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Windows 7: pros and cons of OC

14 May 2010   #11
win7clutz

Windows 7 Ultimate (64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dskater411 View Post
pro's would be
-can potentially make your computer insanely faster and make it feel like you just bought a brand new machine
-free (or very cheap) upgrade
-when done moderately and you have quality parts (specifically a quality motherboard with safety settings) its much safer and easier than many think


Cons-
-your mileage may vary
-some people seem to get addicted on seeing how far they can push it

When done in moderation I really don't think there is any wear and tear to worry about. key word is moderation.
dskater411's post is a pretty good analysis.

The keyword is "Moderation"! I haven't personally run my own box at stock settings in probably 10 years or more, yet I'd never OC a clients or friends machine.

I only OC 24/7 to the extent that I can easily control temps and do so with minor voltage bumps. Properly done you can see significant performance gains without any risk to hardware. Yet screw up and be prepared to pay the price...

View my "System Specs" to see what I'm doing, but I'm NOT encouraging you to do the same. Frankly, current hardware is to the point that even big OC's aren't very noticeable in day to day performance. If you're into "benchmarking" or stretching your hardware to the max (kinda like a hobby thing), then by all means research the topic and proceed with caution. Otherwise, protect your investment and run the manufacturers defaults and preserve the life spam of your hardware.

Happy Trails...


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14 May 2010   #12
kucing13

 

ill keep that in mind...
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14 May 2010   #13
Lomai

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by acurasd View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kucing13 View Post
alright ,just want to ask what is the pros and cons of OC aka OVERCLOCKING

regardless of what pc component eg CPU, FSB frequency and Graphic card

It is like taking Steroids...

It looks real nice on the outside
but it will start to tear you down on the inside.

you can get the girl to come to bed
but bring those pants down
and she'll laugh *lol*

In the end... for over clocking..
Just like your body.. If you push it too hard.. you will start to tear it down.. you will just take years off...or completely shut down.
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14 May 2010   #14
HMonk

Dual boot XP Pro SP3x86 and Win7 Pro x64
 
 
OCing

I OC an AMD Phenom II x3 720 from 2.8 to 3.3 GHz (a CPU that is really an OC dream). Why? Better gaming performance. In general, high gfx demands and numbers crunching benefit by OCing if your CPU has fewer ponies out of the box.

Cons: CPU/system heat. I survive at an average of 55C in a 73F room with an Antec 900 case that has 5 fans. Many CPUs must be liquid cooled.

Only advice I would give is to crank up the voltage a wee bit at a time - it does not take much to make serious changes.

Monk
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14 May 2010   #15
Snakeyeskm

Win 7 64 bit professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dskater411 View Post
pro's would be
-can potentially make your computer insanely faster and make it feel like you just bought a brand new machine
-free (or very cheap) upgrade
-when done moderately and you have quality parts (specifically a quality motherboard with safety settings) its much safer and easier than many think


Cons-
-your mileage may vary
-some people seem to get addicted on seeing how far they can push it

When done in moderation I really don't think there is any wear and tear to worry about. key word is moderation.

+1

I have been overclocking for a long time. If done with knowledge and patience you can end up with a far faster system at a much lower price. If done impatiently without research you can end up with an expensive brick. There are many sites focused on specific motherboards that can help even noobie overclockers. Unfortunately, CPU cooling plays a major part in the ability to maintain safe and worthwhile overclock's. furthermore different CPUs with the same rating, but different steppings have different levels of overclocking built into them. Most over clockers look for such CPUs (example, D0 for i7920) and tend to build their own systems with non-stock CPU cooling systems.

My present system has an i7 with a stock speed of 3.2 MHz running stable at 4.4 MHz. Stable means successfully running programs such as prime for over 10 hours and LinX for over 100 runs.

Overclocking also involves fine-tuning (tightening and loosening) memory timings etc. While you do not have to be a brain surgeon to do this properly, it still requires considerable learning and patient and logical adjusting of parameters. Furthermore technology changes in processors and motherboards can make any expert in one type of processor into a total newbie on a different processor. This happened to me when I started to overclock my first i7 processor.

In short, unless you have a customized PC, or at least modified and/or efficient CPU cooling, don't even consider going there.
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14 May 2010   #16
dskater411

win7 ultimate x64
 
 

Just to make it clear, I'm far from an expert when it comes to overclocking, but I did a bunch of research before I attempted, then went out and bought a better cpu cooler for $25 and bumped my Q6600 from 2.4GHz to 3GHz. its been running stable for 3 years no heat issues and no failures.
I did not try to see how far I could push it, I never messed around with increasing voltages, I just went online and looked at how far most people were getting with my cpu (I think the 3.4GHz range) and kept it below that.
To me it was enough, my system still feels incredibly snappy, and overclocking does make a big difference when it comes to boot time, games, and overall system performance.
Again though I think its pretty important to have a quality motherboard. I have an Asus P5k Deluxe and the overclocking couldn't be any easier and safer. I've messed around with some lower end boards and don't think I would again.
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16 May 2010   #17
kucing13

 

and it is true right? if you OC your warranty of that component end permanently
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16 May 2010   #18
HMonk

Dual boot XP Pro SP3x86 and Win7 Pro x64
 
 

@Kucing13: Yes OCing voids the warranty but since this is BIOS/SW controlled, there is no way to look at a CPU and determine if it was OCed. Now, if a shop has your machine in for repairs and determines your voltage settings are "excessive," you might have some explaining to do.

Monk
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16 May 2010   #19
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

If you do plan on Overclocking, get a good motherboard designed for it.

I do agree the MOBO will be the largest factor in how well you can OC.
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16 May 2010   #20
kucing13

 

im using gigabyte MOBO that comes with overclocking software but never use it thought
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