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Should I overclock my 3570k more?

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January 30, 2013 6:54:19 PM

Yo,
Finally got around to overclocking my 3570k, it's currently at 4 GHZ, 1.05 voltage and at load cores 1, 2, 3 and 4 hit 44°C, 50°C, 48°C and 48°C, respectively, all this on a CoolerMaster 212 Evo with only the stock fan. Now, I am thinking about maybe going for 4.5 GHZ, so I was looking to see what would be the pros and cons of pushing it to 4.5 GHZ. Would it cause more harm then good, is it really worth it, that kind of stuff.

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January 31, 2013 2:11:35 PM
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Pros- A lot better performance in benchmarks and it will be noticeable while streaming, video editing, converting audio files ect.
Bragging rights
A little bit better gaming frame rates
A little bit better regular CPU usage performance
Now you'll be on par with a stock 3770k when it comes to rendering and highly threaded performance
Now you'll easily beat a 3770k when it comes to single threaded performance and games

Cons- It will use a little more electricity which won't be noticeable in your bill
It will not last quite as long, although you won't notice unless you keep your CPU more than 7-8 years probably
More heat, although you'll probably still be in the 70C area which is great for Ivy Bridge


I have my 3570K running at 4.7Ghz@1.38Vcore and I'm FULLY stable and I absolutely love the performance I get in benchmarks and in real world games and apps. I highly recommend you go to 4.5Ghz. When I used to run at 4.5Ghz my Vcore was at 1.300. You might need a little less you may need a little more but I recommend doing it. 4.5Ghz is TOTALLY safe and you will still get a lot of life out of your 3570k. And as I said before, your performance with highly threaded apps will be on par if not better than a 3770k which is 100$ more. And being that you only spent 200 bucks on your CPU that's an accomplishment. I highly recommend to run Cinebench 11.5 and Passmark8 before and after your overclock to see how much performance you've gained.
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January 31, 2013 2:15:41 PM

BTW, when checking for temps and when stress testing, use Intel Burn In Test to get your REAL temps. Prime95 and the other don't really stress your CPU out much. For me, the only way I can tell if I'm fully stable is to play a game WHILE running Intel Burn In Test. I recommend that.
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January 31, 2013 3:51:39 PM

I'd just ask why you think you need more, then go from there. Do you do anything that would have tangible benefits (or make you happy with your rig - that's fine too...)?

My goal was to reduce the CPU bottleneck in BF3 mutiplayer. It used to take 3.9 to get there, now it's 4.1 after patches and new maps. Do I need to do it? Dunno. Haven't bothered to drop to stock and see if I can see or feel any difference. Weekend project maybe.
February 1, 2013 2:35:21 AM

J_E_D_70 said:
I'd just ask why you think you need more, then go from there. Do you do anything that would have tangible benefits (or make you happy with your rig - that's fine too...)?

My goal was to reduce the CPU bottleneck in BF3 mutiplayer. It used to take 3.9 to get there, now it's 4.1 after patches and new maps. Do I need to do it? Dunno. Haven't bothered to drop to stock and see if I can see or feel any difference. Weekend project maybe.

Well, my current PC was built for gaming mostly, but also with some Photoshop and some video editing kicked in, though in the next month I'm going to begin learning C++. I asked some friends I know and some said 4 GHZ is a good overclock and I should stick with it and others said I should push my CPU as high an overclock as I can get. That's why I'm kinda confused and posted this thread.
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February 1, 2013 11:24:52 AM

It *should* help a tad with gaming, probably a bigger effect on photoshop.

Never compiled in C++ but I'd think it'd take a pretty huge project for the OC to have any effect. I was compiling on old P4's and it didn't take long.

Just try it 100MHz at a time (should be able to start at 4.2 or 4.3) and be careful. Mine topped out at 4.4 with voltage at auto. Didn't try fine-tuning.

Just leave speedstep on to keep the clock low at idle and the OC shouldn't affect to CPU's life much if any.

Good luck!
February 1, 2013 7:43:16 PM

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