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Sapphire Pure Black X58

Posted January 31, 2011 by Jake in CPU & Motherboards







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As with all overclocking, your mileage may vary. But more importantly, be sure you don’t get overzealous without knowing the implications and what could go wrong, since the last thing you want is a blown processor. Manual overclocking requires time and effort to learn some of the basic rules, then work on the intricacies; your patience will be rewarded.

We installed a Core i7 930 to see what could be accomplished with a "budget" chip that doesn’t have a very high multiplier, and would thus be more dependent on the board’s abilities for overclocking. We also strapped on a Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU cooler and a high output fan to see what we could achieve with some strong air cooling.

We nailed down an impressive 4.4GHz speed. Not bad we’d say for air cooling. Considering the Pure Black X58 is the new kid on the block in terms of LGA1366 motherboards, it posted some strong overclocking results. We’d be a bit concerned, however, running this type of speed 24/7 on a board that only has an 8+2 phase power design. We’re not sure of the long term implications, but we would feel more comfortable with something beefier in terms of power, especially for a board of this price.

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