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How do I OC my processor?


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#1 ClearlyTrying

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 02:26 PM

Hello,

My name is Mitch, I was looking for some help OCing my new computer. I have tried going in to BIOS and loading the 'pre configured option of OVERCLOCK1 or OVERCLOCK2 '; I have tried doing that and I am not seeing my processor speed go up.

I understand the risks of OCing and have a liquid cooled cpu so I feel confident.

Anyways, here are my specs:

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1
CPU_Name: Intel® Core™ i7-3820 CPU @ 3.60GHz
CPU_CurrentClockSpeed: 1188MHz
RAM : 8.00 GB
Manufacturer: Alienware

I have tried looking for information regarding this in the alienware forums, and read something about how the configs they have in BIOS only OC one core? I'm not sure exactly, any help will be greatly appreciated!!!

Thank you,
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Posted 29 June 2012 - 03:53 PM

Why exactly are you wanting to overclock your computer? The performance gains are not worth the risk even with liquid cooling. If you miss a month or two with routine maintenance and your cooling liquid becomes degraded you could risk killing your machine.

3.6Ghz is plenty fast enough for todays applications, and if you do overclock and you are a gamer your performance gain wont even be noticeable and would be less then 15% in improvement equating to roughly 5 to 15 frames per second.

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 03:09 PM

The performance gains are not worth the risk even with liquid cooling. If you miss a month or two with routine maintenance and your cooling liquid becomes degraded you could risk killing your machine.

Wow, I wasn't aware that I had to routinely check/work on it.

3.6Ghz is plenty fast enough for todays applications, and if you do overclock and you are a gamer your performance gain wont even be noticeable and would be less then 15% in improvement equating to roughly 5 to 15 frames per second.

Though 15fps would help 8-) , i'm glad I came here. Thank you for informing me!

I suppose I don't need to OC(correct, for gaming). Thanks for explaining that to me :thumbup2:

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 10:05 PM

Also OC overtime will shorten your processor life span and void your warranty

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 09:02 AM

I don't see what's wrong with overclocking when you know what you are doing and your system is stable.

And although it will shorten the life span of the hardware, not by a lot.

And by the time your hardware burns out, there will be much better ones on the market and considering you are a gamer you would upgrade to the newer one years later.


Heck I was planning to overclock my cpu and it isn't even liquid cooled! With liquid cooled you can achive higher levels safely.

Edited by IDKWatMyNameShoudBe, 01 July 2012 - 09:04 AM.


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Posted 01 July 2012 - 10:13 AM

Unlike some others, I don't have a problem overclocking.

I have overclocked every CPU (and GPU for that matter) since.............forever, and have yet to have anything die unexpectedly. The secret is moderation.

My current rig (long in the tooth as it is) i7-920 has been running an 800- 1300mhz overclock from day one. Keeping your voltages stock when possible, and proper cooling will keep your CPU happy until your next upgrade cycle.

As far as the BIOS settings on an Alienware/Dell unit for overclocking, I just do not know. Normally you bump the BCLK up from base and see what happens. I do not know about the overclocking profiles on your rig. It is possible you have to overclock your CPU/memory first , and then save those settings as "Overclock 1" or "Overclock 2". As mentioned above, make sure you are not voiding your warranty (if you care about that). When you figure out your overclock, monitor temps closely under load.

Just a basic guide for 2011: http://forums.overclockers.com.au/showthread.php?t=1005303 It is a start to get the basiscs and find out what does what.

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 03:56 PM

Thanks for the additional input. I'm contemplating OCing now. If it is only an increase of 5-15fps I don't know if it's worth the work and risks. Is that an accurate assessment of the increase in fps if I OC my processor?

And see when I was reading the tech specs on my rig I was purchasing it said the following:
3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3820 (10M Cache, Overclocked up to 4.1 GHz

I assumed I would be getting the machine Overclocked at 4.1, like it says on the page. But apparently it isn't, and if the rewards aren't worth the risks then I suppose I wont do it.

Any more opinions will be greatly appreciated.

Edited by ClearlyTrying, 01 July 2012 - 03:56 PM.


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Posted 02 July 2012 - 06:48 PM

Thanks for the additional input. I'm contemplating OCing now. If it is only an increase of 5-15fps I don't know if it's worth the work and risks. Is that an accurate assessment of the increase in fps if I OC my processor?

And see when I was reading the tech specs on my rig I was purchasing it said the following:
3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3820 (10M Cache, Overclocked up to 4.1 GHz

I assumed I would be getting the machine Overclocked at 4.1, like it says on the page. But apparently it isn't, and if the rewards aren't worth the risks then I suppose I wont do it.

Any more opinions will be greatly appreciated.

Just be sure to watch your temps under load while overclocking, if everything stays stable you're good.




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