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Which clock should I go for?

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On my P8P67 Pro motherboard, I can choose between one of the two clocks:

- Speedstepping and all power saving options on, with voltage incrementing on. Multiplier set to 45 for a clockspeed of 4.5GHz, peaking at 1.315v for stability. Note that with voltage stepping on I get that overclock and it will bump down to 0.9v at 1600MHz when idle, and the medium setting (c3 or whatever) when slightly in use.

or

- Constant overclock of 4.8GHz at 1.41v, but no power saving options on, voltage constant
    
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It's honestly a matter of preference, money, and how heavily you tax your CPU. Are you going to be running it full bore on something like say, folding@home? Then it'd be wise to get the max OC you can without powersaving options because it's going to be running hard anyway.

Do you just game and occasionally edit video or something? You'd probably be fine with the power saving route, will save you a few bucks on electricity (no more than like $4 a month likely though), and you will likely notice little to no difference in the performance between 4.5 and 4.8 GHz, except that your chip will run cooler when taxed.
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As pokey said, the savings would be very small. Also the idle heat without power saving won't be anything to worry about, especially with that cooler. Based on those two facts, I always turn power savings off on my rigs and crank the clock. Ultimately, it's a matter of preference. You probably won't see a performance increase in games or anything like that, so you just have to ask yourself what your needs are.
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i'd go with option 1 (offset)

you should be able to go a bit higher, 46 or 47, and stay cool & stable
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