Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 OC: AIR vs Phase vs LN2 Cooling

Overclocking/Overclocking Tests by Blind @ 2008-05-20

The Intel E8500 is the highest end dual core CPU currently on the market, it doesn´t get any faster than this… or does it? In this Overclocking report we take a retail E8500 sample for a spin with high end air cooling, than mount a modified phase change cooling on it, and to finish it off pour a few liters of LN2 over it. How high can it fly? How fast does it get? Find out now.

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Introduction and test setup


Madshrimps (c)

About a month and a half ago, Intel released its newest high-end dual core processor, the E8500 Wolfdale. Madshrimps already reviewed and overclocked the E8500, but that was only an engineering sample. The new retail chips might be better when it comes to overclocking and that's exactly what we're going to find out!

Madshrimps (c)

Test setup and methodology

Blind's Intel E8500 Test Setup

Madshrimps (c)
  • Intel Core2Duo E8500 - 3167MHz
  • Intel Core2Duo E8500 OC air - 4400MHz
  • Intel Core2Duo E8500 OC cascade - around 5200MHz
  • Intel Core2Duo E8500 OC ln² - around 5300MHz
  • Cooling
  • Scythe Mugen + Thermaltake 1200rpm fan
  • Custom 2stage Cascade (-100°C)
  • K|ngp|n's Dragon F1 EE
  • Mainboard Abit IP35 Pro (vdroop modified)
    Memory 2 * 1GB OCZ Reaper PC9200
  • XFX 9800GTX
  • OCZ Proxstream 1KW
  • Mactor 320GB HDD
  • Windows XP SP3

  • The benchmarks we chose to run were those of the HWBot benchmark suite to help our Overclocking Team with more point and higher ranking!

  • Cpu-z
  • PiFast
  • Superpi 1M
  • Superpi 32M
  • Wprime 32M
  • Wprime 1024M

  • 3DMark06 CPU test
  • Cinebench R10

    Voltage selection

    Underneath, you find the voltage settings that worked best for Blind's setup when talking the maximum possible overclock. To tune your system further, you might want to play with the GTL+ voltage settings; for 45nm CPUs, it's important to find the ideal spots.

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    Let's check out the results ->
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