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Old April 14, 2008, 09:05 AM
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Lightbulb Hi all, I'm new here, nice to find a Canuck site

Well, I have to start somewhere so here goes

Has anyone ever heard of these so called "Golden Chips"??
I'm considering purchasing a QX9650 that is "certified to hit 5.3 - 5.8GHz"

I have just built my system and am somewhat new to OC'ing (it's been a few years) but I have my Q6700 running smoothly @ 3.5GHz with temps around 28-30c idle and 48-52 at full load and I'm quite happy with it BUT...5.3Ghz sure sounds SWEEET to me

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated
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Old April 14, 2008, 09:18 AM
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If you buy it, it will still be a "Golden Chip" if you have bought all the components that were used to reach that speed. You may not be able to reach that same speed with another combination of components.

But you sure can try...

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Old April 14, 2008, 09:24 AM
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Welcome aboard Kruzn4evr. I'm far newer to OCing than you, so it's not surprising that I've never heard of a "Golden Chip". If you google it though, you'll find over 18,000 of the best fish & chip and french fry restaurants in the world.

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Old April 14, 2008, 09:43 AM
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I have a problem with people certifying their chips to hit certain clock speeds. These clocks are highly dependant on the other components you are using as well such as you motherboard, cooling and memory.
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Old April 14, 2008, 09:44 AM
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Welcome and please avoid using a colored font for reponses its very annoying.
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Old April 14, 2008, 09:46 AM
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Welcome to Hardware Canucks.

I've never bought a "golden chip" but I paid awfully close to retail for my quad when I bought it used based on its proven overclocking abilities.

I personally wouldn't pay over current retail for a "golden chip" but I suppose some out there might just for bragging rights. (In hindsight as a hardware weenie, I wish I had purchased a new quad so that I was the person finding the upper limits......)
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Old April 14, 2008, 09:47 AM
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Don't expect to reach those speeds with anything less than phase change ...
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Old April 14, 2008, 09:54 AM
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hiya Kruzn,

Isn't 5.8 with phase change cooling? Do you have a sub zero rig? I checked out the "Golden Chips" on eBay, The guys I found also offer a full rig overclocked to 4.6Ghz with Koolance setup, that's probably where all the chips go that didn't make the golden spec. It's probably on the level but like I said you need extreme cooling to get there. I think I'll tackle WC first :)
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Old April 14, 2008, 10:00 AM
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hiya Kruzn,

Isn't 5.8 with phase change cooling? Do you have a sub zero rig? I checked out the "Golden Chips" on eBay, The guys I found also offer a full rig overclocked to 4.6Ghz with Koolance setup, that's probably where all the chips go that didn't make the golden spec. It's probably on the level but like I said you need extreme cooling to get there. I think I'll tackle WC first :)
Bingo.

Water cooling or air cooling will never yield a speed that high.
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Old April 14, 2008, 10:02 AM
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Welcome kruzn4evr. :)

The speeds you speak of are only achieved by very experienced ocers with LN2. In order for you to match the speeds posted you will need the same and it will be only for short benching sessions. If you are new to OCing, progression in cooling is as follows (in order of temp):

1) Stock
2) Aftermarket air
3) H20
4) Chilled H20
5) Phase
6) Dry Ice
7) Cascade
8) LN2
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