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Weekend Open Forum: Do you overclock?

By Julio Franco · 96 replies
Sep 18, 2010
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  1. Johny47

    Johny47 TS Rookie Posts: 157

    I only overclock my CPU(since I built my first budget gaming PC about two years ago) I've had Black Edition CPU's so I usually just 'up' the multiplier, not sure if it does a big difference but in CPU intense games I see a little bit better performance.

    I had a Athlon X2 7750(stock at 2.7Ghz) overclocked to 3.3Ghz and now I have a Phenom II X4 955(stock 3.2Ghz) overclocked to 3.6Ghz. It's cooled very well by a Corsair H50.

    I overclock video cards aswell but not much like 'enthusiasts'. I have a EVGA GTX 470 right now and it's oveerclocked a bit, the temperatures are good overall at 70% fan speed(I can only just hear this over all my case fans) =/
  2. ruzveh

    ruzveh Banned Posts: 123

    I dont overclock and i will ever overclock.. Prefer to run stuffs at clock speed. It increase my time span for computers
  3. Cueto_99

    Cueto_99 TS Booster Posts: 248   +12

    I'm running my Phenom II X4 955 @3.5GHz with 1.4125v... I got it all covered with a Xigmatek Dark Knight Cooler, though it reaches 38°c at idle and max 60°c at load, Its because the ambient temperature is about 30°c. I I wouldn't overclock if it wasn't because it is a black edition cpu and because i can really feel those 300mhz+ in the overall system responsiveness...
  4. pretzelwagon

    pretzelwagon TS Member Posts: 22

    I started overclocking back on an old eMachines with a 733MHz Celeron, that with cooling that sounded like a B52 engine, could be receive a considerable speed increase.

    More recently, I overclocked my QX6700 to 3.15 from 2.66 (GHz of course), while running a Tuniq Tower. I currently have an i7 930 running at 4.1GHz (46.4% increase over stock) and with an H5O cooling and it idles a little high but I rarely see a temp over 60-65C. I may be picking up a megahelem soon to get even lower temps.
  5. TitoBXNY

    TitoBXNY TS Addict Posts: 235   +50

    Yes I do, My trusty old Q6600 2.4Ghz was doing 3.5Ghz on a Zalman CNPS9700 LED. I recently toned it down to 3.3Ghz because I was getting random reboots on ME2. I later found out it was an ATI driver issue. Will keep it at 3.3Ghz for now.
  6. Tha General

    Tha General TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,106

    Oc is lame and a waste of time, if you better performance, buy a new card and a new cpu.
  7. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    yes...I agree, and don't ever press your accelerator pedal down more than half way...just buy a new car.
  8. I started my overclocking journey from the era of Pentium 133. The peak of my oc experience was to overclock a Athlon to over 2GHz, up from it's 1.2GHz factory frequency. This ranked my highest overclocking record in the world to No.7 in 2001-2002. I also assisted my brother to win the first Gigabyte OC Competition by overclocking a ES Pentium III-S from 1.2GHz to over 2GHz, too. Hmm.. It's been a while.
  9. Tha General

    Tha General TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,106

    I say its lame because what you guys get a 5% or 15 % boost in performance, not to mention along the way damage to your gpu. I have a Intel Celeron e3300 2.5ghz w/9800gt all stock and i can run any game pretty much 50+ frames all the time or at least 30-60 which is all you need. Not sure what is the point of oc when if you get 50-60 frames all the time in a game, what is it going to matter to get 61 lol.
    I just think its pointless. Now if the factory oc, thats all good and well, but i don't see the point in oc anymore.

    And i am using a Celeron e3300 to game, and games run perfectly just fine. Nfs shift for example, 1280x1024 all max out with full aax8, i get 35-47fps, feels smooth, no issues.
  10. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    well getting more than 5-15%, as far as the 'damage' General, CPU's and GPU's are a lot like cars in this way. If you drive a car 10K miles a year, it will last you 20years if you drive it 20K a year, it will last you 10 Years. if you keep the temperatures in check, and are responsible with voltage, The chip will last well beyond your need for it. so will you be using the same CPU in 8-20 years? for the vast majority of users, they will not. The average CPU will last 12-20 years under normal use. and with the graphic demands of games now, a 10-15% boost can be the difference between playability and not. If you follow a few basic rules while OC'ing, it is safe. I realize that is a relative term, but you get my drift.particularly with all the safeguards built in today. It actually hard to blow one up these days unless you are doing something really stupid or trying to. If its not your cup of tea, cool. But it is a fallacy that folks are out their blowing up their CPU's from OC'ing responsibly.
  11. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 926   +31

    i overclock, lightly, but only for GPU. overclocking CPU and RAM are a bit complicated so I skipped that. Many times it really helped, the extra fps from the OC bring the game into smoother gameplay.
  12. tvih

    tvih TS Rookie

    I normally don't overclock, or even test overclocks. In the past, I basically used stock heatsinks, or equally crappy ones if the stock one broke. Not only that, but I was afraid of breaking something in general - something I couldn't afford.

