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Nobody knows what the limits are until you try it. I'm just guessing based on a few factors. Though the final recommendation (avoid third party motherboards/coolers) and the case cooling of that video was wrong, and it was from 2004, it still shows the point that at 3.6GHz, a 90nm Prescott is close to thermal limits on the stock Intel cooler. That is how you'll be running, so I guesstimate a similar range for your limits. It varies depending on many factors though. You never know until you try it.

Is it worth it? I say "maybe". Pentium 4s aren't really fast, especially for modern stuff, and 3GHz to 3.4GHz might be a small percentage increase. On the other hand, it's next to "free", as the CPU/board/RAM can likely do it with no real stress (the board/RAM are rated for higher than you will actually be using for that Pentium 4). The temperatures will be the potential problem. I say try it and watch temperatures. If they aren't too high, might as well take the free performance boost. If they're iffy, decide if the 400MHz or 600MHz or whatever over stock is worth the heat it brings.
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Originally Posted by Princess Garnet View Post
Nobody knows what the limits are until you try it. I'm just guessing based on a few factors. Though the final recommendation (avoid third party motherboards/coolers) and the case cooling of that video was wrong, and it was from 2004, it still shows the point that at 3.6GHz, a 90nm Prescott is close to thermal limits on the stock Intel cooler. That is how you'll be running, so I guesstimate a similar range for your limits. It varies depending on many factors though. You never know until you try it.

Is it worth it? I say "maybe". Pentium 4s aren't really fast, especially for modern stuff, and 3GHz to 3.4GHz might be a small percentage increase. On the other hand, it's next to "free", as the CPU/board/RAM can likely do it with no real stress (the board/RAM are rated for higher than you will actually be using for that Pentium 4). The temperatures will be the potential problem. I say try it and watch temperatures. If they aren't too high, might as well take the free performance boost. If they're iffy, decide if the 400MHz or 600MHz or whatever over stock is worth the heat it brings.
Okay, so I'll think about it when I actually receive the items.
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