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March 26, 2010 12:44:31 AM

hey guys I love to learn new things about my computer all the time and by tinkering with it and trolling these forums I have learned a lot and actually I was able to custom order a super PC from Cyberpower

Anyways, my question is simply WHY BENCHMARK??

I know benchmarking is related to overclocking and testing new settings but I was wondering say I did not want to overclock but simply wanted to have my computer at the most optimal settings. Will benchmarking help me? What kind of things can it tell me? My i5 750 is already a bit OC'ed at 3.0 Ghz and just wanted to know if benchmarking will lead me to change other settings as well. Thanks!

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a c 197 K Overclocking
March 26, 2010 11:28:08 AM

There are only two reasons to benchmark. One reason is to compare two or more different systems.

The other is to monitor the change in performance in your own system as you make changes to it.
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a b K Overclocking
March 26, 2010 3:29:10 PM

Benchmarking also measures stability. If your system is not able to finish benchmarks, it means it is unstable at some points...
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a b K Overclocking
March 26, 2010 5:15:46 PM

jonah1825 said:
I have learned a lot and actually I was able to custom order a super PC from Cyberpower

I would have hoped that the first thing you would have learned is to not buy a PC from cyber power. [:thegreatgrapeape:5]

Anyway, i bench to compare my system with other people like jsc said.
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a b K Overclocking
March 28, 2010 2:38:19 AM

overshocked said:
I would have hoped that the first thing you would have learned is to not buy a PC from cyber power. [:thegreatgrapeape:5]

Anyway, i bench to compare my system with other people like jsc said.


Lol... but at least he already custom order. The first time I bought PC for my kids, I just went to the store and pick our what looks good on the shelf. The way I look at it now, It was a horrible build and grossly imbalanced. As I learned about PC building, I upgraded it at considerable expense until the parts balanced out. I was able to resell some of the spare parts but not all and at great loss... Oh well... :) 
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a c 148 K Overclocking
March 28, 2010 2:48:36 AM

One reason is to determine points of diminishing returns. For example....

Should you run a 920 at 4.4 Ghz (HT on) on every boot if it provided little benefit ? For everyday tasks, I notice performance increases start diminishing at about 3.4 Ghz.....so I have the 920 set to run at 3.7 Ghz on an everyday boot profile which keeps CPU temps in low to mid 50's.........turning of HT doesn't diminish game performance most times so running at 4.2 still keeps CPU moderately cool....so when gaming, selecting a different OC profile on boot is an option.
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