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Hi,

I've been stable at 4.3 ghz for months now and just recently started thinking i might try and push it further BUT i really have no reason too... It is already plenty fast.

Anyway this made me wonder if there is any noticeable improvements to be had. I mean is there a noticeable difference from say 4.3 - 4.5 ghz? or 4.5 - 4.7?.... or for that matter from 4.3 - 4.7? any benchmarks or proof of these improvements?

I'm just wondering if overclocking is just extra heat and for fun beyond this point or if it is worthwhile.


Thanks

*edit - FYI
i5 2500k
p8z68lx
m4 128
sapphire 6850
8g ram
Edited by johnsmith221 - 4/24/12 at 9:16am
post #2 of 9
No improvement at all, Word types with exactly the same speed, I measured it wink.gif
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Benchmark yourself. You'll have the most relevant data possible.
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Originally Posted by samwiches View Post

Benchmark yourself. You'll have the most relevant data possible.

Thanks and i certainly could do that to see what real gains i get but i was hoping some people on here have already done these incremental overclocks and could share their experiences before i take the time to do it myself.
post #5 of 9
You will see a bit better benchmarks. But you wont notice anything as far as how long it take for internet explorer to load. If you were going rather extreme with a few GPU's and your CPU was slightly bottlenecking them that jump from 4.3 to 4.7 would help. But in your case i dont beleive you wouod notice it. Unless your video editing or something.

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Unless your rendering or folding then you probably won't see a difference except for a few cpu bound games like skyrim.
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If your benchmarks seem low, don't run that benchmarking program anymore.
    
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Your GPU's holding you back if anything.
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Totally depends on what you are doing.

Plenty of programs are almost completely CPU limited and will scale nearly linearly with increased CPU speed. If I up the OC on my 2700k from 4GHz to 4.8GHz, I can encode or transcrypt very nearly 20% faster.

However, you aren't likely to see any improvement in general use or in games beyond a certain, fairly modest, OC.
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