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Overclocking and resetting to stock frequently

By bangs777
Feb 11, 2015
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  1. So I recently started to overclock to boost performance out of my old cpu,core i3-530..I could manage 3.6 ghz at stock volt..with more volts, I have clocked till 4.07 ghz..I don't see any point crossing that barrier.Here's my concern..Is it safe to overclocked(say 3.6ghz) and then reset it back to default/stock frequently or rather set to a certain speed and keep it as it is..I am concern with longevity of processor and power consumption since I couldn't set the bios to increase or decrease the clock hertz as windows does at its default..
     
  2. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 494   +126

    What voltage did you use to get to 4ghz? If we know that we can kinda say if its a safe day to day OC voltage. If your planning on running your system Overclocked all the time I have always kept speedstep/cool and quiet enabled to allow the cpu to down clock when idle to save on power and I have gotten 3+ years out of every chip I have overclocked while doing that.
     
  3. bangs777

    bangs777 TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 32

    I use 3.25 volts to go till 4ghz..well is that safe? since I fixed the cpu ratio manually in bios, maybe that's why I couldn't let windows decrease clock speed at idle..I will check into speedstep/cool and quiet option..thanks..
     
  4. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 494   +126

    well the 3.25 volts is not your cpu voltage, if your processor is still alive at 3.25 volts then that is a miracle. On Intel you would be using speedstep, cool and quiet is for AMD cpus.
     
  5. bangs777

    bangs777 TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 32

    Damn.. I wrote it wrongly..1.325 volts..ha ha ha..will update bios to get an option not available with my current option called intel speedstep tech
     
  6. bangs777

    bangs777 TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 32

    Apparently,it is in my bios. Intel speedstep tech gets disabled when cpu ratio is set to manual..with cpu ratio and voltage set to auto I could manage 3.74ghz...It gives me a peace of mind knowing that the cpu is not overclocking full time..
     

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