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overclocking - do you keep your PC overclocked all of the time?

Chocobo 1,514 493 August 19, 2012 at 05:04 AM
I've been using computers for decades but the one thing I never learned about until recently is overclocking. I have an i5 2500k with a safe overclock to 4GHz (didn't want to go crazy when I'm only just learning about this stuff.)

I was curious, do most people leave their processor overclocked permanently? Or is it common to overclock when you know you'll be gaming or doing processor intensive stuff a lot, and going back to normal settings later?

Obviously it varies from person to person and whether you're going for an extreme overclock or not... but in general do most overclockers do this a certain way?

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It would depend on many factors, like if the overclock is done with a program that runs in Windows, or if all the changes have to be made in the bios, which is a PITA to do, so few people would go to the trouble of removing the OC when they don't need it.
Then there are those who take the OC to the limits and worry about premature death of certain components, so they might have a tendency to turn it on and off according to needs, but for an average overclock that barely affects the temps and is 100% stable, I would suppose that most people in that situation, would just leave it on all the time.
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There's no real need to adjust the overclock up and down. Most processors nowadays scale themselves automatically. The overclock essentially scales the top end. So, when my computer is idling (i7 2600k OCed to something like 4.6GHz), it's still running at around 1.6Ghz just like stock.
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it's automatically - my i5 2500k drops multiplier to 13 in idle, under load it reaches 43
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Ask the overclocker sites, like Overclockers.com, Overclockers.com.au, and HardOCP, about your particular motherboard because they'll know which ones hold up best when stressed. Sometimes companies produce budget and deluxe versions of the same motherboard, with different maximum power ratings for the CPU. I wouldn't worry if my CPU ran well below that rating or if all the capacitors around the CPU socket were Japanese.
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Sometimes going for "extreme" (insert definition of "extreme" here) overclocks have to turn off CPU and voltage throttling (power saving) because the PC doesn't like going from one extreme to the other. I'd say most people leave the power saving stuff on and it works fine.
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Since my temps are fine on idle I just let me processor sit at it's OC 24/7 for the past one and a half years now.
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Sometimes, I am also confused for this.
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I would say the rule of thumb is as long as you didn't increase the voltage (or barely touched it) you can safely leave it on 24/7. but otherwise you are shortening the lifespan of the CPU by keeping it overvolted, and should reduce the OC if you want to keep your CPU alive for longer - assuming temps and stability are OK as well, if they aren't then you should reduce your OC.
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Quote from slapshot136 View Post :
I would say the rule of thumb is as long as you didn't increase the voltage (or barely touched it) you can safely leave it on 24/7. but otherwise you are shortening the lifespan of the CPU by keeping it overvolted, and should reduce the OC if you want to keep your CPU alive for longer - assuming temps and stability are OK as well, if they aren't then you should reduce your OC.
Mines at 1.3, Stock is 1.2 o-o. I've been worried about my CPU degrading as well, but so far I haven't had any issues.
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Mines at 1.3, Stock is 1.2 o-o. I've been worried about my CPU degrading as well, but so far I haven't had any issues.
If you are saying that your CPU is a 1.2 GHz and it's clocked up to 1.3, there's no way that will damage it in any way.
One has to overclock to the edge of instability and higher temps, to cause degradation.
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If you are saying that your CPU is a 1.2 GHz and it's clocked up to 1.3, there's no way that will damage it in any way.
One has to overclock to the edge of instability and higher temps, to cause degradation.
1.2Volt to 1.3volt
From 3.06 ghz to 4.1 ghz.
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Quote from APhamX View Post :
1.2Volt to 1.3volt
From 3.06 ghz to 4.1 ghz.
I would expect your CPU to last about 4-5 years, instead of the 10+ a stock one would last (with proper cooling + voltage regulation/etc.)
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I would expect your CPU to last about 4-5 years, instead of the 10+ a stock one would last (with proper cooling + voltage regulation/etc.)
That's long enough, I'm deciding to go through an upgrade when Haswell comes out.
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Back when I still did overclock I would make sure my temps were stable even under load, run a stress test, and then just leave it overclocked all the time. Nowadays it's not really worth it for me. The only thing I could use it for is Boinc units, but all my points come from my GPU on that anyway.
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