Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck
If you do overclock you CPU, is it really that noticeable that you can tell a difference? Is the main reason to do it, just to be fiddling around? Kind of like the kid down the street that makes his car idle rough.
Overclockers do it because they like to tinker. They like to think they are getting something for nothing---getting the same performance from an overclocked $150 CPU that they would get from a non-overclocked $300 CPU.
A lot of it is in the bragging realm--look at my stuff compared to your stuff. It's a contest of sorts. Why did you pay $300 for that CPU when I can get my $150 CPU to do the same thing, etc.
The money supposedly saved is most often a minor consideration. Overclockers spend more on gear in general and fans/cooling in particular than the average non-overclocker.
The real world impact is minimal in most user profiles. And you don't hear of corporations doing it for obvious reasons. It's a hobby.
Like your hot rodder who has put hundreds of dollars and hours into a modified 283 Chevy. He will likely get destroyed in a drag race by a stock 426 Hemi, but that's not going to discourage him.