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Benefits of OC'ing

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Ok I have been overclocking my rig for a while now. Very conservative all together, going from 2.4-2.6 tops.

My main question is besides overclocking your video card, how much does overclocking the cpu and memory affect fps in games?

OC'ing the video card has obvious improvements (such as my card which i get an average 20 more frames from and oc.)

Still im not sure how much OC'ing the CPU and memory have on performance.

Any info?
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The real benifit from overclocking the CPU and Memory subsystem comes into play when the game has exotic physics algorithms. (F.E.A.R and HL2 Source for example) also games which are HUGE in scale (X3: Reunion or some MMP type stuff)
The GFX function is to render the scene.
The CPU, Memory, Drives function is to direct the scene.

Both are critical to a satisfying and tasty gaming experience, IMO.


OC'ing one particular part of the system often will reveal bottlenecks elsewhere in the system.

Also, hardware can only run as well as the software which it is running, some software (games) require more CPU 'horsepower' just because it is bloated and ill concieved to start with.
 

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Originally Posted by deadbydraino

Hmmm but i still have yet to see a game that would slow down my game due to complicated physics algorithms except of course 3dmark but that is just benchmarking and has little to do with how well something plays a game. Even F.E.A.R. didn't see any slowdown when all of the CPU options were turned on. Tested it by lobbing grenades through a window into a room with lots of boxes in it and watching. Nothing.

Still have yet to play X3 though.

Where you will see a difference is at the Uber Cool parts of the game such as a KickA$$ firefight where there are a lot of PCs and NPCs and such. The grenade and boxes 'test' is not very accurate IMO. You may not tell any difference on todays game, tomorrows game may be a different story altogether.
 
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