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Old 2012-09-30, 10:16
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i7-3770

Hi, for running Reason, what are the advantages of using an i7-3770K overclocked against using a standard i7-3770?
I'm undecided which one to buy.
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Old 2012-09-30, 10:25
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The differenece is that you can overcklock the K version but not the normal 3770 which is locked to a certain clock speed.
Overcklocking = more performance.
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Old 2012-09-30, 10:29
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I don't know too much about the procedure, but I'm under the impression it is possible to OC the regular 3770, but it's more difficult and less flexible than the k variant. Ivybridge heats up pretty quick when OC'd, but you definitely can get a bit more juice for reason with even a mild OC.
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Old 2012-09-30, 10:39
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I bought a new 5i 3570 clocked at 3.4ghz, non of the demosongs gives me more then 13% cpu load at 128 samples buffer. Pretty good.
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Old 2012-09-30, 11:31
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For running reason I doubt you would need to overclock an i7-3770.

I run an i7-2600k and it doesn't need to be overclocked to run reason. There used to be a thread somewhere with a test song that stressed your system. Most users if not all with i7's could play through the song without the cpu even noticing anything was going on.

Maybe giving yourself the option to overclock will future proof you, but if all you are using it for is reason I can really see you needing to ever overclock.
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Old 2012-09-30, 14:39
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overclocking is simply turning up the frequency rate of the CPU either by increasing the CPU multiplier, or the ram, or both. The K just means the CPU clock multiplier is unlocked and can be raised above its factory setting, the regular processor can only go as high as its factory setting, but you can lower it if needed to work the overclock in an alternative way. The other thing is if you need to start messing with voltages and ram timings and all the little nuances that make a stable overclock it can get tricky and you can destabilize and damage you computer. If you just want to boost up 2-300 MHz not much of a problem, other then its good to have a hi end cooling product on the CPU and good case ventilation. I don't see any reason to need an overclock for reason, but if done right it can't hurt either. If you are new to overclocking i suggest checking out overclockers cafe and other gaming/ high performance pc sites for beginners how to's and in depth explanations.
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Old 2012-10-01, 02:53
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For running reason I doubt you would need to overclock an i7-3770.

I run an i7-2600k and it doesn't need to be overclocked to run reason. There used to be a thread somewhere with a test song that stressed your system. Most users if not all with i7's could play through the song without the cpu even noticing anything was going on.

Maybe giving yourself the option to overclock will future proof you, but if all you are using it for is reason I can really see you needing to ever overclock.
Well, that of course depends on how beefy your song projects are and whether or not you use many Rack Extensions that are notorious CPU/DSP hogs (Predator RE, TSAR-1, etc). I've got a i7-3770k overclocked to 4.2 Ghz on air cooling and I can easily bring it to its knees.

To the OP: the price difference between the 3770 and the 3770k is not that much. I'd go for the 3770k so you at least have the option of overclocking. With the right motherboard (Asus Sabertooth Z77 FTW!) it's practically automated and painless. Just spring for an aftermarket HSF - the stock Intel HSF is tiny and garbage, IMHO.
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Old 2012-10-01, 14:01
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there is also i7 3770QM !
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