Haswell-E overklocking workshop: How to get the most out of the Core i7 5960X, 5930K and 4820K

Get the best performance out of your Haswell-E processor

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Introduction

The newest Intel Haswell-E processors are already pretty fast out of the box, but if you want to you can squeeze a lot more performance out of them. This workshop shows you how to achieve the optimum overclock.

The Intel Haswell-E processor family was introduced at the end of August 2014, click here for our extensive review. Overclocking the Haswell-E chips is comparable to the methods used on the "normal" socket 1150 Haswell CPU, but because of the DDR4 memory as well as other improvements there are quite a few differences. This article shows you in easy steps how to get the best possible performance out of the Haswell-E chips.

It is an added bonus that all three Haswell-E CPUs on the market are unlocked, not just the top model Core i7 5960X but also the cheaper 6-core Core i7 5930K and 5820K. This enables the overclocker to work with any of these processors without having to worry about limitations.

In this workshop we are using a ASUS Rampage V Extreme motherboard and a Core i7 5960X and 5930K processor. We are however keeping most tips as generic as possible so that the use any other X99 motherboard is possible.


In this workshop we used the Intel Core i7 5960X and 5930K on a ASUS Rampage V Extreme X99-board.


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three products discussed in this review

  Product Lowest price

Intel Core i7 5820K Boxed

Socket 2011-3, 3.3 GHz, 6 cores, 140 W, 22 nm

Specifications Test results Reviews Prices

$425.00

Avg. $425.00
1 shop, no stock

Intel Core i7 5930K Boxed

Socket 2011-3, 3.5 GHz, 6 cores, 140 W, 22 nm

Specifications Test results Reviews Prices

$570.00

Avg. $570.00
1 shop, no stock

Intel Core i7 5960X Boxed

Socket 2011-3, 3.0 GHz, 8 cores, 140 W, 22 nm

Specifications Test results Reviews

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