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Posted: 2/14/2013 1:52:41 PM EDT
Finally hit 4 GHz on my 955BE (223 * 18). Stock speed is 3.2 (25% overclock). Stable at 61 deg C for about half an hour on Prime 95 (max temp is 62). Yes, I'm a nerd.


Link Posted: 2/14/2013 1:54:00 PM EDT


61C seems kinda high. What sort of HSF you got there?


Speed
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 1:54:03 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 1:55:54 PM EDT
wish I had some of you guys around for a tutitorial
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 1:56:19 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Paul:
Life is too short to not over-clock: my CPU, my RAM, and my video cards are all over-clocked to the max.


Ludicrous speed!
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 1:56:43 PM EDT
Originally Posted By AL50bmgshooter:
wish I had some of you guys around for a tutitorial


Just set a clock under your computer and then your computer will be overclocked.

Link Posted: 2/14/2013 1:57:27 PM EDT
Now get some liquid N2.
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 1:58:18 PM EDT

Originally Posted By speedracer422:


61C seems kinda high. What sort of HSF you got there?


Speed

I purposely went as high as possible without exceeding the max temp, with all 4 cores running at 100% (obviously, this wouldn't happen for any length of time except during stress-testing).

I have a Corsair H50 water cooler. I also replaced the power supply fan and case fans with high volume 120mm fans, so there is a lot of airflow through the case.
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 1:58:19 PM EDT
Not bad.

I run my ivybridge i7 at 4.5ghz just under 1.3volts.

It gets to about 81c running prime95 for awhile.
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 1:59:01 PM EDT

Originally Posted By AL50bmgshooter:
wish I had some of you guys around for a tutitorial

There are plenty of places to learn it, but, while I'm an old school BIOS overclocker and will always be so, there are a lot of free utilities nowadays where you can modestly overclock your CPU, RAM, and GPU by simply sliding a bar


Speed
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 2:02:15 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/14/2013 2:05:11 PM EDT by JBski]
Meh, I've been running 3.9 at stock voltage for almost 2 years now with mine...



Edit: I noticed my temps are better, too.

I am running a Sunbeam Core contact freezer 120, and the whole thing sits in an Antec 900 case.

Edit 2: The highest temp I've ever seen with mine is about 56C in intel burn test, and that was with a dust caked CPU cooler (the Antec 900 does not keep the dust out, a tradeoff for all of those fans/airflow)
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 2:03:44 PM EDT
Originally Posted By speedracer422:

Originally Posted By AL50bmgshooter:
wish I had some of you guys around for a tutitorial

There are plenty of places to learn it, but, while I'm an old school BIOS overclocker and will always be so, there are a lot of free utilities nowadays where you can modestly overclock your CPU, RAM, and GPU by simply sliding a bar


Speed


it used to be an art. lol getting all the timings and voltages just right, cutting traces and using grafite pens to connect factory traces. modifing mother boards, etc.

used to love finding max stable overclock for a system, then backing it off a little for just in case, then having the chip die in 1.5 years. lol i'd overclock a toaster if i could.

kids have it to easy now-a-days.
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 2:04:29 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Paul:
Life is too short to not over-clock: my CPU, my RAM, and my video cards are all over-clocked to the max.


Life's too short to have to replace good hardware too early in it's life cycle, because you didn't run it inside its designed parameters.

Overclocking hasn't made a difference in anything besides benchmarks since the Celeron 300A
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 2:05:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By MMcCall:
Originally Posted By Paul:
Life is too short to not over-clock: my CPU, my RAM, and my video cards are all over-clocked to the max.


Life's too short to have to replace good hardware too early in it's life cycle, because you didn't run it inside its designed parameters.

Overclocking hasn't made a difference in anything besides benchmarks since the Celeron 300A




Speed
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 2:06:13 PM EDT
I haven't felt the need to OC anything in quite some time. When your computer can run everything on max at 55+ fps, it matters less...

But yeah I remember back in the early to mid 2000s when every 2 years just about you'd need a new rig to play whatever whizbang new game was out... that hasn't been true for 5-6 years or more though.
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 2:06:25 PM EDT
Wow! I'll bet it really makes a difference when you are surfing ARFCOM.
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 2:06:54 PM EDT
5ghz off of my FX8150 at 48C stable.
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 2:07:34 PM EDT
Originally Posted By landlord:
Originally Posted By speedracer422:

Originally Posted By AL50bmgshooter:
wish I had some of you guys around for a tutitorial

There are plenty of places to learn it, but, while I'm an old school BIOS overclocker and will always be so, there are a lot of free utilities nowadays where you can modestly overclock your CPU, RAM, and GPU by simply sliding a bar


Speed


it used to be an art. lol getting all the timings and voltages just right, cutting traces and using grafite pens to connect factory traces. modifing mother boards, etc.

used to love finding max stable overclock for a system, then backing it off a little for just in case, then having the chip die in 1.5 years. lol i'd overclock a toaster if i could.

kids have it to easy now-a-days.


