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So right now, my 1090T is running as near 4GHz as makes no difference. It is at 1.36v so I don't think it is hurting my CPU much. The temps are certainly quite nice.

The thing is though, stock vs. 4GHz, the three games I benchmarked, COD:BO, Dirt 3, and Crysis 2, saw no difference is FPS at all. Clearly my 6870 is bottlenecking my machine (and I don't have a problem with that).
My question is, if I don't do much video encoding, and FPS doesn't change with clock speed, why am I overclocking? Does an overclock show at all during normal browsing the web or doing homework? What are the things that Overclocking speeds up?

Also, if I only have stock cooling on my 6870, would it be unwise to overclock that? Ambients are bout 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
    
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i just sold my 1090t that was a 4.0 oc also.

i was running and SLI set up, and had HUGE game scaling proformance gains by over clocking my (at the time) 1090t
   
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Have you tried overclocking your CPU/NB? And yes, that card can handle "some" overclocking with the reference cooler.
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I am with you. I don't see any advantage for me either.
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Well you've sorta hit it on the head. There really is no benefit to high CPU overclocking in a gaming rig that is being GPU bound.

None of the daily tasks like browsing, word processing or movie watching will benefit from a highly clocked CPU.

Overclocking simply helps in situations where the CPU is being a bottleneck and in everyday usage, there really aren't any.

It's very different though if you're using you rig for something like folding, rendering or other CPU intensive tasks/

As for is you OC safe, that depends on exactly what your load temps are after a few hrs of stress testing.

In general, under 75C is perfectly fine, though most ppl here prefer much lower.
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I gotta agree with you, I asked myself that question 10 months ago when I quit overclocking for no noticeable increase. My current setup has been fine for everything that I don't even bother overclocking anymore, it's nice to not have to worry about BSODS's and the OS corruption that comes with them. Been running my current OS install for the past 8 months and I couldn't be happier.
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Well if you don't get any better real gaming performance from overclocking and you don't overclock for the numbers then I'd leave it at stock. A lot of people overclock for the overclocking itself really (at least that's what I think, the added cost of better PSU's, motherboards, ram, cooling outweighs the cost of a better CPU/graphics card)

It only consumes more power and puts more stress on the CPU (nothing to be alarmed about though) and motherboard when overclocked.

A 1090T shouldn't even feel browsing. (I don't know what kind of homework you have but if it isn't something like video editing, heavy 3D modelling, etc. then it won't have any benefit whatsoever either)

Overclocking your graphics card will give you better performance and can be done safely too if you keep a sharp eye on your temps (maybe even supply some extra fresh air to it by a side panel fan/ better front intake fan).
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Mostly I would overclock to get the most our of my hardware. Sometimes people overclock because of a bottleneck reason and some just do it to get high scores in benchmarks.
    
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Overclocking, for some, can be fun?

What's the point of buying a fast car if you never DO anything with it?
 
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post #10 of 21
the biggest problem with AMD overclocking is 99% of people dont ever overclock the NB, i know i didnt when first got my 550/1090t. it makes a big difference.
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