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Old 10-31-2009, 02:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am not really ready to overclock yet. don't really know much about it I am starting slowly with other BIOS settings.

Looking at the CPU Features in the BIOS right now.

I have a couple features that are disabled right now:

Intel SpeedStep and Virtualization Technology.
My processor is a i7 950, and should be capable of both.

what are my advantages/disadvantages of having this disabled/enabled?

Going to intels site... obviously they only mention the advantages.

not sure if it matters but..
Computer usage: My son playing his game in the evening. me working on larger graphic files during day time hours. lots of multi tasking.


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Old 10-31-2009, 02:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Virtualization technology enables the use of virtual machines, Speedstep is an energy saving feature. It basically lowers the CPU's clock/voltage when it's idle.

I would turn off Speedstep and leave Virtualization tech on.

This helped me with overclocking my i7 (when you want to get into it):
Intel Core i7-920 Overclocking Guide - X-bit labs

EVGA E758 A1 | Core i7 920 @ 4ghz | 6GB DDR3 1600 OCZ Gold | XFX 6870 CF | Corsair TX850 | Cooler Master HAF 932 | Water Cooled
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Thanks! I have a weekend with nothing to do. I may just learn about OC'ing a little.
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