I've got a 4500+ BE sitting on my desk that has a faulty core from running most of its life overvolted @ 3.5 ghz, I learned my lesson, and just went for the fastest clock at stock voltage for my 955.
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 2:07:44 PM EDT
I'm at 3.94 on a 975be.
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 2:08:38 PM EDT

Originally Posted By landlord:
Originally Posted By speedracer422:

Originally Posted By AL50bmgshooter:
wish I had some of you guys around for a tutitorial

There are plenty of places to learn it, but, while I'm an old school BIOS overclocker and will always be so, there are a lot of free utilities nowadays where you can modestly overclock your CPU, RAM, and GPU by simply sliding a bar


Speed


it used to be an art. lol getting all the timings and voltages just right, cutting traces and using grafite pens to connect factory traces. modifing mother boards, etc.

used to love finding max stable overclock for a system, then backing it off a little for just in case, then having the chip die in 1.5 years. lol i'd overclock a toaster if i could.

kids have it to easy now-a-days.

I recall tracing a line on a gfx card, but I swear I must have always bought the worst fucking ram because nobody's recommendations would ever work for me
It was a solid day or 2 of trial and error; timings, dividers, voltage, etc...until I could run Prime95 overnight and score a decent 3dmark number and call it good.

Then, it was time to start hacking cfg files and make a game look like a fucking Pixar movie


Speed
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 2:08:55 PM EDT
Originally Posted By MMcCall:
Originally Posted By Paul:
Life is too short to not over-clock: my CPU, my RAM, and my video cards are all over-clocked to the max.


Life's too short to have to replace good hardware too early in it's life cycle, because you didn't run it inside its designed parameters.

Overclocking hasn't made a difference in anything besides benchmarks since the Celeron 300A


bull. i've taken setups from "can barely run that" to "wow its smooth"
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 2:09:09 PM EDT
4.5ish on my i5 2500k.

Near stock voltage.

Stays ice cool.
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 2:09:46 PM EDT
Originally Posted By landlord:
Originally Posted By MMcCall:
Originally Posted By Paul:
Life is too short to not over-clock: my CPU, my RAM, and my video cards are all over-clocked to the max.


Life's too short to have to replace good hardware too early in it's life cycle, because you didn't run it inside its designed parameters.

Overclocking hasn't made a difference in anything besides benchmarks since the Celeron 300A


bull. i've taken setups from "can barely run that" to "wow its smooth"


Yep...
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 2:10:45 PM EDT
Originally Posted By speedracer422:

Originally Posted By AL50bmgshooter:
wish I had some of you guys around for a tutitorial

There are plenty of places to learn it, but, while I'm an old school BIOS overclocker and will always be so, there are a lot of free utilities nowadays where you can modestly overclock your CPU, RAM, and GPU by simply sliding a bar


Speed


I didn't really get into overclocking until about 5 years ago when I finally put together a modern desktop to replace a burned out Pentium III laptop. I've never used the silly "dial an overclock" programs that are out there for anything other than my video card.
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 2:10:59 PM EDT
Overclocking was great when i felt like building a machine every 8-14 months since they would burn up. My current machine is 5 years old. I'll get a new one when the Elder Scrolls MMO comes out.
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 2:11:24 PM EDT
Originally Posted By speedracer422:

Originally Posted By landlord:
Originally Posted By speedracer422:

Originally Posted By AL50bmgshooter:
wish I had some of you guys around for a tutitorial

There are plenty of places to learn it, but, while I'm an old school BIOS overclocker and will always be so, there are a lot of free utilities nowadays where you can modestly overclock your CPU, RAM, and GPU by simply sliding a bar


Speed


it used to be an art. lol getting all the timings and voltages just right, cutting traces and using grafite pens to connect factory traces. modifing mother boards, etc.

used to love finding max stable overclock for a system, then backing it off a little for just in case, then having the chip die in 1.5 years. lol i'd overclock a toaster if i could.

kids have it to easy now-a-days.

