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When Is Overclocking worth it?

Discussion in 'Processors and Overclocking' started by Jordanixting, Dec 23, 2014.

  1. Jordanixting

    Jordanixting New Member

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    I have a AMD FX-6100 which runs at 15 degrees idle, and I was wondering is overclocking worth it, or when is overclocking worth it?

    I'm assuming there would be no noticeable difference if you are just performing everyday tasks such as web browsing/ iTunes .

    Also what is the best way of overclocking? bios settings? or a program?


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  2. rock47

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    try AMD overdrive - simple and easy to use
     
  3. Marc Charles

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    Overclocking is ALWAYS worth it.

    If you have the time, that is.

    It's free performance :)

    (Also, your CPU can't possible run 15c idle, unless you're far below 15c ambient temperature in your room...)

    AMD is known for broken/inaccurate sensors
     
  4. Wade

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    Use resource monitor to log a typical days use, if you see some maxing out of your CPU in the graph for any period of time, overclock a little and those times maxed out will be reduced.
     
  5. caramis

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    I prefer oldschool way, OC via BIOS. this just works and gives more flexibility than any software I have seen so far
     
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    Overclocking is always worth it! It's one of the few times you can get something for nothing. Why not?!
     
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    That's not 100 % true though, you do take risks when you're overclocking and you are shortening the lifespan of your components however, it might be negligible.
     
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    I've been overclocking stuff for... oh god like 17 years. Anyway my point is I've never had anything fail prematurely due to it. Maybe I've just been lucky, though I've not heard any of my friends having issues either.
     
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    I thought I had responded to this one ages ago.
    here is my tuppence worth :)

    Overclocking is worth it for two reasons, select one depending on who you are :D

    Tinkerer, like me tinkerers have that nagging urge for knowledge, exactly how fast can I get my PC to run. So the overclocking commences, and quite often once a nice stable OC is achieved it is very difficult to revert back to stock.

    Mr Thrifty, this guy likes to get the most out of his money, and lengthening the time between upgrades helps that whole bang for buck feeling, so Mr Thrifty will usually try to overclock when the system starts to show bottlenecks with whatever game or application they are running, (I used to be this guy :) )

    As for the risks to hardware? well as long as you do your research, check out some reviews and forums, and manufacturers websites these days, you will easily learn what settings are 'safe' for your CPU/GPU. Don't let fear beat you :)
     
  10. Blackbird

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    I think it's worth it when you own an old chip, for example I have a i5-2500k (4 years old chip) it was great in that time, but as the years go by, I had to overclock it to 4.5GHz to catch up with the haswell i5 cpus, and I actually surpassed them in benchmarks at their stock speeds. So yeah I think it's worth it when your chip is kinda outdated. Will give you the boost you need to have a similar experience to the newest chips. This is from my own experience tho.
     
  11. DmitriNabatov

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    Agree, I have a i5-2500k - 4.0GHz is fine for me right now
     
  12. WieRD_WoLF

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    Definitely Overclocked. I would say using AMD overdrive just till you get a feel for the changes that you can make on the system and then implement them in the BIOS which is always a "fun" environment to run around in.
     
  13. 185-2.80GHZ

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    The ONLY problem with overclocking is increased heat and energy consumption, ideally overclocking should only be done when the performance boost won't increase energy consumption beyond an additional 30 watts, after that, your bill will go up :(
     
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    I can agree with you there as my OLDER Opteron 185 overclocked can still match stock Core 2 Duos, too bad M$FT stopped supporting them after Windows 8 64-bit, which is dumb since the core 2 duo is still supported even in Windows 10!
     
  15. selnomeria

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    Good question. However, is there any percentage measurement, on much much it increases the overall performance when overclocking a cpu?
     

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