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Is it worth it to overclock i5 3570k for gaming?

I'm using stock cooler and currently am at 3.9GHz. Not gonna push further as prime95 has high temps(80+ on small FFTs) after 4.0GHz. Would it give me noticeable extra performance in games? Will be also getting 7870 tahiti le.
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  1. Not really, it is mostly based on what GPU you have. IMO, OC a CPU for gaming is not worth it. OC the GPU though is a different story.
  2. I had actually downclocked my 3570K to 3.0 and I was still able to get a solid 60 fps with vsync on Skyrim, which is a CPU dependent game.
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    I have an amd 8350 and the Sapphire 7870xt(tahiti) and have found that the combination works well. The gpu overclocks very well as can the cpu but for what purpose! The extra heat and shortened lifespan of your parts for a percentage increase in fps at this time seems misplaced. Wait until your hardware is more dated and actually needs the oc potential to play future games.

    arrpee
  4. This really depends on the game you are playing. There are a few games out there where it will matter. Starcraft II, Crysis 3 and Planetside 2 come to mind.
  5. Your already running a somewhat decent overclock, and the 3570k isn't exactly a slouch at stock speeds. You could clock it further if you were to put on some decent cooling, but there would be no objective reason too.
  6. splinter007 said:
    I had actually downclocked my 3570K to 3.0 and I was still able to get a solid 60 fps with vsync on Skyrim, which is a CPU dependent game.


    3570k is a powerful cpu itself...you dont need to overclock it
    it will adjust automatically with respect to games
  7. spirosronto said:
    I'm using stock cooler and currently am at 3.9GHz. Not gonna push further as prime95 has high temps(80+ on small FFTs) after 4.0GHz. Would it give me noticeable extra performance in games? Will be also getting 7870 tahiti le.


    My mates 2500k will demoloish every game on the market at stock clocks, so the answer is no. I can foresee the new x86 chipped consoles helping to push game resources up somewhat, but given the power restrictions of those processors it is unlikely there will be any games that a recent intel quad wont be able to handle at stock.
  8. chriss000 said:
    spirosronto said:
    I'm using stock cooler and currently am at 3.9GHz. Not gonna push further as prime95 has high temps(80+ on small FFTs) after 4.0GHz. Would it give me noticeable extra performance in games? Will be also getting 7870 tahiti le.


    My mates 2500k will demoloish every game on the market at stock clocks, so the answer is no. I can foresee the new x86 chipped consoles helping to push game resources up somewhat, but given the power restrictions of those processors it is unlikely there will be any games that a recent intel quad wont be able to handle at stock.


    Exactly...good to know we are on the same page LOL!!!
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