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Alot of people are going to completely disagree with me but I'm I the only one who thinks overlocking is a waste of time?

Now listen when I had a P3 600mhz & overlocked it to 800mhz that was cool. Now this is just from experience.

Take a guy name Juan
Juan has a
P4 2.0ghz
1GB of PC2700
120GB 7200rpm HD
64MB ATI Card
Windows 2000

Take a guy name John
John has a
P4 1.8GHZ overclocked @ 2.2ghz
256MB of Ram
60GB 5400rpm HD
16MB ATI card
Windows 98

Who is going to have the faster system?
Juan of course.

If your going to overclock now a days with 3.0ghz processors it's pointless how is it going to benefit you. Your "mind" thinks your computer is faster also your going to see maybe 3 FPS more and see a speed different of 10 Nano Seconds. Now if you want to beat your record and brag to friends and look cool then thats fine with me. But really depends on the speed of everything else as well as your brain thinking it is faster. Oh yeah the Bus too.

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I agree - I don't think overclocking is worth risking the life of your cpu, motherboard, or video card. Especially with how fast computers are nowadays and how much they cost.

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Alot of people are going to completely disagree with me but I'm I the only one who thinks overlocking is a waste of time?

Now listen when I had a P3 600mhz & overlocked it to 800mhz that was cool. Now this is just from experience.

Take a guy name Juan
Juan has a
P4 2.0ghz
1GB of PC2700
120GB 7200rpm HD
64MB ATI Card
Windows 2000

Take a guy name John
John has a
P4 1.8GHZ overclocked @ 2.2ghz
256MB of Ram
60GB 5400rpm HD
16MB ATI card
Windows 98

Who is going to have the faster system?
Juan of course.

If your going to overclock now a days with 3.0ghz processors it's pointless how is it going to benefit you. Your "mind" thinks your computer is faster also your going to see maybe 3 FPS more and see a speed different of 10 Nano Seconds. Now if you want to beat your record and brag to friends and look cool then thats fine with me. But really depends on the speed of everything else as well as your brain thinking it is faster. Oh yeah the Bus too.

well for the first thing, there both p4's so meh,

second theres a serious differnece in ther system stats and the OS there using, the windows 2k takes less ram (less memory leaks) compared to windows 98

if you matched two systems side by side, you might boost the preformance quite abit with proper cooling.

but i dont nor will i ever overclock unless i have money to throw away

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I agree with you there not saying it is not going to make it "Faster" but you will never see the difference once your past the 2ghz mark. There will be a difference but seriously any normal user will not see a tab difference that is why I Disagree with overclocking.

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Take a guy name Juan
Juan has a
P4 2.0ghz
1GB of PC2700
120GB 7200rpm HD
64MB ATI Card
Windows 2000

Take a guy name John
John has a
P4 1.8GHZ overclocked @ 2.2ghz
256MB of Ram
60GB 5400rpm HD
16MB ATI card
Windows 98

Who is going to have the faster system?
Juan of course.

Well yeah, of course.

Your argument is flawed because overclocking a system isn't just about the chip, it's about everything involved in the system.

Take the CPU. Is the 2GHz machine a Willamette or Northwood core based chip?

The RAM difference is stifling, the first has 4 times the amount of the second system, and the 1.8 system may very well have SDRAM, depending on chipset.

Hard drive platter densities, along with rotational speeds have a very profound effect on a system's performance and general "feel" while operating.

The graphics subsystem could be interpreted a few different ways as well 64MB vs 16MB isn't a fair comparison, as the 16MB card is no doubt 4 or 5 years old. Are both of the cards AGP, PCI, or are they different per system? That 64MB card is definitely a Radeon based card, and that 16MB is a RAGEXL. lol The 2D performance would be just about equal, but the 3D performance would be a joke on the 16MB, I doubt you could even play a recent game as most have been requiring no less than 32MB or 64MB cards.

The operating system has a huge effect on system performance as well, and let's not forget about how 2000 thrashes 98 with comparable hardware, let alone plug and play compatibility, and driver base. There some hardware peripheral cards that won't work with 2000 because they weren't designed to be used in an OS that's primarly business use based, but that's a rather moot point now that XP has been in the market for over two years.

You're comparing apples to kiwis. They're both a fruit, but so very different.

This thread isn't even about overclocking.

Take two of John's system, and compare the overclocking with whatever tool you want. The OC'd machine will win with any CPU related test taken.

