Does overclocking the CPU increase FPS in gaming?

I was just wondering whether if i OC my CPU would it increase FPS in gaming?
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  1. Yes, but the extent to which it improves frame-rates will depend on the game, and the relative performance of GPU. In games that tend to be CPU dependant, like BF3, assuming GPU is good enough not to limit frame-rates, then OC of CPU is likely to give a good boost. In other games, less CPU dependant, especially if system is bottle-necked, by a poor GPU, then all the CPU overclocking, in the world, will achieve little or nothing.
  2. How much fps increase would i be looking at after overclocking an i5-3570k from stock to around 4GHz on games like Battlefield 3? Is it a huge increase?
  3. ^It's a pretty big increase, yes, provided that you don't have a low-end GPU.
  4. No. And if it does, you won't be able to see any differences.

    You need to OC that 3570k to like 4.7 Ghz, 4.0 Ghz is nothing.
  5. Sret43rg said:
    How much fps increase would i be looking at after overclocking an i5-3570k from stock to around 4GHz on games like Battlefield 3? Is it a huge increase?


    If you play single player it wont do anything really, as its GPU bound. Although you might get some increase if your CPU was holding GPU back, which I doubt it is.

    If you play mutliplayer it will increase them, as its CPU bound.
  6. Im asking this because my budget is really tight and i have no idea how to overclock so i might just go with an i5-3470+7950 instead of an i5-3570K+aftermarket cooler which stretches my budget a bit too far so i might just stick with the i5-3470.
  7. Sret43rg said:
    Im asking this because my budget is really tight and i have no idea how to overclock so i might just go with an i5-3470+7950 instead of an i5-3570K+aftermarket cooler which stretches my budget a bit too far so i might just stick with the i5-3470.


    If you play single player a beefier GPU is better for BF3. Now, not every game acts the same way. Some require a beefier CPU. Depends on what games you are going to play honestly.

    But if you don't want to overclock or don't know how, then a 3470 + 7950 is a great decision.
  8. If budget limits you from overclocking AND good GPU, use locked CPU, and get better GPU, will get you better performance in more games.
  9. Is the FPS difference HUGE if i OC my CPU for 4.0GHz+ in games like Battlefield 3? Whats a rough estimate of how much FPS i will gain?
  10. Sret43rg said:
    Is the FPS difference HUGE if i OC my CPU for 4.0GHz+ in games like Battlefield 3? Whats a rough estimate of how much FPS i will gain?


    For single player maybe a few frames, maybe.

    For multiplayer it depends on the map, how many players, network latency, etc. But def more than single player fps increase.
  11. Multiplayer with 64 players, how much fps increase would i be looking at?
  12. Sret43rg said:
    Multiplayer with 64 players, how much fps increase would i be looking at?

    I have found that it doesn't help average fps a lot but it helps the low dips in fps the most. That alone makes any game more playable. Also remember that bf4 is due out soon and that game might need even more cpu power. I Think you should hold out a little longer till you have the money to get what you really want. When you do that you really get the best value for your money.
  13. Overclocking is risky. REALLY RISKY. Even though it helps, but your CPU can overheat. Plus, what is your current number of GHz? If it is 2.00 GHz, DON'T DO IT. If its around 2.50, I'm not sure. But if its 3.00, maybe possible. Overclocking helps you ALOT in gaming, but just know what you're doing. You should download some programs to increase your CPU performance, these programs help you in gaming:
    Smart Defrag: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OyZBLHWMYo
    AVG PC Tuneup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POVKSI6tBco
    Registry Tweaks (Optional): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVd3toDmYGo
  14. ezio122 said:
    Overclocking is risky. REALLY RISKY. Even though it helps, but your CPU can overheat. Plus, what is your current number of GHz? If it is 2.00 GHz, DON'T DO IT. If its around 2.50, I'm not sure. But if its 3.00, maybe possible. Overclocking helps you ALOT in gaming, but just know what you're doing. You should download some programs to increase your CPU performance, these programs help you in gaming:
    Smart Defrag: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OyZBLHWMYo
    AVG PC Tuneup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POVKSI6tBco
    Registry Tweaks (Optional): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVd3toDmYGo


    i hope this is a troll post because nothing he said is true or makes sense.
  15. ezio122 said:
    Overclocking is risky. REALLY RISKY. Even though it helps, but your CPU can overheat. Plus, what is your current number of GHz? If it is 2.00 GHz, DON'T DO IT. If its around 2.50, I'm not sure. But if its 3.00, maybe possible. Overclocking helps you ALOT in gaming, but just know what you're doing. You should download some programs to increase your CPU performance, these programs help you in gaming:
    Smart Defrag: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OyZBLHWMYo
    AVG PC Tuneup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POVKSI6tBco
    Registry Tweaks (Optional): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVd3toDmYGo



    Wow this guy knows his stuff.

