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Alright, so my friend did overclock my i7 to 3Ghz, which is nothing (I know.) But I'm also currently using the stock cooler. I do have a CM V8 laying around, but I've just been too lazy to even bother installing it. I will install it eventually though.

Anyway, what I'm wondering is; would overclocking my i7 to around 3,6Ghz produce any noticeable difference in FPS? I'm on a GTX 570 and I'm really having no issues as for now. It's just out of curiosity.
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Originally Posted by Otori View Post
Alright, so my friend did overclock my i7 to 3Ghz, which is nothing (I know.) But I'm also currently using the stock cooler. I do have a CM V8 laying around, but I've just been too lazy to even bother installing it. I will install it eventually though.

Anyway, what I'm wondering is; would overclocking my i7 to around 3,6Ghz produce any noticeable difference in FPS? I'm on a GTX 570 and I'm really having no issues as for now. It's just out of curiosity.
What kind of FPS are you getting now? You would probably see an increase in FPS but if thats the only game you play what is the point? The human eye can't see more than 40FPS and I am guessing you are easily topping that.
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I have a constant 60fps at 4,2Ghz. (not in orgrimmar though) All on Max/Ultra, raids included.

at stock, I can drop to the mid 40's in raid.
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Well, reasoning behind this is because I've heard WoW and Bad Company 2 are the only games actually worth overclocking your CPU for, as they are sucking up power.

In heavy crowded areas I've seen as low as 40 FPS, which is questionable. But yeah....

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at stock, I can drop to the mid 40's in raid.
I've never been as low as 40 in any raids yet. The only times I've seen it go under 60 is when there's some serious amount of spell animations going on at the same time.
Edited by Otori - 1/16/11 at 11:43am
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Well, reasoning behind this is because I've heard WoW and Bad Company 2 are the only games actually worth overclocking your CPU for, as they are sucking up power.

In heavy crowded areas I've seen as low as 40 FPS, which is questionable. But yeah....

I've never been as low as 40 in any raids yet. The only times I've seen it go under 60 is when there's some serious amount of spell animations going on at the same time.
Its not something to worry about. It is just bad coding more than anything. You could overclock it to grab some extra FPS if you want to.
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post #6 of 12
WoW is very CPU heavy, so an overclock is almost always worth it. I'd say you won't need to go too far past 3GHz with an i7 to get where you need to be. With the V8 cooler, push it to about 3.4 to 3.6GHz to maximise frame rates.
If you still have low frame rates then, you should increase AA to make sure the GPU is working nice and hard.
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post #7 of 12
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Ok, thank guys. Appreciate the help

While we're on it, has anyone tried the Silverstone Air Penetrator 120mm fan? I was thinking of buying two of those and put them on top of my case.
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post #8 of 12
A few things, the AP fans are more of an intake fan, good for channeling air through your case, for exhaust just about any cheap high cfm fan will do.
If you want to get a couple of the AP's, the best bet would be to stick them in the front or bottom of your case and move the old fans to the rear.

On your i7, overclocking is definitely worth it if you're doing raiding. WoW only uses up to 3 cores, but the game is really cpu intensive when you get into bigger group scenarios, like battlegrounds and raids. Solo PvE play, outside of the cities, you'll probably never notice the difference.
     
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Never played WOW, but I know that SC2 likes my 4.2ghz. OC, when I get in to a big battle scene with lots of action, I get no slow down at 4.2 with HT on
When I turn HT off and lower OC to 3ghz. I get lots of lag in same situation
This happens in both online play and in campaign mode so it is not my connection

If WOW only use's 3 cores turn HT off and you will get better temps.
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post #10 of 12
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Ok, sounds good guys ^^

Well, I have one more problem. When I had the Antec 902 the exhaust fan at the back of the case it always pumped out heated air. The exhaust fan on my Lanboy though, does not pump out any heated air; at all. I have no idea why, but maybe there's a lack of airflow? Currently I only have the 5 fans that comes with the case. 2 intake on the sides, 1 exhaust fan on the back and 2 intake fans infront.

I'm by no means a pro, but would 2 intake fans on the top make it better? GPU temps seems to be slightly higher than I remember my old GTX 260 had on the 902. Any input appreciated.

EDIT: Basically what I'm asking is, where would the best place to place a few fans to get better GPU temps? Not including a bottom fan that is.
Edited by Otori - 1/18/11 at 11:07am
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