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Hello everyone!


I have an Alienware Aurora i7 980x desktop. A week ago I new nothing about overclocking. I read what I could find here and a few other places for a few days. Then I started to carefully experiment with the BIOS settings. After a few more days I've settled on an overclock setting that is a big performance boost and is very stable. I've been carefully watching my temperatures and torture testing with Prime95.

The weak links in my system are slow RAM memory and a SATA II bus.

My benchmark tests are here:

http://www.sisoftware.eu/rank2011d/show_run.php?q=c2ffcbfbddbcdde0d1e3d2e7d1e5c3b18cbc9aff9aa797b1c2ffcf

http://www.3dmark.com/pcm7/482139


Here is my no load stats:




Here is my 100% load stats:



I could probably get more out of this but I think I'll quit while I'm ahead! Thanks everyone for all the help!
Edited by tanoury - 11/6/12 at 4:32pm
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Pretty sweet OC. But i have a question. Why did you buy Alienware? They're ovepriced.
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Thank you BWAS1000 and Ion5210!

As a first timer overclocking I'm pretty excited that things turned out so well. I've run Prime95 torture test a few times now, the longest being over 13 hours and things continue to be rock solid smile.gif


BWAS1000, I bought this Alienware desktop about 15 months ago because I didn't know any better. I did get a good deal on it though, roughly only paid about half price for it, it was refurbished. I didn't realize what a rip-off Alienware was until I started to read about overclocking. It was a real eye opener!



Thanks again!
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Originally Posted by tanoury View Post

Thank you BWAS1000 and Ion5210!
As a first timer overclocking I'm pretty excited that things turned out so well. I've run Prime95 torture test a few times now, the longest being over 13 hours and things continue to be rock solid smile.gif
BWAS1000, I bought this Alienware desktop about 15 months ago because I didn't know any better. I did get a good deal on it though, roughly only paid about half price for it, it was refurbished. I didn't realize what a rip-off Alienware was until I started to read about overclocking. It was a real eye opener!
Thanks again!



That makes sense, hope you're building your next rig though.
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