    Anyway, a i5 3570k oc'd to 4.7 or 4.8 will really make a difference in multiplayer, around a 10-20% difference depending on GPU and amount of players. If you're going to get a cooler get a seidon 120m. It's cost effective and I'm currently running at 4.8 with high 70 degrees running prime 95 and low 50 degrees running battlefield 3 on ultra! I have got a pretty good chip though as my voltage is only 1.26, I could probably get 4.9 but the temp increase would probably prematurely kill the CPU, I know the TJ Max is 105 but I want to keep it below 80 running CPU intensive programs
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    Anyway, a i5 3570k oc'd to 4.7 or 4.8 will really make a difference in multiplayer, around a 10-20% difference depending on GPU and amount of players. If you're going to get a cooler get a seidon 120m. It's cost effective and I'm currently running at 4.8 with high 70 degrees running prime 95 and low 50 degrees running battlefield 3 on ultra! I have got a pretty good chip though as my voltage is only 1.26, I could probably get 4.9 but the temp increase would probably prematurely kill the CPU, I know the TJ Max is 105 but I want to keep it below 80 running CPU intensive programs


    Howmuch is 10-20% in FPS? And with what are build specks? How much memory and what HDD / SSD? What cooler?

    Now how much you get more FPS that for example with cpu like Intel Xeon 1230V2 / V3?
    Just asking. And do have OC'd GPU too? And how much that did give you more FPS
    I have seen bechmarks like 5-9FPS more with OC to 4.7GHz
    Now you need look xeon for performance and it same level with 3570k with OC 4.5GHz.
    And how much more it gives you FPS this 200MHz more? Not much?
    So maybe best buy is Xeon 1230V2 or V3 to Lga 1150 platform.
    It is lot cooler. This means silent PC in load. And it takes lot less wattage.
    And you do not need to OC or huge expensive cpu cooler. Or OC able MoBo that is expensive too. So if you are in budget than Xeon is best choice. Price is same
    So why not take i7 for a price i5? :) Xeon do have HT + 8 treads.
    Look this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcB1BIyJ5j8
    And Xeon 1230V2 + V3 bechmarks.
    V2 http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Xeon+E3-1230+V2+%40+3.30GHz
    V3 http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Xeon+E3-1230+v3+%40+3.30GHz&id=1942
    Xeon V3 is faster than 3770 and 3820. That is really fast IMO.
  17. OC wont help if your graphics card is the waek link .

    what is your graphics card?

    and why not just OC and find out if it makes a difference?
  18. AxlFone said:
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    Anyway, a i5 3570k oc'd to 4.7 or 4.8 will really make a difference in multiplayer, around a 10-20% difference depending on GPU and amount of players. If you're going to get a cooler get a seidon 120m. It's cost effective and I'm currently running at 4.8 with high 70 degrees running prime 95 and low 50 degrees running battlefield 3 on ultra! I have got a pretty good chip though as my voltage is only 1.26, I could probably get 4.9 but the temp increase would probably prematurely kill the CPU, I know the TJ Max is 105 but I want to keep it below 80 running CPU intensive programs


    Howmuch is 10-20% in FPS? And with what are build specks? How much memory and what HDD / SSD? What cooler?

    Now how much you get more FPS that for example with cpu like Intel Xeon 1230V2 / V3?
    Just asking. And do have OC'd GPU too? And how much that did give you more FPS
    I have seen bechmarks like 5-9FPS more with OC to 4.7GHz
    Now you need look xeon for performance and it same level with 3570k with OC 4.5GHz.
    And how much more it gives you FPS this 200MHz more? Not much?
    So maybe best buy is Xeon 1230V2 or V3 to Lga 1150 platform.
    It is lot cooler. This means silent PC in load. And it takes lot less wattage.
    And you do not need to OC or huge expensive cpu cooler. Or OC able MoBo that is expensive too. So if you are in budget than Xeon is best choice. Price is same
    So why not take i7 for a price i5? :) Xeon do have HT + 8 treads.
    Look this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcB1BIyJ5j8
    And Xeon 1230V2 + V3 bechmarks.
    V2 http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Xeon+E3-1230+V2+%40+3.30GHz
    V3 http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Xeon+E3-1230+v3+%40+3.30GHz&id=1942
    Xeon V3 is faster than 3770 and 3820. That is really fast IMO.


