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To overclock or not?

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Hi everyone and thanks for taking the time to read this,
I bought a Mac Pro a few months ago and have been thinking about overclocking it.
It's got a 2 x 2.93 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon Processor with 32GB 1333 MHz DDR3 RAM (I put that in myself after buying it). I'm running Mac OS X 10.6.4
So yes.. it's already quite quick. I do a lot of memory and processor intense stuff though, such as video and photography editing (a lot of HDR) as I'm a professional photographer. This means though that stability is of major importance to me. Also, accuracy if that could be a problem, by this I mean I will be using algorithms when doing photography processing that need to render almost perfectly. I back up all my files onto an external hard drive as soon as I can but losing any of these files would mean serious problems for me.
I wouldn't mind paying extra in order to make it stable or to speed the computer up as long as it means doing it right, which includes getting anything professionally installed if necessary.
Thanks Guys,
Chris
p.s. sorry but I hope this is in the right forum, found it quite confusing where to ask so i'll make a copy in the intel forum and if thats not it maybe an admin/mod can transfer/delete this? Thanks
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dont do it dont the Mac computers have a problem with running really hot or just their laptops?


EDIT: its ok i didnt even notice lol
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Anyway op you might have more luck heading over to the mac (os) section. http://www.overclock.net/mac/

Although it's not hardware related, I'm sure the people over at that subforum can give you a more detailed answer since it's mac specific. If they say wrong category, link them to my post and I'll beg for forgiveness.

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you can oc a mac?? since when?
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... Can you OC in the BIOS at all ?

If we assume you can, then you'll need a program like Prime95 (at least for Windows), which makes the cores run at full load in several hours preferable, to check if it's stable. And then a CPU temp monitor software to make certain you do not overheat the Xeon. Which is the most important.

Buy an aftermarket cooler for your CPU eventually. I'd recommend that.
If you can afford a Mac Pro, then you can afford a good one, right ?

That's about it. There are many OC guides, as long as you do it in the BIOS (which is the first thing you need to be sure of - can you actually do it ? I doubt it ...)


Edit: Read this. Eventually... Perhaps you can change the motherboard.
Edited by p4p3r - 4/26/11 at 10:10pm
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