I recall tracing a line on a gfx card, but I swear I must have always bought the worst fucking ram because nobody's recommendations would ever work for me
It was a solid day or 2 of trial and error; timings, dividers, voltage, etc...until I could run Prime95 overnight and score a decent 3dmark number and call it good.

Then, it was time to start hacking cfg files and make a game look like a fucking Pixar movie


Speed


ram timings were always a bitch to get right.

i was king at modifying old cpu HSFs for the northbridge. i'd get those so hot, it was usually the first place for failure for me.
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 2:11:48 PM EDT
Originally Posted By TheJacket:
4.5ish on my i5 2500k.

Near stock voltage.

Stays ice cool.


settings?
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 2:12:29 PM EDT
Originally Posted By JBski:
Originally Posted By landlord:
Originally Posted By speedracer422:

Originally Posted By AL50bmgshooter:
wish I had some of you guys around for a tutitorial

There are plenty of places to learn it, but, while I'm an old school BIOS overclocker and will always be so, there are a lot of free utilities nowadays where you can modestly overclock your CPU, RAM, and GPU by simply sliding a bar


Speed


it used to be an art. lol getting all the timings and voltages just right, cutting traces and using grafite pens to connect factory traces. modifing mother boards, etc.

used to love finding max stable overclock for a system, then backing it off a little for just in case, then having the chip die in 1.5 years. lol i'd overclock a toaster if i could.

kids have it to easy now-a-days.


I've got a 4500+ BE sitting on my desk that has a faulty core from running most of its life overvolted @ 3.5 ghz, I learned my lesson, and just went for the fastest clock at stock voltage for my 955.


i too now keep my over clocks at stock voltage. I'm getting less risk taking in my old age.
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 2:14:37 PM EDT
Originally Posted By speedracer422:

Originally Posted By landlord:
Originally Posted By speedracer422:

Originally Posted By AL50bmgshooter:
wish I had some of you guys around for a tutitorial

There are plenty of places to learn it, but, while I'm an old school BIOS overclocker and will always be so, there are a lot of free utilities nowadays where you can modestly overclock your CPU, RAM, and GPU by simply sliding a bar


Speed


it used to be an art. lol getting all the timings and voltages just right, cutting traces and using grafite pens to connect factory traces. modifing mother boards, etc.

used to love finding max stable overclock for a system, then backing it off a little for just in case, then having the chip die in 1.5 years. lol i'd overclock a toaster if i could.

kids have it to easy now-a-days.

I recall tracing a line on a gfx card, but I swear I must have always bought the worst fucking ram because nobody's recommendations would ever work for me
It was a solid day or 2 of trial and error; timings, dividers, voltage, etc...until I could run Prime95 overnight and score a decent 3dmark number and call it good.

Then, it was time to start hacking cfg files and make a game look like a fucking Pixar movie


Speed


Oh yeah, lots of time consuming dicking around to get my stable clock. I can boot at 4 ghz at stock voltage with my chip, too, but it isn't stable, and due to prior experience I don't really want to bump the voltage up, even if it most likely won't take much to get it stable.

Of course, it helps a lot to have a good mobo when you do this, too. I use an Asus M4A89TD Pro/usb3 board, and its been great so far. Good luck with OCZ Reapr memory, too.
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 2:18:01 PM EDT

Originally Posted By JBski:
Originally Posted By speedracer422:

Originally Posted By landlord:
Originally Posted By speedracer422:

Originally Posted By AL50bmgshooter:


Oh yeah, lots of time consuming dicking around to get my stable clock. I can boot at 4 ghz at stock voltage with my chip, too, but it isn't stable, and due to prior experience I don't really want to bump the voltage up, even if it most likely won't take much to get it stable.

Of course, it helps a lot to have a good mobo when you do this, too. I use an Asus M4A89TD Pro/usb3 board, and its been great so far. Good luck with OCZ Reapr memory, too.

It changes so much and I haven't kept up with it.
Asus used to be my go to brand, but last time (this was 4 years ago maybe) I went with a Gigabyte board and E8500 and was very impressed.


Speed
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 2:19:12 PM EDT
I was overclocking back in the stone ages. Harris Farinon made a 80286 that ran at 20 MHz. But I couldn't find a math coprocessor above 12 MHz so an Intel chip was put in. I put a huge heat sink on it, then a powerful fan. It worked for a few years until I could upgrade.

