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Bignut

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    Bignut got a reaction from SirWendall in Help getting best performance out of i7 6700k before upgrade   
    Hello all, I'm bored working from home so I've decided to take on overclocking my i7 6700k.
    I'm learning it's less scary and complicated than I originally thought, which makes me regret not applying a light overclock when I bought my parts ~3 years ago.
     
    Here are my relevant specs and what I'm at right now. Also please tell me if something looks off, I'm new to overclocking.
     
    CPU: i7 6700k @ 4.6 ghz, 1.355v (Didn't mess with it a lot, pretty sure I can go slightly lower)
    Cooler: Noctua NH-U9S (I have 2 fans on this in a push-pull config but I don't think it makes a difference)
    RAM: Team T-Force DARK PRO 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 (using the xmp profile, 3200 mhz, 1.4v; Didn't push the timings)
    Mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming 7
    Case: HAF XB EVO
     
    At 4.6 ghz, my cpu idles at about 35-40C, under load it tops at ~75C. (I think that's typical?)
    I got it stable 4.7 ghz @ 1.375v, but it started getting up to 85C and I decided that was out of my comfort zone.
    To test stability I'm running Prime95's torture test for 5 minutes. If it doesn't crash after I call it good and so far I haven't had any problems.
     
    Is purchasing a Cryorig R1 Ultimate or a Noctua D15 cooler a good option if I want to get the most out of overclocking my current CPU with the possibility of re-using said cooler when I upgrade? (No idea when I'll upgrade but hopefully not this year.) Also I prefer air coolers, no AIO water shenanigans. Is 1.4V for a CPU OC the "safe limit"? I haven't seen a consensus.  
    Thanks!
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