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Weekend Open Forum: Do you overclock?

By Julio Franco
Sep 18, 2010
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  1. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,052   +84 Staff Member

    I used to squeeze what I could out of the CPU, RAM and GPU but today's stock mainstream/performance hardware seems to cope with everything just fine. Overclocking in my case would be overkill.
  2. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,073   +75

    I unlocked the 4th core and overclocked my Athlon II x3 440 from a stock 3.0GHz to a respectable 3.66 GHz. More than enough for my HTPC. In my gaming rig, I roll a Phenom II X6 1090T Black, and have found absolutely no reason to overclock it. With 8gb of DDR3 and dual Evga GTX 460 1gb SC EE in sli, the 1090T can handle anything that is thrown at it.
  3. mGuy

    mGuy Newcomer, in training

    My first self built system, my current system, was built with a plan to overclock. Built in 3/2007. Is running stable at 3+ years.

    CPU Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe 2.13GHz overclocked to 2.66GHz
    MB GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 FSB overclocked from 266MHz to 333MHz
    RAM DDR from overclocked from 400MHz to 415MHz

    I had hoped to get the E6400 to 3GHz but could not run stable.

    Video cards I've overclocked for a while. Usually just run the stand card at the overclocked rate that the premium cards run at.

    NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT from 600/1800 MHz to 675/1950 MHz
  4. lipe123

    lipe123 TechSpot Guru Posts: 423   +75

    I recently bought a watercooler for my cpu and figured I might as well OC a little. I just used the asus builtin software to dynamically OC the chip when needed.
    Must say I'm impressed with how easy and reliable it works and of course the best part is that when the cpu is idle it will go down to 1.something ghz and when needed jumps to 3.2ghz instantly :)
    Core i5 750 btw.

    Never tried OC'ing vid cards because they all tend to run so hot at stock speeds I'm to scared of frying the card. Currently have a gtx 285 and its like a oven when playing games, not to mention at stock its pretty much fast enough.
  5. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 903

    I run my Phenom II X3 at 2.86 GHz, up from 2.6, which is as high as I can get it at stock voltage. My video card is also overclocked to 750 core and 475 mem, up from 725 and 400 respectively, which equates to a 10-20% performance increase in most games.
  6. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,889   +85

    Oh you cant be serious Wendig0, then why did you get a black edition processor? ....:p:wave:

    I OC for customers mostly because I build machines for the "I want to play Crysis, but only have $600.00" crowd.
    otherwise its somewhat of a sport when it comes to my personal machines, and I OC everything. I replaced the resistors in my daughters Hello Kitty toaster the other day...it will now burn a cats face through the bread in 3.47 seconds.....true story.:rolleyes:
  7. tractorphil

    tractorphil TechSpot Member Posts: 62

    Yes I do overclock. Got my AMD x4 955 to 4ghz stable with voltage set to 1.5v and it runs stable but for the most part I leave it at stock speeds for normal use.
  8. tonylukac

    tonylukac TechSpot Maniac Posts: 848   +20

    I don't overclock my home built rig. The IBM 370/158 mainframe I owned years ago was not water cooled (the next model up--the 168--was), so why should this be? This rig is at least 10 times more powerful, and has 800 times more memory.
  9. goxon

    goxon Newcomer, in training

    i not overclock, but underclock:)
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,591   +864

    Well, you asked for it. "Pressler" isn't a P-4, but rather a "Pentium D" dual core. They did have a "940" I think.
  11. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    My i7 920 D0 goes up to 4.3 ghz :) but I run it at 3.6 for normal use.
     
  12. Edison

    Edison Newcomer, in training

    I'm running a 980x overclocked to 4.2GhZ using a Cool-It Systems Freezone Elite. I'm looking to go with dual 500 Watt TECs which chill the core to 0 Celsius and should be able to squeeze 5GhZ out the processor.
  13. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,073   +75

    :p I know it can easily take it, though I'm going to wait till I can afford to put liquid on it. I could probably oc it to 3.8 or 3.9 on air, but I want some bigger numbers.
  14. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,889   +85


    yep, The vast majority of the X6's will hit 4.0Ghz with only a minor voltage bump on air.mine will run 4Ghz @ 1.375. let me know what you are thinking of going with for WC system. I am shopping WC components as we speak.
  15. oz1819

    oz1819 Newcomer, in training

    Yes i overclock conservatively, i have a AMD Athlon II X2 240 & a Asus M4A78-Plus mobo. I use stock cooling and very cheap DDR2 ram. With RAM timmings of 5-5-5-15 i can overclock to 3Ghz from 2.7Ghz. With less aggressive timmings i can hit 3.2Ghz. But, i usually leave all Bios settings on auto.
  16. HaMsTeYr

    HaMsTeYr TechSpot Maniac Posts: 387

    Core i5 760 to 4.0Ghz using a Thermaltake Frio.
  17. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 2,278

    I prefer to overclock the processor, but I'm not one to push my graphics cards.
  18. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,073   +75

    Check your PM's amigo. I sent you a little grocery list :)
  19. Superpeter

    Superpeter TechSpot Member Posts: 49

    I overclocked my first and present build PhenomIIx2 550 3.1Ghz to 3.8. Also unlocked 1 more core very stable for a year steady now. Cool n' Quiet is enabled so it down clocks to 800Ghz when in low use and anywhere in between otherwise.Topped with a Noctua NH-D14 temps idle@32c. Load 45c. I also overclock My XFX 5850 Black Edition from stock765/1125 to 912/1212. It Idles@ 35c. Load with games is 52c and@Load with Furmark v1.8.2 it's 74c. Cooling that with a Prolimatech MK-13 w/Skythe "Ultra Kaze" fans on the Gpu and a Thermaltake VrM-R4 on the voltage regulators.
  20. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,591   +864

    Was es los "Uber Kloking"....?
  21. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    My OCing experience started with my present CPU, the AMD Phenom II X3 720 BE. red1776 was kind enough to guide me in getting the CPU speed to 3.6GHz over the stock 2.8 (@ 1.525V). I'm on air cooling using an OCZ Vendetta II.
  22. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,575   +47

    Wish i could overclock..I'am locked out :(
  23. g4mer

    g4mer TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 340

    I'm running overclocked Venice from 1.81GHz to 2.30GHz (30%).
  24. Chazz

    Chazz TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 632   +60

    Currently, I only overclock my outdated PC. It's a intel E2200 2.4GHZ running at 3.4 GHZ on stock cooler. And my ATI 5770 is at 1000(core)/1300(memory)mhz from 800/1200mhz.

    The next PC I get will be purchased specifically for overclocking fun. I'm not sure if it'll be sandy bridge or bulldozer yet...but it will be one of the new archs. I'll be using a water cooling solution for the first time also. I expect this PC to be a very fun build.
  25. ghostchili

    ghostchili Newcomer, in training

    Thinking about upgrading to a sandy bridge i5 and overclocking that. Currently i'm running a q6600 from 2.4 stock to 3.2, could go higher but it's extremely stable. I feel that buying an overclockable proccessor and leaving it at stock settings is like buying a corvette and driving it with the valet key. Keep in mind the stock settings are very conservative so the companies dont have to deal with school and office computers burning out after a year or 2.


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