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April 24, 2014 3:06:24 PM

If I water cool my cpu will I see a noticeable difference to my system's performance (gaming and in general)?
My cpu gets pretty hot sometimes, around 60-90 °C depending on what game i'm playing.

Intel Core i7 2600
Cores 4
Threads 8
Name Intel Core i7 2600
Code Name Sandy Bridge
Package Socket 1155 LGA
Technology 32nm
Specification Intel Core i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40GHz
Family 6
Extended Family 6
Model A
Extended Model 2A
Stepping 7
Revision D2
Instructions MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, Intel 64, NX, VMX, AES, AVX
Virtualization Supported, Disabled
Hyperthreading Supported, Enabled
Fan Speed 962 RPM
Bus Speed 99.8 MHz
Stock Core Speed 3400 MHz
Stock Bus Speed 100 MHz
Average Temperature 62 °C <------- World of Warcraft running
Caches
L1 Data Cache Size 4 x 32 KBytes
L1 Instructions Cache Size 4 x 32 KBytes
L2 Unified Cache Size 4 x 256 KBytes
L3 Unified Cache Size 8192 KBytes
Cores
Core Speed Multiplier Bus Speed Temperature Threads
Core 0 3492.2 MHz x 35.0 99.8 MHz 64 °C APIC ID: 0, 1
Core 1 1596.4 MHz x 16.0 99.8 MHz 62 °C APIC ID: 2, 3
Core 2 3592.0 MHz x 36.0 99.8 MHz 62 °C APIC ID: 4, 5
Core 3 1596.4 MHz x 16.0 99.8 MHz 59 °C APIC ID: 6, 7
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April 24, 2014 3:17:03 PM

Temps mean nothing for performance. The way to get better performance is through over locking and water cooling will allow you to over clock more
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April 24, 2014 3:19:58 PM

Yes and no to your main question.

You should see better performance.While a CPU get's hot it strains it self and does slow down a little but not much.Very little to nothing that you will not see the difference.

And to the second part of your question.Yes water cooling is a good option but all so a risky option.If you spring a leak or leave kinks in hose or hose pops off 90% of the time there goes some computer part.

I have a system that is cooled by nothing but fans and my cpu is a AMD Phenom II x4 965.I keep it around 29c or 83f
Even while gaming on max settings.

Do you have a after market cooler on your cpu.If not i would recommend on getting one.
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April 24, 2014 3:20:27 PM

Jameson Clark outlined it nicely.

You however do not have a K series CPU, so overclocking is not really an option.

Moreover, you would only see a performance increase from overclocking if your CPU was throttling from the temperatures it produced. Even at 90C it likely isn't throttling, though it is very toasty.

What's your GPU? You may see more of a benefit from upgrading that.
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April 24, 2014 4:19:53 PM

JOOK-D said:
Jameson Clark outlined it nicely.

You however do not have a K series CPU, so overclocking is not really an option.

Moreover, you would only see a performance increase from overclocking if your CPU was throttling from the temperatures it produced. Even at 90C it likely isn't throttling, though it is very toasty.

What's your GPU? You may see more of a benefit from upgrading that.


I have a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 gpu which gives me very smooth performance on bf4 maxxed settings. I guess ill just wait for a year or two to get a high end cpu and water cooling (or untill my current cpu fails)
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April 24, 2014 6:34:44 PM

Hell my evga GTX 550 TI super clocked buy default gives good performance after 3 years.

Any GTX i think is probably going to be the best option out there for running games.

Is it overclocked if it is try to underclock it too see if that helps using the MSI afterburner.
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