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OCing a P2 955 BE

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August 13, 2009 11:46:06 PM

Hey everyone,

I'm looking into building a new computer and I've been reading up on tomshardware a lot and from what I've seen EVERYONE here overclocks their stuff. The new 965 Just came out at 3.4 ghz I'm wondering if i get a 955 and overclock it just a bit to leave it at 3.4 will it be the exact same thing as a 965 which hasn't been overclocked? How much would i be reducing the lifespan of the processor (and system in general) if i did this, and would i need a better cpu cooler than the one that comes with the processor? Is it almost risk free if i OC just a little instead of pushing it to 3.8 or 3.9, or is it the exact same thing?


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August 14, 2009 12:09:21 AM

I wouldnt worry about it...aslong as your careful and keep temps below 61*c you should be fine even at higher overclocks.
August 14, 2009 7:25:39 AM

my 955 is at 3.6 on a shitty air cooler (tt spinq sux) you should b just fine with 3.4 on stock
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August 14, 2009 5:59:46 PM

In some benchmarks, it appears the 965 actually loses some performance overclocked. Not a lot of headroom, in my opinion.

Your best bet? If seriously interested in overclocking, get a Ph II X4 940 BE (for $190) and overclock to 3.4 Ghz. You can do this on stock cooling and without raising voltages, just a multiplier adjustment. Then you can decide if you're apt to look into oc'ing more.

Ultimately even a slight overclock could possibly reduce processor life. Enthusiasts oc their processors because they can, and because they change them every year. Sometimes even more often.
August 14, 2009 9:36:05 PM

Hmm thanks buzznut ill look into the 940 BE, i'll be buying it in mid september by then i suppose i5 will come out and all the phenom prices should drop some.