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How Do You Overclock?

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#1 jrlkrudco


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Posted 21 December 2007 - 10:11 AM

How do you over clock in kinda simple terms (if you can)? whats good about overclocking? and whats bad about overclocking?

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#2 tg1911


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Posted 21 December 2007 - 12:08 PM

Performance increase, at no additional cost.

Additional heat generated, resulting in shorter component life, if not properly addressed.
System instability.

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Posted 22 December 2007 - 06:27 AM

Tech Report just made A Beginners Guide To Overclocking.
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Posted 22 December 2007 - 12:50 PM

Overclocking can provide a significant performance boost, at the cost of increased heat. Heat, as you may know, kills computers. If you're planning on overclocking, you should also invest in a good cooling solution; don't rely on the fans that come with a component (like the CPU) to provide adequate cooling.

You should also determine whether you current hardware supports overclocking. Many "off the shelf" PCs have hardware-level locks which prevent overclocking.

But there are O/C friendly manufacturers out there too. Asus, for one, builds overclocking controls right into the BIOS setup program of the motherboard.

Another tip: buy a CPU model that's been out for a year or two. The very latest CPU's are usually already pretty close to their max tolerance whereas a model that's been out for a year has had time for the specs to be tweaked and the overclocking overhead to increase.

For example, I use an Intel Celeron D processor. This model was released in late 2005 and has a stock speed of 2.66GHz. Right now, I'm running it at 3.2 GHz, and I have had it up as high as 3.427GHz. An impressive leap for a moderately priced, year old (at time of purchase) model of Intel's "bargain" line of processors.

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Posted 22 December 2007 - 01:31 PM

Asus A8V Deluxe

CPU Properties:
CPU Type AMD Athlon 64 3500+
CPU Alias Venice S939
CPU Stepping DH-E3
CPUID CPU Name AMD Athlon™ 64 Processor 3000+
CPUID Revision 00020FF0h

CPU Speed:
CPU Clock 2249.80 MHz
CPU Multiplier 9.0x
CPU FSB 249.98 MHz (original: 200 MHz, overclock: 25%)
Memory Bus 249.98 MHz

Motherboard 28 C (82 F)
CPU 31 C (88 F)
GPU 39 C (102 F)

2 years and still going strong, never had any luck with older amd's

I did run this one at 45% OC for about a year but figured I was pushing my luck

Edited by DaChew, 22 December 2007 - 01:34 PM.


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Posted 22 December 2007 - 06:41 PM

If you want more performance it would probably be best to purchase a new CPU instead of takign the big risk of Over-Clocking.

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