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Windows 7: How Does One Overclock?

08 Nov 2009   #1
TJR357

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 
How Does One Overclock?

How does one overclock in Windows 7? Are there programmes built in/ out there that help tune your PCs into their maximum potential?


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08 Nov 2009   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

You do it the same way you did it in Vista.

It's generally done with a combination of changing bios settings and purchasing newer/fancier hardware--typically RAM, and beefing up your cooling capabilities to fight the resultant heat output.

Some processors have a "turbo" capability built in, which can give you a boost.
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08 Nov 2009   #3
OpSysWiz

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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How does one overclock in Windows 7? Are there programmes built in/ out there that help tune your PCs into their maximum potential?
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08 Nov 2009   #4
Antman

 

In general, you overclock in BIOS, not the OS. Some boards (Asus, for example) can be OC'd with mfgr provided apps, but this is the 'bad' way of doing it.
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08 Nov 2009   #5
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Make sure your hardware is built for overclocking and you have enough cooling, including an aftermarket cpu cooler.
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08 Nov 2009   #6
najaboy

Windows 7 Pro RTM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TJR357 View Post
How does one overclock in Windows 7? Are there programmes built in/ out there that help tune your PCs into their maximum potential?
It's just one of those things, unfortunately, that if you have to ask- you probably shouldn't be doing it. Yes, we all have to start somewhere, so I'm not saying never do it- merely that you need to research it thoroughly before you try.

Overclocking does bring a performance boost, but it also comes with a chance of doing irreparable damage to your hardware if you get too eager or simply do not know what you're doing. Even when you do know what you're doing, there can be a significant amount of tweaking in order to have a stable system and the potential for damage is still there.

The method in which you'd overclock depends very much upon what hardware you have. For example, I have a Core i7 975. This processor can overclock differently than a Core i7 920, for instance. Likewise, the Core i7 branch is significantly different than the Core 2 Duo. Not knowing your hardware specs, it would be rather pointless guessing which method you would need to use. It may even be a moot point if you're using a built to order PC, as many retail models have the applicable settings locked in the BIOS.

It also bears mentioning that good aftermarket cooling is generally considered to be a prerequisite to overclocking.
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09 Nov 2009   #7
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by najaboy View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TJR357 View Post
How does one overclock in Windows 7? Are there programmes built in/ out there that help tune your PCs into their maximum potential?
It's just one of those things, unfortunately, that if you have to ask- you probably shouldn't be doing it. Yes, we all have to start somewhere, so I'm not saying never do it- merely that you need to research it thoroughly before you try.

Overclocking does bring a performance boost, but it also comes with a chance of doing irreparable damage to your hardware if you get too eager or simply do not know what you're doing. Even when you do know what you're doing, there can be a significant amount of tweaking in order to have a stable system and the potential for damage is still there.

The method in which you'd overclock depends very much upon what hardware you have. For example, I have a Core i7 975. This processor can overclock differently than a Core i7 920, for instance. Likewise, the Core i7 branch is significantly different than the Core 2 Duo. Not knowing your hardware specs, it would be rather pointless guessing which method you would need to use. It may even be a moot point if you're using a built to order PC, as many retail models have the applicable settings locked in the BIOS.

It also bears mentioning that good aftermarket cooling is generally considered to be a prerequisite to overclocking.
With all this beiing said. I would also like to add, that every MB manufacturer has different settings in the bios that can or can't be adjusted, so overclocking is very specific to your MB>CPU>voltages and ram settings that either can or can't be accessed by your bios. The graphics cards are a little different and an overclock can be achieved thru CCC if ATI or Evga precision tool from Evga works on Nvidia. But the most widely used graphic overclock program is Riva tuner. I'd suggest doing A LOT of research before even trying to Overclock. Also your Ram settings can usualy be found thru the manufacturers forum and site. 2 other programs essintial are cpu-z and gpu-z. also being redundant superior after market cooling is essential.It takes full knowledge of your bios,understanding of voltage and how it affects your hardware,patience, and trial and error. It is not something that can be easily explained. Advanced knowledge required.
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09 Nov 2009   #8
Xander

Windows 7 64Bit
 
 

Overclocking, many many people have said to me that my computer will run this fast afterwards and I should look at this that and the other. I think I've tried overclocking like dozens of times. Every single time I find that some instability has crept in to the system. Something or other will develop a "personality" (read many intermittent faults none of which are singularly terminal) and I'll try to fix the software for ages before trying removing the overclock and in most situations it's the overclock causing the problem.

Now I never experience heat problems, I think my graphics card runs at about 45c under load but that'll wig out if it's overclocked so it's not like you can monitor the heat to find a stable temperature.

Basically overclocking is a very long winded process of trial and error and unless you just want to do it as a hobby in and of itself then it's pretty much a waste of time as I found myself spending so much time tweaking my computer would have to work at the speed of light for 3 years to recoup all the time I'd spent on it trying to make it faster!
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09 Nov 2009   #9
TJR357

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Ok, i'm going to research it further.
I don't think have enough cooling at this point to warrant such an experiment; essentially, everything is stock.
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09 Nov 2009   #10
skunksmash

SEVEN x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TJR357 View Post
Ok, i'm going to research it further.
I don't think have enough cooling at this point to warrant such an experiment; essentially, everything is stock.
fill out your system specs & we'll have a better picture of how well it may clock.

when thinking of OCing, forget the OS...... any app that's designed to alter BIOS settings from the desktop is absolute crap IMO.
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