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Dancop Shows How He Benches Full Pot with Skylake (Pro-tip: Lots of Thermal Paste)

The German overclocker going by the nickname Dancop is the current leader of both the HWBOT Overclockers League and the OC-ESPORTS Official World Overclocking Ranking Season 2016. He thanks his top spot to the countless hours of pre-testing and tuning on air cooling, as well as a thorough methodology of extreme cooling and of course top notch hardware. In a post on the forum, Dancop explains how he benches "full pot" with Skylake CPUs.

One of the key tricks in achieving good "full pot" sessions is using sufficient thermal paste. That's right! No more carefully filling the micro-gaps of the CPU die, but basically using thermal paste on top of and around the die. The vast amount of paste ensures that the contact between the CPU die and the IHS (which has been removed) is good. This prevents the CPU from "cracking" under cold - this is a situation where the contact between the CPU die and the IHS is broken.

Check out the thread on the forums here. There is a lot of useful information, so definitely a recommended read!


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Default Re: HOW TO bench full pot on Asus Maximus VIII series

I had an interesting experience with a 6700K recently.

Firstly, CB at -140'c unless I drop the temperature while Heaven is running, then I can pull it down to just above -172'c and keep it there forever. If I crash, CBB is at -135'c so I'd have to warm up to that. After that, CB is back at -140'c unless I pull down further while Heaven is running. Odd.

Anyway, the next interesting part is that I had another session with the chip (fresh thermal paste using the method outlined in the OP - maybe more in fact) and this time I used a VCCIO of 1.415v instead of 1.350v. I was in a major rush and not watching temperatures and ended up with a full pot - Absolutely NO CB or CBB. I could even unplug the PSU and drain the caps, plug back in and boot with a still-full pot. I even video'd it booting with a full pot.

I've since checked and the mount was good. Interesting but odd. Pity that even with a full pot the chip is only good for a bit under 6 GHz :/
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I am not sure if there is any cpu with no CBB at all,most likely you had a little crack causing you the lower clocks and also no CBB behaviour.Even with 0 temps in realtemp,for example my best cpu that could do 6750+ 32M with a proper mounting and no crack, had this half-crack phenomen sometimes causing it to do around 6300-6400 .
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Clock speeds were no worse, at -130'c I could bench a hair below 6 GHz as usual. 60x multi does not work for me even with a lower Bclk, it's a pretty garbage chip with a VID of almost 1.3v. Heck, at -60'c and 1.700v I can suicide 102x59 but even at -130'c with a known good mount and 1.885v I can't suicide 60x anything or 103x59.
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Great reading, very useful for newcomers who are starting to do some LN2 sessions (like me).

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I had to read the manual well before I used ln2 , i hope it is halp me next time

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