Go Back   Hardware Canucks > HARDWARE > CPU's and Motherboards

    
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old October 18, 2009, 08:25 PM
AmuseMe's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Lloydminster & Saskatoon
Posts: 1,586
Default Does Overclocking Bennifit Anything If...

I just have a quick question. For general gaming, internet browsing, HD videos watching etc, is there really a difference between 3.5GHz and 4GHz? Or even 3.0GHz and 4GHz? I mean, if my computer doesnt ever use >90% of the CPU, is there any bennifit?
__________________
DEAD CA$H
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old October 18, 2009, 08:35 PM
BT!'s Avatar
BT! BT! is offline
Allstar
F@H
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Muskoka
Posts: 854
Default

for the challenge/ bragging rights and getting the most bang for your buck :)
__________________

Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old October 18, 2009, 08:48 PM
sswilson's Avatar
Moderator
F@H
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Moncton NB
Posts: 14,417

My System Specs

Default

Everybody is going to have a different opinion on this, especially since it's hard to quantify the results. Does 7 seconds vice 9 seconds from splash screen to fully loaded OS really make much difference (these are strictly hypothetical #s, I haven't timed them)? You'd have to be the judge of that.

Personally, I find there's a major tipping point near the max of any OC where it just feels much faster (probably mostly related to that 2 second difference), but it isn't just the CPU OC that makes the difference, it's also getting everything else (mem speed, mem timings, & bus speeds) tuned for max performance.
__________________
MSI Z87I Gaming AC / i5 4670K / 2X 4G Gskill 1866 DDR3 / XFX XTR 750 / EVGA GTX 680 SC+ 2GB / Intel DC S3700 200G / random 160G Sata HDD
Inwin 904 / Swiftech MCP655-b / Alphacool NexXxos XT45 120 Rad / 2X Scythe GT AP-15 / EK Supreme HF / Dell UltraSharp U2412M

Asrock AM1H-ITX / AM1 Athlon 5350 / 2X4G Gskill PC3-14900 / Intel 6235 Wi-Fi / 90W Targus Power Brick / 320G Seagate Momentus / Mini-Box M350 / 1X 22" Dell IPS / 1X 22" HP
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old October 18, 2009, 09:21 PM
Banned
F@H
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Montreal, QC
Posts: 5,415

My System Specs

Default

It really depends on what you do. For most basic office tasks, a stock CPU is fine. However, once you start getting into stuff that actually taxes a CPU, like gaming, video/audio encoding or editing, compressing/decompressing files, running virtual machines, folding, etc., there is definitely a tangible difference between an overclocked CPU and a stock CPU.
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old October 19, 2009, 05:57 AM
gingerbee's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
F@H
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Orillia, Ontario
Posts: 6,824

My System Specs

Default

big time in gaming and transencoding ( that's me )
__________________
Fav quote "One should strive to achieve; not sit in bitter regret." Ronin Harris
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old October 19, 2009, 06:26 AM
Soultribunal's Avatar
Moderator
F@H
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Mississauga
Posts: 8,062

My System Specs

Default

Realistically not really IMO, however when you start to get into more Intensive Tasks or Folding :) It makes a difference.

That and its just damn cool to say (Look I got my little 2.6ghz chip to 3.6!).

ST
__________________




"We know not why he calls for us, only that when he does we must answer" - DMP 2009

"Dear Iceberg, I am sorry to hear about global warming. Karma is a bitch. Signed - Titanic"

I would rather believe and find god doesn't exist than to not believe and find that he does.

www.realhardwarereviews.com
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old October 19, 2009, 06:28 AM
Arinoth's Avatar
Moderator
F@H
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Halifax
Posts: 8,579

My System Specs

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Soultribunal View Post
Realistically not really IMO, however when you start to get into more Intensive Tasks or Folding :) It makes a difference.

That and its just damn cool to say (Look I got my little 2.6ghz chip to 3.6!).

ST
Yep, its half about bragging rights and the other half is the performance increase in cpu intensive tasks (as it is able to do them faster/quicker). That's about it

What chip do you have at 3.6 ST?
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old October 19, 2009, 06:44 AM
AmuseMe's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Lloydminster & Saskatoon
Posts: 1,586
Default

So it is almost worthwhile to keep my Q9550 @ 4GHz
__________________
DEAD CA$H
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old October 20, 2009, 09:25 AM
CanadaRox's Avatar
Allstar
F@H
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Scarborough (Toronto)
Posts: 614
Default

As long as you aren't extremely high volts or have very high load temperatures, there is no reason not to leave it at 4GHz if its is already there.
__________________
Project: Black and White
i7 920 D0 | 3 x 2GB DDR3 | EVGA X58 SLI LE
XFX 4890 | Corsair HX750 | Corsair Obsidian
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old October 20, 2009, 09:34 AM
bissa's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
F@H
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Kelowna BC
Posts: 1,160

My System Specs

Default

I can get my 2.5 to 3.66 and be stable but for long term constant 100% (like 5-8 hours straight) the temperature starts getting a little worrying. and that did make a noticeable change in starting larger programs like WoW and vector works, but I generally just keep it at 3.2 which still makes a nice change while not making it possible to make pasta on the heat coming off my heat sink.
__________________
Strong like hummingbird, swift like oak.

I'm sorry july, I couldn't see you behind all that feruary.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Overclocking HELP please Crysisfan11 Overclocking, Tweaking and Benchmarking 1 May 27, 2009 10:15 AM
About Overclocking blogz101 Overclocking, Tweaking and Benchmarking 0 July 28, 2008 07:17 PM
Overclocking P4 1.8 Kassela Overclocking, Tweaking and Benchmarking 1 December 27, 2007 11:28 AM
Need help overclocking further Kessler Overclocking, Tweaking and Benchmarking 15 December 5, 2007 05:09 PM
Need some help on Overclocking ShinseiKen CPU's and Motherboards 10 July 11, 2007 07:41 PM