MSI’s X79 Boards Hitting 5GHz with Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition on Air Cooling

The one-two combo of Intel’s X79 chipset and six-core Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition CPU is a potent one--especially, it seems, for overclockers. MSI reports that overclockers all over the world are juicing their Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition chips to 5GHz on X79-based MSI motherboards using air cooling alone.

MSI singled out one source, Guru 3D, which specifically hit 5.2GHz with an MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) board.



5GHz is nothing to sniff at, especially considering that the Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition has a stock clock of 3.3GHz (3.9GHz Turbo). MSI points to its Military-Class III components, including DrMOS II, as a reason why its boards can handle that kind of heat.


Whatever the reason, it’s exciting to see such performance from today’s components.
Via:  MSI
Comments
JvanHummel 2 years ago

I'm glad to see that this has all cores/threads active, unlike Hicookie's overclock which had only 2 cores without HT enabled.

AKwyn 2 years ago

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I'm glad to see that this has all cores/threads active, unlike Hicookie's overclock which had only 2 cores without HT enabled.

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I have to agree. Brings up questions about whether or not a motherboard is dependent on gaining overclocking records without disabling cores/threads.

Anyway great job! All cores/threads being active is a major plus.

Inspector 2 years ago

Thats pretty impressive, Temps are up there but hey its a heck of a cpu on air :)

omegadraco 2 years ago

Holy heck... That is pretty freaking amazing... Gotta have the money to smoke a chip though if you want to overclock like this.

OSunday 2 years ago

That is crazy to reach such a high clock speed on air cooling alone, any deets on what air coolers their using and their case/fan setups?

Either way this is really impressive

sarcasticjosh 2 years ago

Woah.... I remember just a year ago my really really techie friends were so close to the 4ghz mark on water cool, and now here we are at 5ghz on AIR!! Wow

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