Yes, this was back before any AWB.
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 2:20:00 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/14/2013 2:22:31 PM EDT by Alien]
Nice. I'm an overclocking junkie and watercool my stuff. However it's been 4 years since my last upgrade. Monday my new CPU (i7-3770k), Motherboard (ASRock Z77 Extreme4), and RAM (G.skill "sniper" 1833 2x8GB DDR3) will be here and I'm gonna overclock that thing to the moon on watercooling. Most people seem to be able to easily get 4.5-4.6GHz with rock solid reliable stability.

Current Q8400 CPU is 2.66GHz stock and I've got it running at 3.2GHz. My make/model of processor turned out to not be the most exciting when it comes to overclocking. But it's history on Monday.
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 2:20:23 PM EDT
I'm having trouble getting my memory to work with my CPU OC'd. I was able to get my Q8400 to run at 3.6ghz with an aftermarket cooler just fine, but kept getting 'low memory' errors. The last time I overclocked I had to use jumpers, so these memory bus speed things are kinda new to me.
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 2:21:15 PM EDT

Originally Posted By JBski:
Meh, I've been running 3.9 at stock voltage for almost 2 years now with mine...

http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd79/brownj255/10-15-2011.jpg

Edit: I noticed my temps are better, too.

I am running a Sunbeam Core contact freezer 120, and the whole thing sits in an Antec 900 case.

Edit 2: The highest temp I've ever seen with mine is about 56C in intel burn test, and that was with a dust caked CPU cooler (the Antec 900 does not keep the dust out, a tradeoff for all of those fans/airflow)
Nice. I'll probably upgrade my cooler when I get a new MB/CPU; the Corsair is OK, but there are definitely better coolers out there. It sounds like you got a slightly better chip than I did; mine isn't stable @ 3.9 @ stock voltage. I only had to bump it up by the smallest increment (can't remember now what it was) to get to 4.0. I'll bet you could get yours to at least 4.1.

Link Posted: 2/14/2013 2:22:07 PM EDT
For grins, here is my first system that I overclocked.

I bought an off the shelf Acer refurb, and then went crazy when I couldn't play any games on it, due the inherant crappines of the Acer mobo.

I was able to pack in the Sunbeam cooler, and an HD2900 pro into this case.



Aww yeah, I could even put the case side back into place (after some mods) temps were obviously on the hot side. I had a dial up modem in that case for a while just below the video card, and it warped the plastic case which protects the internals of the modem.

Link Posted: 2/14/2013 2:22:58 PM EDT
Originally Posted By MMcCall:
Originally Posted By Paul:
Life is too short to not over-clock: my CPU, my RAM, and my video cards are all over-clocked to the max.


Life's too short to have to replace good hardware too early in it's life cycle, because you didn't run it inside its designed parameters.

Overclocking hasn't made a difference in anything besides benchmarks since the Celeron 300A


So you obviously use your computer for nothing but email and youtube. Clock speed makes a measurable difference in many applications.
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 2:23:18 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/14/2013 2:26:13 PM EDT by MMcCall]
Originally Posted By landlord:
Originally Posted By MMcCall:
Originally Posted By Paul:
Life is too short to not over-clock: my CPU, my RAM, and my video cards are all over-clocked to the max.


Life's too short to have to replace good hardware too early in it's life cycle, because you didn't run it inside its designed parameters.

Overclocking hasn't made a difference in anything besides benchmarks since the Celeron 300A


bull. i've taken setups from "can barely run that" to "wow its smooth"


Any OC high enough to make that much difference in usability is going to be unstable as hell. I've done it, I've spent weekends troubleshooting the outcome, I'm too old for that shit.

Originally Posted By Itscomminrightforus:
So you obviously use your computer for nothing but email and youtube. Clock speed makes a measurable difference in many applications.


It sure does.. but going from 3.5gHz to 4gHz means pretty much jack shit to any app out there. I'm running an SB i7 and NV660ti at stock timings, and nothing out there including the current crop of FPS's can hurt it.

I maintain that OCing is an anachronism with today's hardware.
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 2:24:09 PM EDT
I'm still running a stock 955BE at home. It's time to upgrade.

The i5-2400 in my work PC runs my ray caster quite a bit faster
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 2:25:38 PM EDT
Originally Posted By absael:

Originally Posted By JBski:
Meh, I've been running 3.9 at stock voltage for almost 2 years now with mine...

http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd79/brownj255/10-15-2011.jpg

Edit: I noticed my temps are better, too.

I am running a Sunbeam Core contact freezer 120, and the whole thing sits in an Antec 900 case.

