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Hello guys, it might sound like a dumb question, considering we are in a OVERCLOCKING forum, but bear with me. I've been overclocking for as long as I can remember and I stopped overclocking a few years ago since I had not much time to fiddle with BIOS configurations and stuff, I just needed a computer to work. Which got me to the point to think, is overclocking really having a noticeable impact in my computer performance?

Obviously, looking at the numbers, there ARE gains to overclocking there's no denying that, generally from 5% to 10% increased performance. However when translated into real world, your computer isn't booting any faster, your internet browsing wont happen any faster and even on heavy workloads, like Photoshop or video editing, it won't make any noticeable difference. Even if you overclock your GPU, your frames arent getting THAT much higher. For instance, I have a AMD R9 290 which I overclocked to 1100 mhz, my frames went from playable to... well, playable again. Usually a GPU overclock will get you around 5 fps increase but when your card is already running around 60 fps, a 5 fps increase won't make a difference.

Even if your card only manages 30 fps, if you overclock yo reach 35 fps, it won't make the experience THAT much enjoyable. So my point is, Overclocking imho isn't really worth it. just for bragging rights. Don't get me wrong, I will keep overclocking, just not to have my computer performing tasks it wouldn't have been able to on stock speeds.
post #2 of 17
I agree, I only over clock to see how much I can get, and benchmarks scores.
then I put everything back to stock clocks. I want my system to last as I'm not made of money, wish I could over clock money biggrin.gif
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Overclocking increased my FPS in every scenario by a significant margin, for free so it's definitely worth it.
That aside, I overclock because I'm an overclocker first, even if I didn't play games I would still do it, because that's what I love and do. Guess I just have it in my veins redface.gif
    
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Depends on how conservatively clocked your hardware is in the first place, and on what you do.


If you have, say, an 800Mhz 7950 or a llano A8-3500M, like me, the 50% overclock you can get from either makes a huge difference.


Sometimes a small performance bump is worth it too. Unless I push my 4670k past 4.3ghz, I can't get acceptable performance in modded Minecraft with shaders, for example. The OC also gives me decent shadows in games with CPU shadows, like Skyrim or Mass Effect. Running stock on my 7950/4670k means I have to sacrifice image quality or reduce my refresh rate when playing 1080p movies/TV, and every bit helps in the Dolphin emulator.

Stock is enough for some people, but not for others biggrin.gif
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what is significant? 25% increase?
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For me, going from stock Thuban clocks to OC ones made higher settings a possibility.
While running the same settings, I view 10FPS which is a possible boost depending on the game as a significant one. 45->55 is no laughing matter. For free, it's amazing.
    
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I still love to bench but for 24/7 i have undervolted my 3930k and kept it stock, i did the same with 290x i undervolted it but kept it at the stock 1000/1250
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Overclocking can be worth it.

Cpu overclocking is useful in not so well optimized games like starcraft 2 and planetside 2 where you can get a very high boost.
In Rendering there is a huge difference (if not gpu rendering). It helps to keep times down.

For Gpus it depends how far it can go and how far it got already overclocked by the factory. The 7950 was pretty insane with up to 25% more performance.
10 fps is totally possible and even 5 fps can make the difference. 60 fps insead of 55? Or being above 30 fps with gysnc and freesync or without? Worth it.
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post #9 of 17
If the hard drive or ram bottleneck the cpu then no, you won't have any improvement. If the cpu bottleneck the gpu, then no point ocing. Same apply if the gpu is too slow, no point ocing. However, there are stuff that are cpu intensive that could slow down the system. The cpu is thus the slowest component and slows down others... in those situations, ocing will hasten the system.
Having a fast cpu will help prevent dramatic dip in frame rate in cpu-bound places in a game.
Plus, you get a cpu faster than 3-4 generations of cpu coming after it... Just look at sandy bridge. Overclocked, it can match any cpu (stock ofc).
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post #10 of 17
GPU - Absolutely
CPU - Not so much,depending on wich processor you have.

You usually get a 10% performance boost with almost every card.

I used to clock easily a 7870 at 1200 MHz stock voltage from the original core clock of 1000 MHz - That for sure made a difference.
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