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    ROG Member Array parmi PC Specs
    parmi PC Specs
    MotherboardROG Maximus IX Extreme
    ProcessorIntel i7-7700k @ 4.2GHz - 4.5GHz [Delidded]
    Memory (part number)F4-3600C16Q-32GTZR
    Graphics Card #1Gigabyte - GTX 1080 Ti Waterforce WB Xtreme Edition 11G
    MonitorAsus - ROG SWIFT PG279Q
    Storage #1Samsung - 950 PRO, SSD M.2 NVMe - 512 GB
    CPU CoolerCustom Liquid Cooling Loop
    CasePhanteks - ENTHOO ELITE
    Power SupplySeasonic - PRIME 850 W Titanium
    Keyboard Corsair K70 RGB TKL
    Mouse Logitech - G502 PROTEUS SPECTRUM
    Headset Asus - STRIX 7.1
    OS Windows 10 Pro
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    Join Date
    Oct 2022

    Asus Maximus Extreme IX liquid metal


    • CPU: i7-7700k @ 4.20 GHz (Turbo boost: 4.5GHz) [delidded]
    • Mobo: Asus Maximus IX Extreme
    • GPU: Gigabyte - GTX 1080 Ti Waterforce WB Xtreme Edition 11G
    • RAM: 32GB - G.Skill - Trident Z RGB - DDR4 3600Mhz - 32GB (8GBx4) - 16-16-16-36
    • PSU: Seasonic - PRIME 850 W Titanium
    • Custom Cooling system:
    • Radiator: x2 radiator (520x30x60mm)
    • Radiator FAN: x8 Noctua (120x120x15mm)
    • Pump: EK-XRES 140 Revo D5

    I built my PC 5 years ago (specs in my profile), never changed neither thermal paste nor cooling liquid since then, temperatures rarely exceeded 50C (while gaming).
    Now I feel the need to overclock my system, to improve performance in some games (specifically Valorant, which is particularly demanding with the CPU).

    I did some tests at 5.0GHz and this is the best overclocking setup I have found so far:

    • CPU ratio: x50
    • Cache ratio: x42
    • Vcore in BIOS: 1.415V
    • Vcore mode: Manual
    • XMP profile: Disabled
    • iGPU: Disabled
    • LLC: 5
    • AVX offset: x0
    • Vcore under stress (measured*): 1.411 V

    *FLUKE 179 multimeter using the average function and measuring for 1 minute

    With this configuration after 17 hours of stress test with Prime95 (Blend mode) I got an error (Rounding was 0.5, expected less than 0.4) on core 1.
    Now I'm running another Prime95 session with the Vcore at 1.420v

    Once I find the stable vcore, I would like to switch to adaptive mode (and playing with the offset) to reduce CPU stress and increase CPU life expectancy.

    What do you think? is it a good idea to use adaptive mode instead of manual mode?

    In any case after 5 years I think it is time to change the thermal paste, coolant and thermal pads (although the temperatures are still good).
    I would like to use liquid metal instead of thermal paste for the CPU, but I cannot find information on the material of which the Maximum Extreme IX (bitspower) monoblock is made, I think it is nickel-plated copper, but I could not find official information about it.

    Can someone please tell me what material is it made of?

    Also where can I find the dimensions for the thermal pads (thickness, length and width)?

    Any suggestions are appreciated!

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