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:mad:hi i have a gtx 660 from evga and i decided to overclock today and i found a stable overclock of 1202.i decided to run a battlefield 3 benchmark and the results well
only a 2 fps difference and i did the exact same run on both of the benchmarks i chose a empty server and even i heaven 4.0 i had a difference of 1.5 fps
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If you only got a 2 fps difference, then you very clearly have a problem elsewhere.

Try OCing the crap out of your CPU and see if that changes anything.
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i have a fx 6300
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oh i am talking the difference about avg fps though
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i have a fx 6300

that right there is the problem, lol. OC that cpu.
post #6 of 11
So you are only taking like, 1/4 of the available data and making an observation with that? What did the max and min fps do? What did your score do in Heaven? Does the BF3 bench give you a score? If so what did that do?
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post #7 of 11
IF your cpu is the bottleneck you could get a slower gpu and get the same frames

Basically OC the gpu and make sure you have enough ram to run it max
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Even 2500k@stock bottlenecked my single HD7950 in BF3 when I overclocked it , I only gained like ~2-3fps in 64p Caspian Border when I OCd my gpu from 880/1250 to 1150/1500, when I overclocked my cpu to 4,5GHz as well, I gained ~15fps more on top of that.

+1 to overclocking your cpu.
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I have seen some interesting articles on this over the last few months as well as a local radio show talking about it with a "professional" overclocker, guy goes to competition using LN2. The information he gave was most interesting. For gamers with a single card solution anything past about 4GHz just does not give enough performance increase to be worth the effort.

In fact he went on to explain that gamers are actually only getting minor benefit from overclocking today as stock speeds provide great gaming experience. The group that benefits the most from overclocking are professionals that are doing high end rendering or other very CPU intensive applications.

The example of this is pretty clear when you think about it. Lets say your overclock gives an average of a 20% performance boost, an actually fairly large overclock to get this as a real gain. In a game running at 60 FPS this means a bump to 72 FPS. While nice to be sure it also equates to only a minor bump in the gaming experience. Now take that same boost and apply it to an application that typically takes 24 hours to run, that same app now can take less than 20 hours, a savings of 4 hours, a fairly significant savings when time is money.

The key to this though is throwing out the benchmarks and looking at real world experience.

Now to the base question, for the DIYer I think a mild overclock is a no brainer. Taking a 3450 to 3.8 or 3.9 GHz gives a nice free performance shot in the arm. However for a gamer pushing much past that, unless you are running a larger video multicard setup is not going to gain much. A professional on the other hand that needs to cut the time on those multi-hour app runs benefits quite a bit.
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Yes it is worth it to get a free(ish) performance bump. "ish" because if you are increasing voltages you are drawing more power so you do end up paying for it somewhere.

My stuff is only mildly overclocked, 2500k @ 4.6 GHz and my Gpu's are somewhere like 1200/3500 as they are average OCers at best, and while you might not notice it in every game, I am sure you will find ones that you do notice.
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