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which do you find better? overclocking or undervolting

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was just wondering which people prefered and their views on it......
btw this isn't extreme_watercooling it's his girlfriend...... I'm trying to get my head around the terms and what they do.
Edited by extreme_watercooling - 2/7/11 at 1:27pm
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A mix of both for me. What i try to do is keep the processor within its designed thermal envelope while extracting the maximum possible performance from it. Doing so nets me a nice performance boost with a minimal increase in power draw and heat.

at stock, my processor pulls about 65W and nets about 9-10Gflops of processing power. What i did was bump the base clock up 133mhz to 333mhz (1333mhz rated), and then lower the multiplier to 10. Even so, this increases the core clock 730mhz, and reels in 20Gflops of processing power. I then dropped the core voltage to 1.100v, dropping the power drawn to about 55W. The result was that i now get a little over 360mflops/watt as opposed to 146mflops/watt at stock.

Some seek raw power and nothing more, and often reach insane clock speeds. Others, such as myself, dont have that luxury, either because we dont pay the power bill, or we have to make do with what we got. Thus, we seek to make our equipment much more efficient.
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For daily use undervolting, for a gaming session overclocking. This is why there are overclock profiles on modern motherboards.

Anyways, my htpc/file server is undervolted at 1.22v@3.5ghz. My i7 920 is running 1.14v@3.8ghz (with profiles for 4.4ghz at 1.4v).
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I'd have to say overclocking personally, gotta go with Tim the toolman on this one, MORE POWER!!
    
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ok cool I now understand a little bit more about it all and it saves the bf from the frustration of explaining it to me
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