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Hey guys. This isn't really a serious post about anything specific. But I was curious about what draws people into the desire to overclock expensive hardware at the risk of cooking it and doing permanent damage, not to mention down time.

I am getting a 3930k intel chip with all the other nice hardware to go along with it.
It's costing me about 2,000$ without a monitor. I've asking about performance increase over my current intel pentium 4 running at 3.2 ghz. Vs my new CPU also running at 3.2 ghz. Most people have told me I should expect 5-15 times more computing power. I guess opinions vary quite a bit.
But non the less those are huge gains.

So what draws people to risk such sexy hardware only to gain 500-800 MHz? If you are rendering out scenes in a 3d modeling package and you have 300-500 thousand polygons you may need to wait 5 minutes per frame to render, but by over clocking it would take say, 4.5 minutes per frame?
Is that what drives you? That small performance increase? Or let's say you're converting some video from one format to another because you enjoy blogging about things. Lets say your video would normaly take 1 house to render out or compress or whatever you want to call it. But now you overclocked so what? It's going to take 53 minutes instead?

I don't believe for a second that its actual, tangible performance increases that drives you guys. Its something else altogether.

My final opinion.
Many of you guys are simply modern day high tech hot rod racers. You push your hardware to go faster just to see if you can pull it off. Just to see if it can be done. If you're successfull you get a little thrill, then push further. And so on and so on. Until something gives. Break. Pops, explodes.

I have a cousin that is a semi professional drag racer. Builds his own cars and motors. Does most things on his own. He pushes his car until something breaks. Then fixes it and pushes in a different direction until something breaks once again. He loves it. He wants to go faster and faster at all costs even if the "real world" gains are minimal. It's a never ending challenge to him. His thirst is never fully quenched. Faster faster faster. BOOM, oops.try again.

You guys, even if you don't realize it, are all race car drivers. thumb.gif
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post #2 of 28
I do it for e-peen purposes mostly...
And the question should be why wouldn't you do it? It's free performance!

On that note I'm going to spend the rest of my evening OCing this 6950.
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It's pretty hard to kill something from overvolting, unless you really overdo it, or are not using a sufficient cooler.

Intel even offers an overclocking warranty now. It's really safe enough that they still offer warranty on a $600 processor for only $35.
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I overclocked my processor for cpu intensive games like Civ 5.
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3930K is a expansive CPU. Those that do get it actually have use for 6-Core. Its more then 500-800Mhz OC. Its more like 1000-1800Mhz OC.
First thing fist if you can do it why not. When you have the MB and cooling its easy. Its free performance. The high Ghz is not only good for Rendering. 3D Games with multiple GPUs need a fast CPU, Folding also benefits greatly.
I have a 3570K 4-Core CPU @ 3.4Ghz Stock. I Overclocked it to 4.6Ghz because I will need the speed when I run 2 x HD 7970.
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You don't risk anything to cook your devices! At least if you try it piece by piece tongue.gif

If you bump the voltage waaaaay too much at 1 time, then it would die tongue.gif




Why not? It's free performance! It's like tuning your car. The engine is the same, yet it has more HP and Torque.

So the proc stays the same, but with a bit more volt and heat, it performs way better (so it's YOUR task to keep that proc cool. biggrin.gif)



Also if you can buy eg: a 3.0GHz for $100, why buy a 3.2GHz for $120? Buy the cheaper one and overclock it to that same speed...
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I started overclocking because I could. Now I overclock because I must. biggrin.gif
It's just fun to tweak your system for more performance, even if it doesn't make much difference in real applications. Something about breaking benchmark scores, or just getting through a bunch of stress tests without a hitch gives me this "aww yeah" feeling, and I enjoy that feeling.
Then there is of course the e-peen factor.tongue.gif
It's also not as dangerous as you seem to believe it is. It takes either a complete lack of knowledge or the intention to go way over the edge to actually kill a chip with regular overclocking. You'll find that the vast majority of people here stays within certain voltage/temperature ranges to ensure their chips will work for years to come, and if they don't it isn't because they don't know the safe ranges for their chip, it's because they're doing a suicide run where they push their chips to the absolute limit knowing it's not going to come out unharmed, just to see where the edge is. In that case, yeah your comparison is pretty accurate. But like I said, most people stay well within safety limits when overclocking. You just have to know what those safe limits are before you do anything.
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The answer is at the very top of the page: "Overclock.net: The pursuit of performance"

The i7-920 was the best recent example of why overclocking is so awesome: Intel's i7-960, 965 and 975 extremes all cost about $1k, but the same performance could be had for a couple hundred with a 920.

(I would have a 920 if I didn't grab my 975 for free off a buddy)
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This is quite an interesting perspective. I agree with you. I think there are several drives to overclocking:

. The desire to experience the freedom to do anything you like with the hardware you bought.
. The desire to get better performance for the same price; i.e. overclocking a 5850 to achieve the same performance as a stock 5870.

And then the desires to compete with others; etc etc.
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I overclock for gaming with cpu intensive games. one of the biggest increases being civ v (that I tangibly notice). bumping up to 4.5ghz makes everything more smoove. I can also notice the difference in world of warcraft (big cities with lots to load is mostly instant). I have my computer @4.5ghz sitting next to my wife who has the exact same mb/cpu and the smoothness difference is visible.

sucks b/c I can't overclock her computer b/c she won't let me buy a nice cooler for it! silly woman rolleyes.gif
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