I have recently flashed my MSI P55-CD53 motherboard in order for OC Genie to work . Before the flashing, I saw my Windows loading screen saying i7 860...... 3708 MHz. But then it restarted constantly. So I flashed my BIOS, and enabled OC genie. After a few restarts, it managed.. 3.1GhHz. So I disabled it, and a few days later enabled again to see what would be the result. Turns out it only makes my computer restart after 5 seconds, nothing comes on the screen. So I thought OC Genie is bullsh*t. So I used MSI control center, and managed not even up to 3.4GHz. Now you may be wondering, why not just use BIOS? Well, just for one reason: after I flashed the BIOS, every time I switch on my PC it just shows a MSI splash screen. I pressed all the keys on the keyboard. The <Delete> key simply brought up Windows 7 boot manager instead of BIOS. Now I am really frustrated so can anyone tell me how to access BIOS because I want at least 3.6GHz out of my i7 860.
For me the strangest was the fact that I saw with my old BIOS (beta version) the cpu @ 3708 MHz !! I want that loading screen back
you could reset the bIOS to default settings by using the jumpers on the mobo. If not there, try removing the battery from the mobo for a few minutes and then re-insert it and reboot.
i just figured it out when i enable oc genie, I can quickly get into BIOS. so i disabled fullscreen logo and I OC'd my i7 860 to 3.6Ghz (3620MHz). is that a good speed? Cus I don't notice much performance increase in games! and With Intel Burn test, it reaches 64 C.
majority of games are rather GPU-intensive, not CPU-intensive. That being said, there are a few that could benefit from an OC.
In my experience, to be really noticeable an OC should reach 20% above stock speed. It is an exercise and a good way to learn about the limitations of your CPU, but other than that... not really practical. It is a good way to shorten the life span of your components, though.
I used to do it, but not anymore. Realized not much benefit is gained.