I was thinking to build myself a new computer and i was thinking to by the AMD FX 4170, 4.2 GHz 4 core processor by AMD but can i easily overclock this Processor? (to for example 5 GHz) with a Corsair H100.
How much do you believe i can overclock the 4170?
Every chip is different. Average range is around 4.4 ~ 4.6, but I've seen as high as 5.1 with the best cooling. Being that the speed is already 4.2 it is already pretty nice speed at default.
I currently have I7-3930k stock at 3.2GHz, I have seen mines go up to 4.5 GHz thanks to my case setup and CPU Noctua dh14 2011. I Put it back to stock though because I am unsure if it is worth pushing my CPU causing the extra strain. I guess I will have to work out how much will my CPU last running OC, If the life expectancy was only cut short by 10% then maybe I would think it was worth it.
I've had heavily overclocked CPUs last 10 years, and others much shorter. I've even had both Intel and AMD CPUs fail at stock speeds in just a few years.
There is no way to figure which you are going to get. It's pure chance. However, the larger scale on the AMD side seems to be giving them a bit better edge when it comes to robustness as compared to the new Intel design... purely personal opinion, but based on what I've seen.
4170 would be my choice
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