    "Howmuch is 10-20% in FPS?" depends on the map/amount of players. it is atleast 10%+ better (7-24fps better depending on what you're doing i.e. flying/on ground etc)

    "And with what are build specks?" i5 3570k @4.8, Seidon 120m in push pull. GTX 670 AMP Edition @ 1100 factory clock i think. 8GB Corsair Vengeance, 120GB Sandisc Extreme 2 SSD + 1TB Shite drive

    I built my PC pretty cheap, got a £65 refurbed p8Z77-V, second hand corsair vengeance for 50 quid, 47 quid for cooler, 60 for case, 170 for CPU. GPU cost me 200 though (better than a reference 680 though with the 680 PCB.
  19. ryu131313 said:
    AxlFone said:
    Quote:

    Anyway, a i5 3570k oc'd to 4.7 or 4.8 will really make a difference in multiplayer, around a 10-20% difference depending on GPU and amount of players. If you're going to get a cooler get a seidon 120m. It's cost effective and I'm currently running at 4.8 with high 70 degrees running prime 95 and low 50 degrees running battlefield 3 on ultra! I have got a pretty good chip though as my voltage is only 1.26, I could probably get 4.9 but the temp increase would probably prematurely kill the CPU, I know the TJ Max is 105 but I want to keep it below 80 running CPU intensive programs


    Howmuch is 10-20% in FPS? And with what are build specks? How much memory and what HDD / SSD? What cooler?

    Now how much you get more FPS that for example with cpu like Intel Xeon 1230V2 / V3?
    Just asking. And do have OC'd GPU too? And how much that did give you more FPS
    I have seen bechmarks like 5-9FPS more with OC to 4.7GHz
    Now you need look xeon for performance and it same level with 3570k with OC 4.5GHz.
    And how much more it gives you FPS this 200MHz more? Not much?
    So maybe best buy is Xeon 1230V2 or V3 to Lga 1150 platform.
    It is lot cooler. This means silent PC in load. And it takes lot less wattage.
    And you do not need to OC or huge expensive cpu cooler. Or OC able MoBo that is expensive too. So if you are in budget than Xeon is best choice. Price is same
    So why not take i7 for a price i5? :) Xeon do have HT + 8 treads.
    Look this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcB1BIyJ5j8
    And Xeon 1230V2 + V3 bechmarks.
    V2 http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Xeon+E3-1230+V2+%40+3.30GHz
    V3 http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Xeon+E3-1230+v3+%40+3.30GHz&id=1942
    Xeon V3 is faster than 3770 and 3820. That is really fast IMO.


    "Howmuch is 10-20% in FPS?" depends on the map/amount of players. it is atleast 10%+ better (7-24fps better depending on what you're doing i.e. flying/on ground etc)

    "And with what are build specks?" i5 3570k @4.8, Seidon 120m in push pull. GTX 670 AMP Edition @ 1100 factory clock i think. 8GB Corsair Vengeance, 120GB Sandisc Extreme 2 SSD + 1TB Shite drive

    I built my PC pretty cheap, got a £65 refurbed p8Z77-V, second hand corsair vengeance for 50 quid, 47 quid for cooler, 60 for case, 170 for CPU. GPU cost me 200 though (better than a reference 680 though with the 680 PCB.



    Maybe best way to look FPS boost is look how much slowest FPS drops are getting benefit of OC.

    I have 2011 build 6 core And so on.. And this was cheap too.

    I did not know that 670 can be faster than 680 ^^

    Is this 680 PCB card? Gigabyte NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 Windforce 3x 450W, 4GB GDDR5, 256bit



    Maybe now better buy is GTX 760 sli?
  20. http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Zotac/GeForce_GTX_670_Amp_Edition/9.html this is the one.

    Zotac GTX 670 AMP uses same PCB as gtx 680 AMP, its a pretty impressive card that runs quite cool and faster than a regular 680 and is also a good overclocker
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Zotac/GeForce_GTX_670_Amp_Edition/31.html
  21. ryu131313 said:
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Zotac/GeForce_GTX_670_Amp_Edition/9.html this is the one.

    Zotac GTX 670 AMP uses same PCB as gtx 680 AMP, its a pretty impressive card that runs quite cool and faster than a regular 680 and is also a good overclocker
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Zotac/GeForce_GTX_670_Amp_Edition/31.html


    Aah OK so this card!


    Need look bit better all new zotac cards.

