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post #1 of 11
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So I've had my i7 2600k overclocked to 4.8Ghz for the past 4 months. I've been poking around seeing a lot of people say the i5 is better for gaming and that sometimes HT with the i7 can cause some games to skip a bit or have weird issues.

Basically I am wondering. HT does add a good amount of temperature when doing stress tests and at 4.8Ghz I have reached the highest I'd like to go. Being an avid gamer would it be more beneficial to turn HT off and Overclock to 5Ghz or should I leave all as it is?

One of the things I thought I heard was HT was causing issues in BF3, yet I haven't encountered any issues.

HT on @4.8Ghz? or HT off @5Ghz?
post #2 of 11
I say HT on mate. If you turn off HT you are effectively using an i5 2500K.

You paid the extra for HT you might as well use it.

Also HT can provide some large differences (Not in games) so I feel it would be more useful than 200Mhz.
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post #3 of 11
I'm not hating as I have a 2600k myself but why did you buy an i7? You aren't having any issues and you have a decent clock, but if you don't ever make use of it turn it off I guess. IMO I would leave it on.
post #4 of 11
If you're turning off HT, you should just switch to the i5-2500K...
post #5 of 11
People usually buy the 2600k because they need HT for folding/encoding etc, so using a 2600k and turning off the HT is a bit of a waste.

You would've saved some money by going with a 2500k.

a 2600k with ht off = 2500k minus 100 mhz @ stock.

You won't see a noticeable difference between 4.8 and 5.0 in gaming.


TL;DR Keep it @ 4.8 with HT on, unless you encounter stuttering in BF3
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post #6 of 11
The three posts above are pretty accurate. I think it's funny you would buy a 2600k and then disable HT, if you didn't want HT then obviously you don't have to waste the extra ~$100 over the 2500k.
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post #7 of 11
if your gona turn it off, sell your chip and save $100 and get an i5 2500k thats wht you will have with HT off.
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post #8 of 11
Turning ht off for games is a good idea, you will reach higher clock speeds that way. But it really defeats the purpose of the 2600k. Maybe you should try and trade someone for a 2500k if you mostly game?
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post #9 of 11
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Thank you all for the replies. Money wasn't really an issue at the time and the i7 2600k was my first intel purchase since my Pentium 90 when I was 12 haha. But ya I think I will be leaving it on and keep the OC at 4.8Ghz. Thank you all for the input!
post #10 of 11
Disable HT if you wanna play BF3. It ****s up **** at higher graphics, makes the game stutter. At least it did for me and tons of other people ^^
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