a Corsair liquid cooler (you didn't say which ones as there are about 8 different ones, some are so-so (H60), and some like the H80i, and H100 are great).


    Websites like these have quite a few experienced overclockers and can get you started. Go to their forums and FAQ sections and you'll learn a lot. If you however just jump in and try and overclock without knowing what you are doing, you could potentially damage several components including your motherboard, PSU, CPU, and RAM.




  • 7 years ago

    Overclocking consists of increasing the multiplier and clock which thus increases the overall clock speed. To do this though you also need to increase the voltage to make things stable. Increasing the voltage means increased current which means increased heat. To combat this you need to use an aftermarket cooler whether it be an air cooler like a Cooler Master 212 or Noctua NH-D14, or an AIO water cooling unit like a H220 from Swiftech or H110 from Corsair. You could also do a custom loop but they can be complicated.

    Here is a guide for standard overclocking plus a guide for using the auto overclock function.


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