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Ok my latest thread, why overclock a cpu?

Now im all for a GPU, i ran tests in games and everything and saw an incredible increase in FPS when overclocking my graphics card, with the CPU though... i saw none.

Ok i overclocked my CPU from 2000Mhz to 2500Mhz and saw no difference at all, none in speed, none in FPS in games, all i saw was numbers in CPU-Z and BIOS telling me it was higher....

I mean why overclock if your FPS dont increase in games??

I also overclocked my ram with the CPU from 200MHz to 220MHz.
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Ok my latest thread, why overclock a cpu?

Now im all for a GPU, i ran tests in games and everything and saw an incredible increase in FPS when overclocking my graphics card, with the CPU though... i saw none.

Ok i overclocked my CPU from 2000Mhz to 2500Mhz and saw no difference at all, none in speed, none in FPS in games, all i saw was numbers in CPU-Z and BIOS telling me it was higher....

I mean why overclock if your FPS dont increase in games??

I also overclocked my ram with the CPU from 200MHz to 220MHz.
only advantage is that it allows you to keep an older processor and run it at high speeds and not have to spend money to buy a newer processor. unless you plan on using your older machine in a cluster. also the probably reason ur not seeing any performance gains is that your ram is limiting ur performance gains. if i were u i would put in the fastest ram ur mobo can support.
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Originally Posted by Sin100 View Post
Ok my latest thread, why overclock a cpu?

Now im all for a GPU, i ran tests in games and everything and saw an incredible increase in FPS when overclocking my graphics card, with the CPU though... i saw none.

Ok i overclocked my CPU from 2000Mhz to 2500Mhz and saw no difference at all, none in speed, none in FPS in games, all i saw was numbers in CPU-Z and BIOS telling me it was higher....

I mean why overclock if your FPS dont increase in games??

I also overclocked my ram with the CPU from 200MHz to 220MHz.
In regular everyday use, you'll need quite a large overclock to notice a difference. Overclocking your CPU can help release some of the bottleneck that occurs on things such as the video card.
If you had an A64 3700+ @ 2.2GHz paired with an 8800GT you will get xxxx amount of frames, if you overclock that cpu you will releave some of that bottleneck getting you xxxxx amount of frames.
Of course, when I'm at school I brag to my math teacher about how fast I can have pi calculated hahaha.
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ok ok i get ya, but im may case.... lol an X700, thats why im really not seeing any difference at all and my PC for running windows xp pro is as fast as you could ask, you just click and your there so i really couldn't ask for more, hmmm i wonder if when vista comes out it will make a difference for browsing....

But anyway thanks, i just need a decent graphics card then i guess, run tests then solely overclock the cpu and see if the fps go up
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i can't believe i'm commenting on this
why?
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I see an increase in fps/score in benchmarks with my overclock. If I weren't so lazy, i'd go to stock, and see what I score. but I know it's lower.
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you only get increased performance in 2 cases :
1- you have a much more powerful gpu compared to your cpu .
2- you play at low resolution .
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In all most all overclocking the most gains are from GPU overclocking rather than CPU, partly because the majority of titles are GPU dependant. Although you do get gains with CPU overclocking but the overclock would have to be around 300Mhz+ to start to notice anything.

The most gains at present are from Core 2 Duo CPU's as they like most other Intel CPU's can achieve the highest overclocking. Take for example the E6600, this is known to do as much as 1Ghz over stock speeds!

At the moment Intel has the lead in performance over AMD by quite a margin, and Core 2 Duo makes them a more attractive solution with overclocking potential.
 
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post #9 of 10
As said when using a Computer for general tasks you wont notice much of a benfit from even a large overclock...However it mostly relieves the Bottlenecks you can get.
post #10 of 10
i see a good increas in benches from my stock spped to oced... i would be able to live and play games with everything at stock on my old rig!

I also OC because it saves me tons of $$. my 400$ pc beats a new 1000$ pc, simply because i oced it and they are stock.
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