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I notices alot of people here wants CPU speed to be like 5ghz but do we really need that much power. With the release of Sandybridges just 9 hours away from now, I was wondering how much would this power upgrade affect the games that I play like STARCRAFT 2. I don't really see any more point of have a processor having more than 3.3ghz. So what is the point of having so much power available? I can't seem to think of anything because todays games just don't require that much ghz. I heard crysis 2 going to be nerfed in the processor area. Btw, do anyone know what type of processor plays with game graphics?
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People overclock as a hobbie, or they do it to increase folding points or they just want more preformance.

And there are a lot more CPU intense games than Starcraft 2.
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It's just the way we are, it's all about getting the for your money
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But don't you guys think that all this overclocking is just going hurt the cpu and creat excessive heat.
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But don't you guys think that all this overclocking is just going hurt the cpu and creat excessive heat.
If you got good cooling you wont have excessive heat. And therefore wont 'hurt' the chip.
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I'm running at stock voltage with my overclock and I am also running cooler than I would with the stock cooler AMD gives to you just because I spent 30 bucks to buy a better one myself.

So how would this hurt my CPU if my voltage is set to stock and my cooling is fine.
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Yeah, i can run 3.6Ghz on my i7 920 at stock voltages, also means no harm done and i get free performance.
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But don't you guys think that all this overclocking is just going hurt the cpu and creat excessive heat.
No. It won't hurt my CPU and it won't create excess heat.
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I notices alot of people here wants CPU speed to be like 5ghz but do we really need that much power. With the release of Sandybridges just 9 hours away from now, I was wondering how much would this power upgrade affect the games that I play like STARCRAFT 2. I don't really see any more point of have a processor having more than 3.3ghz. So what is the point of having so much power available? I can't seem to think of anything because todays games just don't require that much ghz. I heard crysis 2 going to be nerfed in the processor area. Btw, do anyone know what type of processor plays with game graphics?
do some 3D rendering or some video encoding and you will see what difference cpu overclocking makes.
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I notices alot of people here wants CPU speed to be like 5ghz but do we really need that much power. With the release of Sandybridges just 9 hours away from now, I was wondering how much would this power upgrade affect the games that I play like STARCRAFT 2. I don't really see any more point of have a processor having more than 3.3ghz. So what is the point of having so much power available? I can't seem to think of anything because todays games just don't require that much ghz. I heard crysis 2 going to be nerfed in the processor area. Btw, do anyone know what type of processor plays with game graphics?
Overclocking simply WORKS.

Especially in CPUs, where the clock increase is pretty much linear with performance increase.

It's not like we OC 33% over stock and only get a 5% performance increase. For example, my previous Q9550 OC'd to 3.8ghz was around 30% over stock, and I got around 30% performance increase. It's like having a new CPU.

It's quite linear.

GPUs and RAM are not, unfortunately.
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