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I'd like to know is hyper threading worth it? I can get my cpu stable at 4,58Ghz w/ out HT 1.376Vcore and 4,15ghz w/ HT and my ram operating 8-9-8-24 1762Mhz with 4,58ghz and 820mhz 8-9-7-19 with 4,15ghz so which is better for gaming? And is the 4,58Ghz, 1,376vcore 24/7 safe with 70c max on prime 95?
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I think the 570 is better for gaming.

Honestly- the CPU plays a minor role in most modern gaming now that the GPUs are taking so much of the load with physics engines and enormous amounts of their own memory...

I'm dubious that lighting your CPU on fire just for gaming will bring you any extra FPS. You could probably disable HT and drop your speed down to a more conservative 4.0, or even a downright thrifty 3.8 and not suffer in your gaming. At least not at this point with the games that are out there now. As the games drawn more resources from your computer... well... then you can start to bump up the throttle.

At the rate you're going, you're going to burn out your processor before you even get a chance to benefit from the clocks. But hey, if you want to torch it just to stroll around and wave the 4.5 banner all over the forums then by all means, knock yourself out.
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Lolloollollo *****yyyyy, No. For real you got a point there might just back down to 4.2Ghz HT w1.36Vcore 68C max temps on P95.
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But if I kept the settings I have now how long should the CPU last?
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Originally Posted by Eno75 View Post
Honestly- the CPU plays a minor role in most modern gaming now that the GPUs are taking so much of the load with physics engines and enormous amounts of their own memory...
There are some games though that are very CPU dependent, such as World of Warcraft. Tom's Hardware did a whole big article on the performance of multiple CPU's and GPU's with the new expansion.

Point being it really depends on what games you play that decides what kind of CPU and GPU you should get.
post #6 of 12
Depends of what games you play.
I have seen 4.4Ghz with HT on, many with H70's.

And as far as burn out a CPU, I plan for this i7 to run several years at its current frequency.
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I can keep my temps down and could do 4.4Ghz HT but with hugh clocks and HT it just shuts down without BSOD or anything, and the higher I Go the easier it shuts down, but only on programs like P95 not games, so I might just try to go with 4.4Ghz HT and see if any games crash.
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Honestly, I think the 950 really strides with HT on at 3.8-4Ghz. You get good efficient settings, cooler temps and the way the power curve seems to work out in terms of efficiency / energy that seems to be where it is happiest.

The guy who says some games are cpu dependent has a point- and that's where your HT comes in. It takes up a lot of the slack... so I wouldn't worry about it. Don't get me wrong- it's a respectable clock speed just like a 350lb bodybuilder has an impressive physique. It's just not functional for anything- many of the guys can't even brush their own hair.

The Russians had an aircraft (have an aircraft) called the MiG-25 that frightened the americans into developing the SR-71- possibly the greatest aircraft of all time. The MiG was capable of +mach 3 speeds and performance that no existing US aircraft could match. Much of it was debunked when Victor Belenko defected with one and the US had a chance to review its performance with him, and analyze the construction of the aircraft. The aircraft, he said, WAS capable of near mach 3 speeds- but the aircraft taken to that envelope never flew again- they were destroyed by the inside by their own engines. Construction was haphazard to be polite about it- most components heavy steel and waste metal... It compensated for its ungainly construction with overpowered engines, a robust but unsophisticated long range radar and missiles.

My point here is that in many respects it's one thing to have the perceived performance in your box- but if it's not functional (nor practical)... it may just lead your computer to destroy itself slowly (and senselessly) from the inside out.
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4.6Ghz HT off is better for gaming, and your voltage and temps are great, nothing to worry about there.
    
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post #10 of 12
For longevity, go with a more modest OC and a lower Vcore. I have HT off and sit comfortably at 4.0ghz with 1.24 vcore. My chip never sees temps above 60C, but it's the voltage that determines lifespan.

Mine is a chip that will last for YEARS to come. All the games I play get me 30+ FPS on a 5870, and I find no reason to burn out a chip for bragging rights.

EDIT: sorry for the necromance forgot I was looking in a search couldn't find an option to delete post.... again, sorry .
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