Edit 2: The highest temp I've ever seen with mine is about 56C in intel burn test, and that was with a dust caked CPU cooler (the Antec 900 does not keep the dust out, a tradeoff for all of those fans/airflow)
Nice. I'll probably upgrade my cooler when I get a new MB/CPU; the Corsair is OK, but there are definitely better coolers out there. It sounds like you got a slightly better chip than I did; mine isn't stable @ 3.9 @ stock voltage. I only had to bump it up by the smallest increment (can't remember now what it was) to get to 4.0. I'll bet you could get yours to at least 4.1.



While posting over at Toms hardware, the consensus was that I got a really good one. I bet I could go much farther if I really wanted to, which may happen when I eventually upgrade to something new. The computer equivalent of tossing a 150 shot of nitrous into a beater Ford Escort, if you will.

Link Posted: 2/14/2013 2:36:47 PM EDT
Originally Posted By LuckyDucky:
Originally Posted By Paul:
Life is too short to not over-clock: my CPU, my RAM, and my video cards are all over-clocked to the max.


Ludicrous speed!

Screw that...I want Plaid Speed!
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 2:41:06 PM EDT

Originally Posted By MMcCall:
Originally Posted By Paul:
Life is too short to not over-clock: my CPU, my RAM, and my video cards are all over-clocked to the max.


Life's too short to have to replace good hardware too early in it's life cycle, because you didn't run it inside its designed parameters.

Overclocking hasn't made a difference in anything besides benchmarks since the Celeron 300A

I use to have my Celeron 333 clocked to 500, ran seti at home, other distributed computing crap, back when I gave a shit and played games.

Now I plug and play whatever comes out of the box.




Link Posted: 2/14/2013 2:59:37 PM EDT
Originally Posted By DonKey153:
Originally Posted By TheJacket:
4.5ish on my i5 2500k.

Near stock voltage.

Stays ice cool.


settings?


I can check when I get home.

I'm pretty sure I just upped the multiplier, ran prime 95 overnight, then upped it more... Then more.. Until failure. Once it failed, I upped the voltage a small amount and ran prime95 again.
.
Sorry if I'm not making sense. No sleep.
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 3:00:51 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/14/2013 3:06:05 PM EDT by evo462]
Meh, I hit over 4.0 GHz using auto OC in my BIOS on an Intel 2500k i5

Not trying to poopoo on your parade, that's just the Intel fanboy in me coming out.
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 3:03:33 PM EDT
I used to overclock a lot but now I leave the CPU alone and just bump the GPU/GDDR a hair.

Link Posted: 2/14/2013 3:21:48 PM EDT
I dunno, I thought I would never OC anymore either but why not have the CPU throttle to 4.5ghz instead of 3.9ghz when it it needs it?

I did give up on OC'ing RAM though, waste of time.

CPU and GPU for me only now.
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 3:23:05 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/14/2013 3:23:25 PM EDT by Keekleberrys]
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 3:27:47 PM EDT
Originally Posted By MillerSHO:
I dunno, I thought I would never OC anymore either but why not have the CPU throttle to 4.5ghz instead of 3.9ghz when it it needs it?

I did give up on OC'ing RAM though, waste of time.

CPU and GPU for me only now.


Because in most cases, a user isn't CPU bound. There are edge use-cases that will max all the cores you have.. rendering, compiling, etc. but for the vast majority of home users, they're going to peg their RAM or GPU long before the processor maxes out. The trade-off in stability just isn't worth the marginal gain in speed IMO.. especially when you're talking about 3.5gHz+, it's just running up a benchmark, you're not going to "feel" it.
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 3:32:59 PM EDT
Isn't 4.014 gigahertz where that chick on Contacct found the alien message?
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 3:40:53 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/14/2013 3:43:42 PM EDT by AkXb70]

Originally Posted By MMcCall:
Originally Posted By Paul:
Life is too short to not over-clock: my CPU, my RAM, and my video cards are all over-clocked to the max.


Life's too short to have to replace good hardware too early in it's life cycle, because you didn't run it inside its designed parameters.

Overclocking hasn't made a difference in anything besides benchmarks since the Celeron 300A

I've been running a 3GHz Core 2 Duo at 4.0GHz for 4 1/2 years now with no ill effects. A 33% clock rate difference is very noticable.
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 3:43:10 PM EDT
dammit, now I have to build a better computer than all of you

brb
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 3:49:14 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/14/2013 3:50:42 PM EDT by sharky30]
I was too lazy to put much into it so I'm only at 3.4GHz on my Q9550 and 3GHz on my E7300
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