[Lab501] Overclocking study – Intel Core i7 4790K & Intel Pentium G3258 – air, water, phase-change, DICE & LN2

Lab501 once again took hardware to the extreme and reported on e-very-thing you need to know about the Core i7 4790K and Pentium G3258. Enjoy the 28-page read!

Full article: here.

"... Goooood morning LAB501 !!! Finally, the article you have all been waiting for is here ! Heck, to be honest, this is also the article we were also waiting for. Even since the dawn of LAB501, we always wanted to do a complete overclocking study, using most of the cooling methods out there. And we never did a full study, because we are very thorough in our work, and each time we would start we would give too much attention to one of the cooling methods and in the end we could not treat all cooling methods properly. Just imagine that one of Ramiro’s air cooling reviews had 96 pages, and you will understand what I am talking about."

"... Other than that I think we pretty much covered the whole array of cooling methods from air to LN2 and you also got to see how Core i7 4790K and Pentium G3258 react and scale with different cooling solutions. As you can see, the frequency reached with both CPU’s are pretty similar if we talk about single-threaded applications or validations. When we talk about full stability using all available cores then things change drastically because Core i7 4790K is limited by the heat. The little Pentium G3258 doesn’t have this problem because it has only 2 cores to begin with and only 3MB of cache.

Note that our samples are random, not hand picked… this means that your experience at home can be completely different. As a side note I can say that the G3258 we have is an above average sample, while the 4790K is just mediocre at best. Anyway, the Pentium G3258 is very fun to play with judging by its excellent overclock potential and also the very friendly price tag of only 72$. Also, the Core i7 4790K comes at the same price with the 4770K but with better TIM and with a healthy 500MHz frequency boost, which is quite a lot for home users. ..."


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