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I am not a PC gamer, but I do use my PC for some pretty intense CPU tasks. My main use is 3D modeling using 3DS Max.

My question is, will overclocking my processor make a dramatic improvement in the time it takes to render images and general day to day use in 3DS Max?

I don't plan on anything major as far as an OC, I just want to get a mild improvement in overall speed of day to day use.

Thanks for any feedback.
post #2 of 11
I've been rocking a 920 for 4 years and it's awesome. Of course I have it overclocked to 4.2Ghz which is why it's served me so long.

Do it, it's free performance...

umm...unless you're a degenerate like the rest of us and go out and buy watercooling loop + a whole new case to put your loop in and you end up spending a thousand+ dollars doing it.

Then ya...it's definitely worth it smile.gif

Seriously though, OCing is awesome thumb.gif
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post #3 of 11
Depends on how far you overclock.

For example, going from 3.33 ghz to 3.55 ghz won't be much of an improvement. However, going from 3.33 ghz to 3.88 and above will be alot more noticeable. In the long run you might save yourself a couple of seconds rendering stuff, but that's about it.
post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by bill4d View Post

I don't plan on anything major as far as an OC, I just want to get a mild improvement in overall speed of day to day use.



If that doesn't convince you, I don't know what will...If it does, a nice thank you will suffice thumb.gif
post #5 of 11
For things like waiting for rendering to finish, it could really do a lot. If you overclock by 20 %, the render will take 20 % less time. If you lose a lot of time waiting for stuff to finish, investing a dozen hours looking into overclocking might be worth it even if you don't enjoy it. Those dozen hours would be reading up on how things work and experimenting and rearranging your hardware, meaning putting an extra fan into the case and installing a strong CPU cooler (though you seem to already have some sort of liquid cooling going on which would mean you don't have to do anything about the hardware).

Note: I assume the rendering is done completely on the CPU when saying it'll be 20 % less waiting. If the GPU is involved, you should also look into overclocking the GPU.
Edited by deepor - 6/2/13 at 5:17pm
post #6 of 11
I say go for it. give it a nice boost up to 4.0 which should be easy enough with that chip and cooler. Should see some better rendering times overall as well as just everything being a little quicker and snappier. If you don't think it was worth it then go back to stock, bump it up to like 4.4, or step up to the 3930
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My question would be... why not overclock? You've got a good motherboard with solid power delivery and (it looks like) liquid cooling. It's very hard to damage your components as long as you do your research and take your time and keep an eye on voltages and temps. The only thing you'll see if you do it right is an increase in performance with a moderate increase in temps thumb.gif
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post #8 of 11
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Well, it looks it's time to OC then!

I have plenty of airflow in place already. I've upgraded all the fans in my case already. The only thing I need to do is upgrade my CPU cooler.

The cooler that came with my computer looks to be descent, but the Corsair H80i is what I plan to go with. Hopefully just some added insurance and more head room for OCing.

Does anyone know of a good tutorial showing how to remove an existing cooler / thermal paste and apply new paste / new cooler?
Edited by bill4d - 6/3/13 at 7:37am
post #9 of 11
Since you use it for CPU intensive usage, go and OVERCLOCK now! It really gives a lot of performance boost!
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post #10 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hsn786 View Post

Since you use it for CPU intensive usage, go and OVERCLOCK now! It really gives a lot of performance boost!

OR... or... he could get haswell and OC to 5ghz.. biggrin.gif

It'd be almost 120% faster than what he has now
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