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Old 05-19-2009, 10:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default what is overclocking and how do i do it?

hey guys, the name says it all. Ive seen alot of people talk about overclock and what not, and i have no clue what it is. Im guessing its a good thing, so i wanted to know how to do it.

this is my cpu: Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor - Processors - Desktops


is it even possible to overclock? is it worth it?

if so, how do i do it!?


all help is much appreciated, take care
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Default Re: what is overclocking and how do i do it?

Moved thread to the right subforum for ya.

It's VERY possible to overclock that CPU. Even on stock cooling, you can get a nice easy boost in your performance.

Overclocking via the BIOS is your best bet. I believe you picked up the same motherboard as me, so I can help you out if you like.
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Default Re: what is overclocking and how do i do it?

here ya go, basically overclocking is pushing your hardware past what it is designed for. My i7 for instance is stock clocked at 2.67ghz but i have it overclocked to run at 4.0ghz and i can get it to 4.5ghz

here is a guide to get you started
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Make sure you go into overclocking with a lot of patience and tolerance. It is really a process of trial and error: setting values, testing, tuning, repeating. To get a high stable overclock will probably take you quite a while to fine tune. You also want some good cooling to get the most out of it.
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that's for sure, if you don't have patience then it might not be for you.....hahahaha i don't know how many times i've restarted my computer to make a tiny adjustment LOL!
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yea, there are a lot of people that go into overclocking thinking they can just up the FSB or HTT and they're set. You can certainly do that and run a few suicide benchmarks, but for the real deal you need to really investigate overclocking to your specific hardware and really understand what is involved. New chips are completely different too, so just because you overclocked a certain CPU doesn't mean you know how to get another CPU at the same or higher speeds. In other words, keep reading, reading, reading, and test what you read (there's a ton of guides across the web).
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yea, there are a lot of people that go into overclocking thinking they can just up the FSB or HTT and they're set. You can certainly do that and run a few suicide benchmarks
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dang you and your D0........hahahaha *green with envy*
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