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Is there a point to further push my i5 from 4.5 to 5GHz just for gaming?

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I am wondering if it's worth pushing my i5 further and risking having possible stability issues.

I am currently at 4.5GHz and my CPU usage in game is around 30-45%, so I am wondering if I would actually gain anything if I bump the multiplier from 45 to 50.

Does anyone know from experience?
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post #2 of 17
there isn't too much of a point unless you are at 4.5ghz at a low voltage and you can get to 5ghz easily around a 1.4v mark
   
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On my 2500k I notice no difference in games between 4.4ghz and 4.7ghz. If you are only getting that much CPU usage you are GPU bottlenecked, and in 85% of games you won't experience any increase in frames. In the other 15% you might get a frame or two more, so IMO not worth it especially since 5ghz might need a hefty vcore for 24/7 usage on 32nm chips.
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post #4 of 17
4.5GHz seems to be the sweet spot for many

amirite?
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post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by Dopamin3 View Post
If you are only getting that much CPU usage you are GPU bottlenecked
My thought exactly, but I wanted to be sure. I guess it's the GPU that could be pushed a bit to see an increase in frames per second.
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post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by Demarki View Post
My thought exactly, but I wanted to be sure. I guess it's the GPU that could be pushed a bit to see an increase in frames per second.
A little more tweaking of that gpu and might squeez a few more frame's out of it.
The cpu on the other hand, find your sweet spot with the lowest voltage and least amount of heat, stable, and your golden.
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post #7 of 17
My vidya cards leave much to be desired, but 5.0 GHz does absolutely nothing for me other than generating enough heat to make my fans audible.
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Yeah, I can't imagine that it would be worth it. I've been trying to up to around 4.8ghz, still not stable at 1.36v. Thats almost and extra .1v just to go up 300mhz (for me at least, your mileage may vary). For that slight of an increase I'd rather run 4.5 at 1.27v.
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post #9 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by Demarki View Post
I am currently at 4.5GHz and my CPU usage in game is around 30-45%, so I am wondering if I would actually gain anything if I bump the multiplier from 45 to 50.
If you're only at "30-45%" now, what would you gain?

I'll answer: With the sole exceptions of e-peen and additional heat output...absolutely nothing.
post #10 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by jlells01 View Post
I'll answer: With the sole exceptions of e-peen and additional heat output...absolutely nothing.
Isn't that what were all about here?
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