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Windows 7: Should I overclock my quad-core or memory for 7 64?

27 Oct 2009   #1
JohnnyScience

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 
Should I overclock my quad-core or memory for 7 64?

I'm going to be running a lot of programs like Photoshop, multiple browers, multiple various programs & a music program Sonar very often.

I'm wondering if I should overclock my quad core & memory to really maxmize 7 64 to run all of these programs.

What do you guys think?


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27 Oct 2009   #2
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Hey Johnny, welcome to the forums...

You have a pretty nice system as it is, and while overclocking it may squeeze a bit more performance out of it, you have to weigh it against the risk.. One mistake could cost you hundreds of dollars. My advice?? Leave it as it is...
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27 Oct 2009   #3
torrentg

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Agreed. Rule of thumb, in all respect: If you have to ask, you didn't read enough. If you didn't read enough, you shouldn't overclock.

If you are really hard pressed to do this, say so, and people will help you. But I suggest you Google for online guides as there are bound to be plenty.

Your processor or memory will handle all that easily as is. No sweat.

By the way, good call on the Sonar. Great software.
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27 Oct 2009   #4
Shockwave

Windows 7 Proffesional
 
 

Of course you should, just read up on it first and then stress test it with prime95 for a few hours and watch your temps with so
ething like coretemp

my q6600 is at 3.8ghz from the stock 2.4 it's like night and day performance wise
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27 Oct 2009   #5
JohnnyScience

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shockwave View Post
Of course you should, just read up on it first and then stress test it with prime95 for a few hours and watch your temps with so
ething like coretemp

my q6600 is at 3.8ghz from the stock 2.4 it's like night and day performance wise
Whoa seriously? That much faster? Any good walk through you can suggest?

What addtional benefits will I see along side the 8g of ram I have upping it to 3.8?

Would I have a better chance of survival keeping it a little lower say 3.6?
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27 Oct 2009   #6
glree74

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Hey.. I agree have a play with overclocking, just go up slowly. I squeezed 20% more out of my E8400 3ghz core 2, with virtually no effort. Sure I could spend a lot more time getting another %10 or so, but why risk my gear? and going to 3.6ghz made a huge difference in gaming, a bigger difference than when I had an SLI set up. But for me the OC was only easy after changing my mobo to a GB with "Ultra Durable 3 technology" which lowered the CPU temp 15 degrees or so. Then just used the bundled GB OC tool 'Easy Tune', and clicked the 3.6ghz button. done ;-) BTW the cpu only throttles to 3.6 when under load, usually idles at 2ghz or so (power saving stuff turned on in BIOS)...
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27 Oct 2009   #7
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

every single chip overclocks differently, even ones right next to each other on the factory production line (or however they make them).

then they get put onto different motherboards, have uneven spreads of thermal paste gooped onto them, varying specifications of heatsinks and fans are bolted on top, and finally they are mixed up with lots of various hardware and plonked into a raft of diverse cases with a wide gamut of ventilation and cooling fan scenarios.

so, no overclock is guaranteed - because user x managed to get 50% out of his cpu, user y may only get 5%.

if you must overclock, read up a lot beforehand, do it slowly, make sure you have enough cooling, and BE CAREFUL.
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27 Oct 2009   #8
torrentg

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
every single chip overclocks differently, even ones right next to each other on the factory production line
+1 rep, yeah
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27 Oct 2009   #9
glree74

Windows 7 x64
 
 

...well said mickey, that is very true.
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27 Oct 2009   #10
dood

Win7/XP
 
 

DO IT!!!

Not withstanding the performance boost, you'll get to have the fun, and frustration, of keeping it stable, risking damage to your system by cooking your CPU/NB, all the while shooting for that crown of having the fastest rig(in frequency) in the neighborhood.


Seriously.. If you think you need it..go for it. Just be mindful of what your doing. If your 'unsure' about something? Dont do it.
Be prepared to pull you CMOS battery if things become unrecoverable.
Keep a spreadsheet of your settings for various OC thresholds.

It can be frustrating tho. And never be quick to declare 'victory' until you can prime95 for an acceptable amount of time(this time varies among folks).
You may want to try the intel stress test software linpack. You can test with that in short order rather than prime'ing for hours on end.

Personally? I'm running an E8600 @ 4.2Ghz..on air.
I'm happy with where its at right not.. I've tried for 4.5Ghz, but couldnt keep it stable for as long as I would have hoped for (It worked..probably would be acceptable for most..but wasnt to my liking). One day I'll spend more time on it. 4.5 was my ultimate goal, on air.


Good luck!!
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