10900k MSI Unify Overclocking Guide

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I am in the process of upgrading from a 4790k that I had at 4.7ghz on a Asus Maximus VII Ranger. I have ordered a 10900k and a z490 MSI Unify. Does anyone know if there is an overclocking guide for this combination or some settings to help me get started? I will be cooling it with a D15. I am not looking for anything too high (50 to 51 multiplier would be great) and it will only be used for gaming. I have not been able to find videos or articles with this combination online.
 

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Rules for overclocking are exactly the same, they never really change. Any 2015 or newer guide for Intel platform will be good enough. Voltages will always be different as it's silicon lottery.
Make sure to monitor temps and voltages. CPUz, HWInfo can help with that.

Start of with checking your CPU temps on stock settings though.
 

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We have the same scenario, upgraded from 4790k which by the way is still a beast and Im now on 10900k with MSI Unify. I can safely OC my 10900k to 5.1 @ 1.34v with temps not exceeding 90c on load and stable with all benchmarks. I can push it more to 5.3 @ 1.38v but Im getting 95c max even though Im on custom loop. At 5.1 Im happy with it; 38-42c on idle (32c ambient) and 65-75c on hard gaming.
 

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I am in the process of upgrading from a 4790k that I had at 4.7ghz on a Asus Maximus VII Ranger. I have ordered a 10900k and a z490 MSI Unify. Does anyone know if there is an overclocking guide for this combination or some settings to help me get started? I will be cooling it with a D15. I am not looking for anything too high (50 to 51 multiplier would be great) and it will only be used for gaming. I have not been able to find videos or articles with this combination online.
Hi

Rules for overclocking are exactly the same, they never really change. Any 2015 or newer guide for Intel platform will be good enough. Voltages will always be different as it's silicon lottery.
Make sure to monitor temps and voltages. CPUz, HWInfo can help with that.

Start of with checking your CPU temps on stock settings though.
We have the same scenario, upgraded from 4790k which by the way is still a beast and Im now on 10900k with MSI Unify. I can safely OC my 10900k to 5.1 @ 1.34v with temps not exceeding 90c on load and stable with all benchmarks. I can push it more to 5.3 @ 1.38v but Im getting 95c max even though Im on custom loop. At 5.1 Im happy with it; 38-42c on idle (32c ambient) and 65-75c on hard gaming.
Guys, make sure that you passes Prime95 with Blend test first. Run it for at least 8h. And look after WHEA errors in HWMINFO64.

Basically set LLC to 3 or 4.
vcore you need to adjust by your self depending on the GHz.
Set CPU Ratio for example if you want 5GHz then write 50
Set Ring Ratio it should bee -3 from the CPU Ratio so in this example set 47.
Disable Intel C-State
 
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Every review you read of this CPU, they say it makes absolutely no sense to overclock it. Intel put this right at the limit from stock, with roughtly 225W under load. The turbo modes squeeze almost everything out of this CPU already.

Let me just quote a few publications.

Computerbase.de (well-respected German site, translated):
Buyers can also overclock an Intel Core i9-10900K using the multiplier - at least in theory. In practice, however, the air is thin. No wonder, since the all-core turbo is already at 4.9 GHz and consumes over 200 watts in most applications.

Enabling 5.3 GHz as an all-core multiplier for all ten cores fails. In turn, the mix of 5.0 GHz for up to ten cores and 5.3 GHz for four-core load generates 350 watts of package power (Cinebench R20) and therefore such a large amount of heat that the cooling is always at its limit, and thermal throttling occurs after longer use. Even 5.1 GHz in all-core mode seems almost impossible with air cooling and conventional all-in-one water cooling, and that's only 200 MHz above the nominal frequency - overclocking has rarely been as sobering as with Comet Lake-S.
Techpowerup.com:
My highest all-core maximum stable overclock using an air cooler was 5.1 GHz, with 1.33 V. The limiting factor here is the CPU voltage. The more voltage you feed the CPU to make the OC stable, the higher the temperature. At some point, the CPU will reach its thermal limit and start throttling, which keeps you from achieving higher frequencies.

Using a 240 mm AIO I could get 5.2 GHz stable, but with even more voltage, which causes CPU temperatures to reach over 95°C, right at the throttling point—despite watercooling. Definitely not worth it.
Overclocking is largely limited by temperature because the 10-core Intel Core i9-10900K will overpower any ambient cooling solution. Depending on settings, the system will either crash or severely drop frequency.
Hexus.net:
Overclocking - Is it worth it? Given how well the chips turbo out of the box, the answer is yes for the 10600K and arguably no for the 10900K.
Bit-tech:
The Core i9-10900K runs at an all-core 4.8GHz under load, opportunistically boosting to 4.9GHz if temperature is sufficiently low enough. That's already a high bar for 14nm silicon, so even by manually inputting 1.35V we only managed to raise the all-core speed to 5.1GHz. That tells us that most users are best advised to leave overclocking alone; it's not worth it.

And so on.

Power consumption quickly skyrockets:

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Even a custom 360 mm watercooling cannot handle this anymore, let alone the best AIO watercoolers or air coolers.
 
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robinstolp155802de

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Every review you read of this CPU, they say it makes absolutely no sense to overclock it. Intel put this right at the limit from stock, with roughtly 225W under load. The turbo modes squeeze almost everything out of this CPU already.

Let me just quote a few publications.

Computerbase.de (well-respected German site, translated):


Techpowerup.com:




Hexus.net:


Bit-tech:



And so on.

Power consumption quickly skyrockets:

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Even a custom 360 mm watercooling cannot handle this anymore, let alone the best AIO watercoolers or air coolers.
That's right and with MSI default in BIOS it also reduce the limit for Turboboost so you will always bee at 4,9GHz with it if you put it on 100% stress.
And depending on the temp etc. it can boost up to 5.1GHz and 5.3GHz
 
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