    The first machine with a "proper" CPU heatsink was a Q6600 rig I bought 2,5 years ago. But I didn't overclock it, because the case I had was bad for airflow - unlike advertised - so temps were overly high as it was.

    Then I had an ITX system for only a month a year ago, with an E5200. I tested overclocking it to 3,6GHz, which worked fine, with both stock and aftermarket heatsinks. Really easy. But as said, I only kept it for a month.

    Then I got my current micro-ATX setup, with an i5 750. But only tried overclocking it last week. Got somewhat nice results, but as I don't need the extra speed yet and the extra temps aren't so nice, I returned it to stock. I did buy a factory-overclocked (shouldn't have) GTX 460 that I tested with further overlocks, but as it is it's running at those factory-overclocked speeds. First time ever that I installed an aftermarket GPU cooler, too.

    But when my system starts to fall behind the speed curve needed for smooth gameplay and such, this time instead of upgrading right away I'll overclock it to boost longevity. Which, for me, is the primary use for overclocking.
  13. i7 930 @ 4.5Ghz // Heatkiller v3.0 // Thermochill PA120.3 w/3 Skythe Ultra Kaze 2000 RPM Fans // MCP655
  14. My first overclock was about 2 years ago on Q6600 which was running on Gigabyte P35-some-thing motherboard...

    Currently I have Q9650 @4.194 GHz running on Gigabyte P45-UD3P with 8GB RAM.

    In both cases I use IFX-14 with 2 x Akasa Apache fans...

    all overclocks are 24/7... :)

    on the GPU front, I did some small overclock on my old GeForce 8800 GTS 512, but none on my current GTX280, though I'm using Arctic Accelero Extreme cooler and I'm pretty sure that I can overclock nicely while keeping it cool & quiet ;)
  15. LightHeart

    LightHeart TS Rookie Posts: 155

    No, I find that my computer runs fast enough at stock speeds. Of course it's a custom build with good quality componets.
  16. You should push it a little farther, I got my 1090t to 4.00 GHZ in about 10 minutes on a cheap board, I'm sure the 1055's FSB is just as rugged.
  17. isamuelson

    isamuelson TS Booster Posts: 100

    I'm currently running my AMD Phenom II X3 720BE as a quad-core. It's original speed was 2.8 ghz. I've overclocked it by increasing the multiplier to x18 and upping my vcore to 1.5 which has made my Phenom a 3.6 quad core CPU.

    And I'm doing this all with air cooling using the Cooler Master Hyper 212+ heat sink and fan.
  18. Overclocking is like turning your pc into a hot rod. Remeber when you could do things like upgrade the camshaft, put on a set of headers and maybe a new card to get your 351 Windsor to scream? It's the same thing.
  19. i overclock!!! i modifyied my acer laptop, running an intel i7-620M (2.66Ghz) to run at 3.2ghz, and after turbo boost, (3.33ghz) to 4.2Ghz. a bit crazy to do but hey so far it works well. dont think i can ever get a warrenty coverage no more, but man who cares??? haha.
  20. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 839   +29

    I have my main desktop OC. Its running an C2D E8400, standardly at 3ghz, have it to 3.6ghz with stock cooler. Temp tops out at about 50c under load. I had my 9800GT graphics card OC a bit (like 10%), but that thing runs hot with stock clocking, and runs really hot with a bit of OC, so I decide to set it back to the standard clock.
  21. Napigator

    Napigator TS Rookie

    I like to overclock E8400 cpu's on Gigabyte boards. Have had good results. I recommend using a good aftermarket cooler. I like Artec Cooling heatsinks.
  22. malakaayo

    malakaayo TS Rookie Posts: 17

    no, never done any overclocking yet,,,though my first pentium 166 mhz computer was overclocked by a computer tech...

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