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Does overclocking without changing voltage increase power consumption?

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February 26, 2013 3:22:01 AM

Hello. I have a phenom X6 1055T and Gigabyte 990XA and Hyper 212. It runs all my games just fine so i'm kinda looking for a reason to overclock it. I was just wondering if i don't touch the voltages will the power consumption still increase?

Also does anyone know if the performance increase from overclocking the phenom X6 even increases FPS in games very much? Thanks.
February 26, 2013 3:37:36 AM

1. yes, increasing the voltage will increase your power consumption

2. yes, you will gain small fps increase in the games that your playing

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February 26, 2013 3:47:44 AM

nondy said:
1. yes, increasing the voltage will increase your power consumption

2. yes, you will gain small fps increase in the games that your playing


I know that increasing the voltage will increase the power consumption that's not what i asked.
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February 26, 2013 10:26:09 AM

K K0 said:
Hello. I have a phenom X6 1055T and Gigabyte 990XA and Hyper 212. It runs all my games just fine so i'm kinda looking for a reason to overclock it. I was just wondering if i don't touch the voltages will the power consumption still increase?

Also does anyone know if the performance increase from overclocking the phenom X6 even increases FPS in games very much? Thanks.


If you OC your card then it will need more voltage to function correctly to prevent system crashes. Not increasing the voltage is not recommended. But to answer your question yes it would still draw more power but not as much as if you increased the voltage
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February 26, 2013 12:28:07 PM

K K0 said:
Hello. I have a phenom X6 1055T and Gigabyte 990XA and Hyper 212. It runs all my games just fine so i'm kinda looking for a reason to overclock it. I was just wondering if i don't touch the voltages will the power consumption still increase?

Also does anyone know if the performance increase from overclocking the phenom X6 even increases FPS in games very much? Thanks.


Well, I know that I had a Phenom, was an X4 but I was able to slightly overclock it without adjusting voltage. The motherboard will still draw slightly more power but if you can get a stable small oc without touching voltage the power increase is very marginal.

As far as fps, it really depends on your system. Have you played your games and monitired your hardware yet to see where you may be bottlenecking? I would do that first. Use a prgram like HWinfo64, launch it, than launch a game. Try to push the game, go into areas with alot going on, really push the system for about 15minutes. After that, exit the game and check you maximum and average usage for memory, CPU and gpu. If you are at or under 90% most of the time on the cpu but other things are average over 90% (like the gpu). Than the increase wouldn't necessarily give you better fps, and if it did it'd be very slight.

On the other hand if your cpu is the bottleneck and at higher usage than other components than overclocking it could have a great performance (fps) boost. It really depends, try to find your bottleneck and come back here with any questions! I'll see if I can help, goodluck
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