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R5 1600 Overclocking W/Stock cooler and or LC Upgrade

justin4pack

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I recently picked up a Ryzen 5 1600 and i am enjoying the boost in fps over my i5-6500. I am looking at overclocking in the near future and am wondering what the outlook has been for this CPU. I have been using intel for the last 8 years so have not kept up on AMD as of recent. What would be the highest OC i could possibly get with the stock cooler and if i was to pick up a nice dual 120 AIO liquid cooler like the Fractal Design Cooler FD-WCU-CELSIUS-S24.

I did some searching but couldn't really find a good thread with multiple results.
 

whm1974

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The last I've read is that you can get decent overclocks with the stock HSF.
 
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I've got both: R5 1600 on stock air-cooler, as well as on 120mm AIO water.

Both overclock fairly well. I had both of them at 3800Mhz. The air-cooled one, I dropped down to 3700Mhz, because of temps, while mining on an RX 470 4GB XFX card, at the same time, in a Rosewill Line-M case. The problem is, the PCs are in a cubby, and they get pretty warm, due to restrictions on case air-flow flow-through.

And the Line-M does have pretty decent flow-through. It has a 120mm LED front fan intake, and a 120mm rear fan exhaust, with a fairly straight-through air path.

Edit: I think that I had the one on water, at 3900Mhz for a while, initially, but dropped it down to 3800Mhz, due to temps as well, during extended mining sessions. (That PC is also in a cubby.)

Either way, 3700-3800Mhz is pretty speedy. (I think stock is 3400Mhz all-core.)
 

justin4pack

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So while messing around I read about Ryzen Master Utility. Using it I was able to run at 3800 with the stock HS and getting temps around 72 playing BFV for around 2 hours. That was around ~80% usage. I OC'd my memory to 2800. No issues so far.
 
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I've also used both, currently using 240mm AIO. Honetly I feel like it isnt temps that holds the R1600 back, but rather the inherent limit. I still run mine around 3750 despite it staying very cool. I'd focus on faster ram or some other upgrade if you are trying to squeeze more performance out of your rig.
 

scannall

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I've also used both, currently using 240mm AIO. Honetly I feel like it isnt temps that holds the R1600 back, but rather the inherent limit. I still run mine around 3750 despite it staying very cool. I'd focus on faster ram or some other upgrade if you are trying to squeeze more performance out of your rig.
I'd tend to agree. It's more of a process limit than anything. Once it hits the wall, any clockspeed gains are going to come at great cost in terms of voltage and heat.

It's a very nice chip regardless of what you can squeeze out of it. And the 7nm Zen in 4-6 months is something to look forward to.
 
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I'd tend to agree. It's more of a process limit than anything. Once it hits the wall, any clockspeed gains are going to come at great cost in terms of voltage and heat.

It's a very nice chip regardless of what you can squeeze out of it. And the 7nm Zen in 4-6 months is something to look forward to.
Exactly. Planning on an 8 core 7nm Zen upgrade myself. Want a 2700x but can't justify so near the next release.
 

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