- Sep 30, 2020
- Asus Prime X299-DELUXE
- RX 6900XT
Hi Izo, Thank you for leaving all this great info for me and others out there. I too have a professional water looped system and water block everything (CPU and GPU's). I've been built quite a few Hackintosh systems for myself and love the meticulous process of building my systems. I too got into the performance stuff some time ago, but don't care for that stuff now. Just to let you know about 3 years ago I got the 7980XE and actually met the creator and patent holder of the delidding company (since he lived locally where I live). After delidding my CPU, I used Thermal Grizzly's Conductonaut (Liquid Metal Compound), and it's been working just fine ever since. I'm also using the EKWB Monoblock that not only cools down the CPU, but also the thermal capacitors (and those things get extremely hot!). I also have 64GB 3600 MHz DDR4 of GSkill RAM that could be OC'd too, but don't really like to mess with voltage stuff with my RAM. Unless, someone gave me some basic instructions to boost it slightly. In any case I followed KGP's way of overclocking (at the time), but haven't touched my current BIOS (running 1503), on my main system.Overclock Settings
- Enable Sync All Cores and set a multiplier starting from 40x (or maybe 35x if you have an AIO and go from there)
- Set thermal throttle limits to the limit in the Intel ark spec sheet. For example, the 9980XE is recommended to be at 84c maximum because it has a soldered IHS and it is difficult to delid this CPU. You can however get a 7980XE and delid and add your own soldering solution, however I just recommend getting the 9980XE and keeping it stock. Those extra ounces of performance is not worth it.
- Reboot and do some benchmarks and check the temps with Intel Power Gadget and see if 40x is enough for you, then start pushing it more to 42x on all cores and see where you get. I personally keep all cores at 42x because it's the best one for my workload, it perfectly throttles at 84c when needed and still runs safely at 4.2Ghz on all cores (+/- some here and there per core). At 45x I have to ramp up the radiator fans and I don't want to, I'd rather have a more silent system.
- Also you are able to control each core and you are able to set for example 8 cores to 42x multiplier and another 8 cores to 35x multiplier to not have the whole CPU run so hot. This is a good solution for those who don't want to do open water loops.
When I switch everything over to the 6900XT (when my other card comes in within the next 4 to 5 days), I will water block it and then update my BIOS to 3105. I know I could use the latest BIOS (3403), but since WoodCabin has provided me with his EFI file that is successfully working with 3105, I go by the thinking "what ain't broke don't fix it, but push it to it's max anyway, until you have to."
Aside from that, YES I do have a sweet setup that I could OC nicely, but have never been really good at OC'ing. So my question to you is, After I go into the BIOS and Sync All Cores, where else would I go into the BIOS and "set the multiplier" to 40x? That's where I get stuck trying to find all this stuff. If you could tell me where to go in the BIOS to make some general adjustments to OC my CPU some that would be great. Thanks again for your input and help.