I have a question that I hope to get some clarity on. I am sure it is probably a stupid question but I ask it nonetheless. My current setup is a 2500k paired with an ASRock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3. Using the AXTU overclocking utility, I have set the processor at a 44x multiplier. It "appears" to have taken effect.
However, the question is, when you are overclocking, do you disable SpeedStep so that it runs at that multiplier constantly or is it best to leave it enable so the cpu isn't constantly taxed/saves power? Consequently, are there any special considerations to take into account when OCing via a utility as opposed to a manual OC?
Usually, the negative thing about using an overclock utility is the core voltage is too high. When overclocking manually, you can set the right amount of voltage. The best overclock is stability with the lowest voltage.
I would keep speedstep on so that it lowers the cpu speed when idling.