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Total NOOB - First sortie into OC-ing question

Level 7
Hello all you Pushers of the Boundaries of Technology,

I just finished building and powering up my NXZT Phantom-Maximus VI Extreme-i7 4790K system ( thanks to everyone for answering some of the build issues ). Now that I've managed to catch my breath and my heart has slowed down again (lol).
I'd like to make a sortie into the realm of OC-ing.


I have not installed any of the Ai Suite yet - Is it necessary for OC-ing?

With the ROG OC module mounted in a drive bay - Is there a simple pushbutton pre-set foray into OC-ing?

I'd rather make the first jump something simple verses "I am in control of all the bells and whistles!

Thanks in advance for any help

Level 12
I would not recommend installing/using AI Suite. All overclocking should be done in the bios.
Keep it simple at first. Set Vcore voltage to manual, try 1.28v with a 4.6GHz overclock.
Run RealBench stress test to determine system stability. If it passes, bump the OC up to 4.7GHz.
If it fails, increase the Vcore in .01v increments until you gain stability.

CPU heat will be a factor, would suggested a minimum closed looped water cooling system.
Intel i9 10850K@ 5.3GHz
ASUS ROG Strix Z490-E
Corsair H115i Pro XT
G.Skill TridentZ@ 3600MHz CL14 2x16GB
EVGA RTX 3090 Ti FWT3 Ultra
OS: WD Black SN850 1TB NVMe M.2
Storage: WD Blue SN550 2TB NVMe M.2
EVGA SuperNova 1200 P2
ASUS ROG Strix Helios GX601

Should be okay cooler wise, I am using the Corsair H100i GTX. The temp sits around 28 - 31C and playing an unoptimized Star Citizen Alpha only kicked the temp up to 33 - 34C.

Any advantage to using the ROG OC controller?
I thought I read somewhere that it has some preset OC profiles.

In any case, thanks for your reply, I'll do some reading about VCORE, thanx for pointing in right direction.

Level 7

Hello Kelvin

Do not use the oc presets, they oc presets will work but your cpu will be overvolted. It's best to adjust the Vcore manually so you have control how much voltage the cpu is getting.

The temperature controls how far you can overclock your cpu, if you'd like some help overclocking I'll gladly help you. The only thing you really need to play with is the multiplier and the vcore.

If you'd like some help just say so it shouldn't take more than about an hour, you'll see how easy it is.

As NemesisChild says do not install ai suite. I will recommend these three programs for overclocking.

ROG realbench for stress testing.

Real temp 3.70 for cpu temp monitoring

ROG cpu-z for vcore monitoring

Once you get these installed give me a holler and we'll overclock your cpu. List your cpu cooler please.

Level 7
Nate152, Thanks again for the offer. It'll be about a week, but I'll holler when ready.

Question: Realtemp a better app than the Core Temp app?


Level 7
Just asking as I already have the core temp installed


Level 7
Corsair H100i GTX

BTW: I've tried a couple of times, both mirror sites, to download CPU-Z and it never downloads - automatically or manually.