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Windows 7: How much of an overclock is safe on this?


10 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1
 
 
How much of an overclock is safe on this?

Yo folks,

I'm just wondering about this CPU: http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=40478 and its overclocking capabillities since I'll be buying it tomorrow. A quick question: How much of an overclock (In terms of MHz/GHz ) can I eek out of it using it's stock fan/heatsink?

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10 Dec 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

MY5T,
I'm no OC expert but reading here long enough to know that there are so many variables and each chip has a life of it's own. My AMD black chip has told me it likes only 3-7 percent and though I tried pushing it to 15 percent it didn't like it. I'm now back to stock as most have mentioned the gains are minimal to fathom at best and when you factor in the shorter life and or risk of cooking the chip it's not worth it. Like investing in the stock market only invest what you can afford to loose !
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10 Dec 2010   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Most CPUs and GPUs can be overclocked given the right supporting hardware and care, some by quite a considerable amount. It should be pointed out, however, that not all can be overclocked to the same extent and that some can't be overclocked at all, even when the processor originates from the same production wafer. It only takes 1 out of the millions of transistors on the processor to cease working correctly at the higher frequency (and increased temperature as a result of the increased frequency) to cause problems, even though the rest of them are working perfectly normally. The solution here is to reduce the overclock by 5 MHz or 10 MHz.
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10 Dec 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

You won't be able to get much out of that chip.

I know when I tried OCing mine, it crashed with a 5MHz increase (of course, it couldn't run Prime95 stock for 12 hours either...)

~Lordbob
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10 Dec 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Without sounding too rude, why are you buying such a low end low performance chip and then trying to make it go faster? I would instead spend just a little more money for a Core 2 Duo instead of the Pentium Dual Core and then try to overclock that. Even if unsuccessful, it will run circles around that other processor and will probably only cost about $40-50 more.
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11 Dec 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Well I'm only 17 and I've no job so it's all I can afford. :/ And believe me, it's much better than my current setup (512MB RAM, Single core Celeron @ 2.6ghz).
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11 Dec 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Every piece of hardware will indeed OC differently. And there certainly is much more to it than, how fast will this CPU OC.

You can not forget the RAM & Motherboard.
They too will play a critical role in how well the chip and everything else OCs as well.

Not only do the CPU and RAM have limits, but in some cases can be limited by a Motherboard that quite simply can not keep up with the extra load.

The only real way to know is test and see what your current configuration is capable of.
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11 Dec 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

I'm with pparks1 here. OC is not worth it. Not by a long shot. You're much better off mowing a couple more lawns or washing some cars etc. until you can afford something that suits your needs without tempering with the recommended settings. First of all: you will not turn a shopping cart into a Ferrari. Besides there is much more to a powerful system than just a CPU that's running higher (and hotter !!).
Just ask yourself this:
By the time your CPU gives up due to being overstressed. can you afford a new CPU ?

I would never ever buy a system with the intend to OC...(maybe when it's close to the end of its life cycle and I have the $$ for a new computer already) But then again, that's just me. It's not my place to tell you what to do. Just giving you pointers to think about.

-DG
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12 Dec 2010   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SledgeDG View Post
I'm with pparks1 here. OC is not worth it. Not by a long shot. You're much better off mowing a couple more lawns or washing some cars etc. until you can afford something that suits your needs without tempering with the recommended settings. First of all: you will not turn a shopping cart into a Ferrari. Besides there is much more to a powerful system than just a CPU that's running higher (and hotter !!).
Just ask yourself this:
By the time your CPU gives up due to being overstressed. can you afford a new CPU ?

I would never ever buy a system with the intend to OC...(maybe when it's close to the end of its life cycle and I have the $$ for a new computer already) But then again, that's just me. It's not my place to tell you what to do. Just giving you pointers to think about.

-DG
I too would agree with this, but disagree slightly.

By that I mean, if you are going to build a system with the intent of OCing, make sure to get a higher end Motherboard thats designed for it, and a higher end CPU.

OCing creates a lot more stress & heat on the system. If this is your intent, it really is best to have something thats truly designed to handle it.
Although it will cost a bit more.

I also agree the Pentium would not be worth OCing in the long run.
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