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To start off I originally bought the 970 for other purposes but these days I solely use it for gaming and nothing else really. So with that out of the way, is hyper-threading worth keeping on for games? If I were to turn HT off would I be able to achieve a higher overclock for gaming (I'm comfortably at 4.2ghz atm)? I read up a bit and mostly heard that HT doesn't really help gaming but I wanted to get your opinions.

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To start off I originally bought the 970 for other purposes but these days I solely use it for gaming and nothing else really. So with that out of the way, is hyper-threading worth keeping on for games? If I were to turn HT off would I be able to achieve a higher overclock for gaming (I'm comfortably at 4.2ghz atm)? I read up a bit and mostly heard that HT doesn't really help gaming but I wanted to get your opinions.

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In general HT won't help with gaming and can negatively effect the performance of games too!
The only game that I know of that it actually benefits is BF3, even then it's not much and more clockspeed would benefit more. Honestly I'd turn it off to make the majority of games better and generate less heat if you turn it off. Not sure about the voltage needed/stability of the processor but I'd imagine it'd be easier to run with HT off.

I guess just test the games that you play because it all depends, but in general you'll get less FPS/the same FPS with HT on compared to it being off.
 
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To start off I originally bought the 970 for other purposes but these days I solely use it for gaming and nothing else really. So with that out of the way, is hyper-threading worth keeping on for games? If I were to turn HT off would I be able to achieve a higher overclock for gaming (I'm comfortably at 4.2ghz atm)? I read up a bit and mostly heard that HT doesn't really help gaming but I wanted to get your opinions.

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Well for gaming, core speed is key. If you can get 4.4 - 4.5Ghz out of your chip without HT, then yeah, it's worth it. If you can only manage 4.3GHz, then I'd probably just leave it.
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In general HT won't help with gaming and can negatively effect the performance of games too!

Ok 1% less FPS in some games...
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It's really a toss up and is game dependent. 

 

Yes, if you are able to achieve a [significantly] higher core clock by disabling HT then you might see a benefit if you are currently CPU limited in anyway. However, HT on has been proven to keep more steady FPS, as in less minimum FPS and more of keeping along the average. Which is nice. Just have to see what works for you/each game.

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Ok 1% less FPS in some games...

I know it's 1% less in some games, but I thought it made some unplayable etc?
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It's really a toss up and is game dependent. 

Yes, if you are able to achieve a [significantly] higher core clock by disabling HT then you might see a benefit if you are currently CPU limited in anyway. However, HT on has been proven to keep more steady FPS, as in less minimum FPS and more of keeping along the average. Which is nice. Just have to see what works for you/each game.

It does? Okay that's kinda cool thumb.gif
 
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You can use task manager to see how much they are used. As  my computer broke i bought a portable for Internet use. But it pl ayes crysis 1 very well, OK only 18-22 fps but it is mostly limited by CPU as it is only a dual core. But in task manager all 4 "cores" are very busy.

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You can use task manager to see how much they are used. As  my computer broke i bought a portable for Internet use. But it playes crysis 1 very well, OK only 18-22 fps but it is mostly limited by CPU as it is only a dual core. But in task manager all 4 "cores" are very busy.

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Thanks for the info guys. I was able to kick up the cpu to 4.4ghz on the same voltage with HT off and temps are slightly lower than before.

Appreciate the insight tongue.gif
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