And for the record, keep your system cool, make sure the CPU has enough voltage, don't buy shitty parts (this is very pertinent), and there's no reason to fear overclocking. When you prepare for the overclock properly by purchasing quality components, and take measures to ensure that the system will be able to tolerate the increase in speed, there's no reason to even consider the chip destroying itself, your system crashing, or any of your other components deciding to fail.

That said, you can't push anything too far either. There is a ceiling to overclocking with every component, and once you hit that plateau it's time to stop pushing.

I'm not trying to tell you that just because John's system has a higher clock it's faster, just that you should probably do some research before giving sage advice on a topic you know nothing about. :)

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I agree with you there not saying it is not going to make it "Faster" but you will never see the difference once your past the 2ghz mark. There will be a difference but seriously any normal user will not see a tab difference that is why I Disagree with overclocking.

You can disagree until your blue in the face about it, but there will be someone just as inverse proportionally calm and cool about it on the flip side of the coin.

Overclocking has it's place, the enthusiasts will continue to do so until fully clock-locked chips have been implemented.

With all other components identical; two systems

an AMD Athlon XP 1700+ has a standard clock rate of 1.47GHz, multiplier of 11, and a front side bus speed of 133MHz.
Change the bus speed to 200MHz, and you have a system running at 2.2GHz.

Side by side, the 2.2GHz system will romp all over the 1.47GHz system namely because of the raw clock speed associated with it. It will boot faster, and programs will open quicker, or be waiting on the hard drive (very plausible). Change the bus speed of system 1 to 166MHz, and the gap won't be so wide concerning performance. Equal them, and of course the performance will be equal for both systems.

I'm saying that a user will probably notice such an increase in speed, but they likely wouldn't care either way. They just want it to work, and keep working a long, long, long time. Users don't like change because it upsets the harmonic balance and karma associated with a familiar machine. Work IT somewhere and you'll see.

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haha someone open a poll now see how many people think it is pointless to overclock. Now let me ask you have you ever took a look at PC MOD KINGDOM? Then you would know I like to see overlocked systems running on coolant & GAS! haha. Man I know my resources with overlocking if you want to see and push that extra 10 Nano Seconds faster that is up to you.

Juan can have a 1ghz duron machine and John have a P4 2.0ghz Juan will always smoke him. Overclocking doesn't matter anymore or make a seeable different any more whats so ever. If you disagree with me on that then so be it. I am just starting chat. No hard feeling just wanted to put out the point of "Overclocking" now a days is like putting a speedometer in your car that goes to up to 200MPH now listen

"your computer is only as fast as your slowest component"

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Just wait until you experience SNDS, then you'll think twice. However, if you've got money to burn then what the hell? Even if everything goes "properly" you can never assure a stable system.

You're right, if your overclocking a 3.0 GHz chip then what's the point? Unless, of course, it's for bragging rights.

Spend some time at an overclockers forum, it can be very tempting, especially when you hear the success stories. All in all, it looks like great fun, but most of us just can't take those kinds of risks.

~Masta

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haha someone open a poll now see how many people think it is pointless to overclock. Now let me ask you have you ever took a look at PC MOD KINGDOM? Then you would know I like to see overlocked systems running on coolant & GAS! haha. Man I know my resources with overlocking if you want to see and push that extra 10 Nano Seconds faster that is up to you.

Juan can have a 1ghz duron machine and John have a P4 2.0ghz Juan will always smoke him. Overclocking doesn't matter anymore or make a seeable different any more whats so ever. If you disagree with me on that then so be it. I am just starting chat. No hard feeling just wanted to put out the point of "Overclocking" now a days is like putting a speedometer in your car that goes to up to 200MPH now listen

"your computer is only as fast as your slowest component"

The posters on this site aren't going to care because they're biased. They all ready have a pre-conceived notion that the black plauge is going to consume their family and next of kin if they up the fsb 1MHz.

I can't get to your site because it's down. "Page cannot be displayed" is all I see. You may want to have a look at that.

You may very well know your resources concerning overclocking, but that doesn't give you the right to say that it's pointless. That's called an opinion, not factual, so take that how you may. It's a choice, just like you claimed, so leave it at that.

