Quote: Originally Posted by KazeNoKoe23
Remember about 8 years ago when OC'ing a processor by 100 MHz was a big deal and actually made a big difference in performance? Admittedly, I haven't really overclocked a processor since then, so is there any real world benefit in doing so with the quad core/hexacore processors of today?
There has always been a "real world benefit" and it remains so.
Whether the benefit is worth the trouble is another question entirely.
8 years ago, the average user had lots of tasks that were limited by available CPU power. Even virus scans and defragmentation took a relatively long time.
But since that time, CPU power from the average non-overclocked system has increased to the point that fewer tasks are intolerably slow. Hardware gains have outpaced software.
It's up to you to decide if your particular tasks are "too slow" on your PC.
I think most people that overclock continue to do so as a hobby, irrespective of any cost/benefit analysis.