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Does over clocking have a big diffrence in gaming?

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April 8, 2009 2:23:18 AM

HEy guys, i was wondering if overclocking a E8500 cpu for example will have a noticable diffrence in gaming? But air cooled only. About 4.2 ghz max.

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April 8, 2009 2:31:36 AM

It depends on the game. If your playing a GPU intensive game then "maybe". If your playing CPU intensive game then "probably"

I OCed my Q6600 from 2.4 to 2.8 and in Flight Sim X I saw a good 10/15 fps increase. Keep in mind that is going to be an abnormal result as FSX is VERY CPU intensive compared to most, if not all other games.
April 8, 2009 3:48:03 AM

Yea thats true, how about crysis and far cry series?
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April 8, 2009 5:18:32 AM

Yes, it does. Of course that's assuming that you aren't limited by your video card(s)
April 8, 2009 8:41:15 AM


in my experience it makes a difference to nearly all games, especially FSX - I overclocked q6600 to 3.8ghz and saw a big difference.
April 8, 2009 8:45:53 AM

Another game that would greatly benefit from overclocking is GTA IV: that's one of the most CPU intensive games I have every played.
April 8, 2009 9:27:56 AM

Yes it does.
April 8, 2009 10:36:27 AM

Most of the current games run better on higher clock speeds (unless they are very GPU intensive). Even then a higher clock speed is going to help, so yes!
April 8, 2009 11:48:44 AM

My intel E7200 at 3.8G plays 20-30 fps faster than at 2.5G on COD4 and COD5.

so yes.

Agreed, you need the GPU and mobo to get everything out of it. A 4G cpu wont look to hot with an ATI 1350.
April 8, 2009 11:52:23 AM

It will help yor framerates, specially the minimum frames, but it won't be anything ground-shattering, except in FSX, Supreme Commander and maybe some other RTSs with lots of units, since CPU handles mostly AI and Physics, even though, since a mild OC will only cost you a couple of pennies a month in the electric bill, I'd say do it!
April 8, 2009 11:57:57 AM

Yea i reckon, because my current cpu is so crappy (AMD 3500+ 2.2 Ghz single-core), and i have 8800 GT, i once ran the Counter-strike source FPS test with stock 2.2 ghz and oc'ed 2.6 ghz and i actually got a 40 FPS increase!
April 8, 2009 1:42:06 PM

it depends on many various issues....generally yes, oc is boosting games performance but in your case if you change your old AMD for new E8500 and still paired with 8800GT on 19 inch there won´t be any significant difference running your e8500 at stock (3.16Ghz) or going at 4.0Ghz except some extreme cases (as GTA4 or FSX as mentioned above) but even there you can not expect any miracles. You will be much more GPU limited then CPU limited...your GT8800 and lower res is holding you down.
April 9, 2009 6:08:23 AM

Yea as i mentioned in another post im going to build a new pc soon :) 
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April 9, 2009 8:09:33 AM

"Practise makes perfect"
Imperfect practice doesn't.
April 9, 2009 8:21:28 AM

jsc said:
"Practise makes perfect"
Imperfect practice doesn't.

Depend on practising what, i am a skilled cod4 trick jumper and glitcher, i once couldn't do a jump after more than 100 tries i got it! so yeh!
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April 9, 2009 3:14:29 PM

it can only help, never hurt. and it will make other programs run faster too... win win
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April 11, 2009 7:43:01 AM

^ Unless you end up burning the chip or making your motherboard catch fire (like me)
April 13, 2009 3:55:46 AM

amdfangirl said:
^ Unless you end up burning the chip or making your motherboard catch fire (like me)

lol u cooked ur cpu and mobo lol