Same case, same motherboard, same power supply, some cheap 4MB trident video card (AGP), and same OS (XP for example):

Take that 1GHz Duron system, pair it with say 4 striped 15k 18.3gig SCSI Seagate Cheetah drives, load it up with 2gigs of decent quality DDR-RAM, an Apollo 133 chipset based board, and that thing will fly in terms of data throughput.
Put a four gig 5400 old Western Digital drive on that P4 2GHz (100fsb, 20x multi) system, 64MB of DDR-RAM and I would bet $1,000 that system isn't going to get a whole lot of work done as far as data throughput, but it won't be far ahead of the "lowly" Duron in terms of CPU power either.

There are different areas of performance.

And when you say ""your computer is only as fast as your slowest component," I say "that's the component I need to replace or make faster."

And more often than not, the hard drive is the culprit. A 7200rpm drive just does not put out enough sustained data transfer to sufficiently choke a system. The other components of the system all wait (either directly or indirectly) for the drives to spin up, seek to the correct sector on the drive, read the information from the platter, put it into cache, and be spit back out across the PCI bus that it's almost an exercise in futility when it comes to using a disk drive.

Tell me, would you rather use a 48x cd-rom drive, or a 2x cd-rom drive to pull data from a 700MB disk? That's what it feels like to me when using a 5400rpm drive compared to a 7200rpm drive (and I have two of them in a stripe set if you're concerned).

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Just wait until you experience SNDS, then you'll think twice. However, if you've got money to burn then what the hell? Even if everything goes "properly" you can never assure a stable system.

You're right, if your overclocking a 3.0 GHz chip then what's the point? Unless, of course, it's for bragging rights.

Spend some time at an overclockers forum, it can be very tempting, especially when you hear the success stories. All in all, it looks like great fun, but most of us just can't take those kinds of risks.

~Masta

SNDS? System Near Death Syndrome? :lol:

Of course there's always a risk involved, but that doesn't mean good clean overclocks without issue cannot be obtained.

OC'ing a recently released 3GHz chip to 3.6 means nothing. Taking a 2.4 to 3.6 is an accomplishment. 3.0 to 3.6 is a 20% increase in raw speed. 2.4 to 3.6 is a 50% increase in raw speed. Huge difference.

I just advocate overclocking, I don't push it on people. If they want to know more about it, I'll forward them on. But if I don't know, I'll try my damnedest to get them to the right place.

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I agree with you 100% oh yeah forget to tell you Tek is the owner of that site there used to I think still is a ton of pictures I believe 800MB of pictures I am right Tek? I gave him the owner ship of the site when I couldn't maintain 800MB of pictures & thumbnails. Also most of them are cool computer pictures places I worked etc ever see a ISP Backbone haha that all the way to this topic of overclocking. Anywho I agree with you 100% but to me overclocking as of "now" as of today, as of todays technology to me, and I am not speaking for the world, is completely pointless.

Thats My Two Cents

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SNDS? System Near Death Syndrome?


Ummm, no. Sudden Northwood Death Syndrome, for Pentium chips anyway. I have no experience with AMD chips.


Of course there's always a risk involved, but that doesn't mean good clean overclocks without issue cannot be obtained.


I never said they couldn't, like I said, for the average Joe with little expendable income this practice is not advised.


Taking a 2.4 to 3.6 is an accomplishment.


I agree. I should make it clear that I am not against overclocking in any shape or form, I am just sending a message to anyone who isn't aware that there are substantial risks involved, e.g. loss of money and possible hardware failure even beyond the chip itself; not to mention the bruised ego for those who will inevitably muck it up.

~Masta

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Why has my font changed in those last couple of sentences?

All I did was type it in notepad, spell check it in word and then paste it here. Oh well, not important. Heh.

~Masta

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Right. For all that wish to get involved, all they need to do is perform a little bit of research and get some knowledge in their brains, be sensible about things, and they'll be fine. :)

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mad dog ur not the only one, i think u have ur point. Overclocking is dangerous sometimes and i don't see the point of overclocking a fast comp. Well only if u have a crappy one. :lol:

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Right. For all that wish to get involved, all they need to do is perform a little bit of research and get some knowledge in their brains, be sensible about things, and they'll be fine. :)

Precisely, don't be a dumbass about it and make sure you have the means to handle anything unexpected. I agree.

~Masta

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Hey man chill man lol this is just a fourm all I said I think overclocking "now a days" is completely pointless wanted to see if I was not alone at least here.

Get with the times no need to overclock a 3ghz!

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