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Is there a difference in performance from the stock 3.2Ghz Pheon II x4 955 vs. a OCd 3.8Ghz?
    
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Yes there is quite a noticable performance gain in games that rely on CPU power, altho there is quite a lot of gain from overclocking the NB too so dont forget that....
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Yes there is quite a noticable performance gain in games that rely on CPU power, altho there is quite a lot of gain from overclocking the NB too so dont forget that....
how much of a gain would I see in percentage wise...
    
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how much of a gain would I see in percentage wise...
Well it depends on the game but in my case in GTA 4 (notorious CPU hog) I see 15fps more if I oc the CPU and NB, but to be honest it differs from game to game and since I'm using SLI, CPU overclock shows even more gain...

But in older game like Crysis I see almost no difference from stock 3.2 ghz, the most difference here makes the higher NB clock because it helps with memory related work
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With the single 4890 you have, in most games you probably won't see much difference since you're GPU bound. Once you CFX with another 4890 you'll definitely see a good bump going from 3.2 to 3.8.
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With the single 4890 you have, in most games you probably won't see much difference since you're GPU bound. Once you CFX with another 4890 you'll definitely see a good bump going from 3.2 to 3.8.
He'll see a difference without adding a second card.

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The difference is noticeable and should be. Use FRAPS and run a benchmark. You should see a definite increase in your minimum frame rates.
    
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With the single 4890 you have, in most games you probably won't see much difference since you're GPU bound. Once you CFX with another 4890 you'll definitely see a good bump going from 3.2 to 3.8.
I am stuck in a tough decision. I either get some new water cooling parts or get a 6950. I think getting a 6950 is the best bet for my system.
    
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I am stuck in a tough decision. I either get some new water cooling parts or get a 6950. I think getting a 6950 is the best bet for my system.
You should definatelly get the 6950, Phenom 2 at 3.8ghz is still fast enough for gaming
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post #9 of 31
take the nb high as you can while maintaining stability and reap the benefits
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I am stuck in a tough decision. I either get some new water cooling parts or get a 6950. I think getting a 6950 is the best bet for my system.
You're better off getting a monitor with a larger resolution. That 6950 you're thinking about certainly won't slouch at 1680x1050, but you'd be missing out on performance under 19x10/12.
    
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