    More cards like this hehe
    http://news.softpedia.com/news/Limited-Edition-Zotac-GTX-760-Golden-Edition-Graphics-Card-382836.shtml
  22. AxlFone said:
    ryu131313 said:
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Zotac/GeForce_GTX_670_Amp_Edition/9.html this is the one.

    Zotac GTX 670 AMP uses same PCB as gtx 680 AMP, its a pretty impressive card that runs quite cool and faster than a regular 680 and is also a good overclocker
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Zotac/GeForce_GTX_670_Amp_Edition/31.html


    Aah OK so this card!


    Need look bit better all new zotac cards.

    More cards like this hehe
    http://news.softpedia.com/news/Limited-Edition-Zotac-GTX-760-Golden-Edition-Graphics-Card-382836.shtml





    That 760 looks nice! only trouble with my card is the copper heatpipes aren't as shiny as they were a few weeks ago, might use a bit of brasso to shine them up!
  23. ryu131313 said:
    ezio122 said:
    Overclocking is risky. REALLY RISKY. Even though it helps, but your CPU can overheat. Plus, what is your current number of GHz? If it is 2.00 GHz, DON'T DO IT. If its around 2.50, I'm not sure. But if its 3.00, maybe possible. Overclocking helps you ALOT in gaming, but just know what you're doing. You should download some programs to increase your CPU performance, these programs help you in gaming:
    Smart Defrag: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OyZBLHWMYo
    AVG PC Tuneup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POVKSI6tBco
    Registry Tweaks (Optional): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVd3toDmYGo



    Wow this guy knows his stuff.

    Anyway, a i5 3570k oc'd to 4.7 or 4.8 will really make a difference in multiplayer, around a 10-20% difference depending on GPU and amount of players. If you're going to get a cooler get a seidon 120m. It's cost effective and I'm currently running at 4.8 with high 70 degrees running prime 95 and low 50 degrees running battlefield 3 on ultra! I have got a pretty good chip though as my voltage is only 1.26, I could probably get 4.9 but the temp increase would probably prematurely kill the CPU, I know the TJ Max is 105 but I want to keep it below 80 running CPU intensive programs


    I'm running the seidon on an fx 8350 at 4.32 and highest temp I've reached is 38'C...granted I added another cm jet flow for push pull and have 7 case fans not including the radiator ones
    Forgot to add- battlefield 4 and hitman absolution so far benchmark tests
  24. Hey guys all you said is correct but the answer for good frame rate is highe speed pci express mobo like gen3 8gb/ps and a good cpu in and high speed ram over 1600 mhz .i say again mobo is really important i had i3 540 with 8 gb 1333 ram and an r9270 x in watch dogs my frame rate in high detali scenes drops to 18 frame in 1366 resolution but after iv changed mobo and cpu to i7 4770k andram 8 gb 1600 and a gaming mobo msi x88 it increases to 54 frame ..
  25. bsiz1757 said:
    Hey guys all you said is correct but the answer for good frame rate is highe speed pci express mobo like gen3 8gb/ps and a good cpu in and high speed ram over 1600 mhz .i say again mobo is really important i had i3 540 with 8 gb 1333 ram and an r9270 x in watch dogs my frame rate in high detali scenes drops to 18 frame in 1366 resolution but after iv changed mobo and cpu to i7 4770k andram 8 gb 1600 and a gaming mobo msi x88 it increases to 54 frame ..


    Nothing at all to do with pci-e x16 slot bandwidth .

    But changing to a 5-6 generation newer processor with twice as many cores and about 10 times the compute power could have made all the difference
  26. The best over clock in the world is not a replacement for better hardware. When it comes to PC gaming, you get what you pay for, plain and simple. Thinking anything else is simply deluding yourself.

    Can you squeeze a few more frames out of your hardware by overclocking and maximize the performance of your hardware's potential with some smart tweaking? Yes - absolutely!

    However, you will be risking destroying your hardware, so only do it if you are fully prepared to live with the worst-case consequences - a fried motherboard/CPU/graphics card/Power Supply - possibly all in one fell swoop. It's happened to many experienced and noob overclockers, and it could happen to you. It might not. As my mom would say, (quoting her grandmother) "Ya' pays your money, and ya' takes your chances!"

    And don't fool yourself by thinking that even the best overclock is going to result in some miraculous transformation of your system's performance, because unless you've been doing something majorly wrong prior to overclocking that you correct in the process, or your system came configured incorrectly from the manufacturer, that is simply NOT going to happen! As some of the wiser commentators have noted, with a GOOD overclock you are more likely to see a real world increase of 3-10(at MAX) FPS in your games, and 3 FPS is absolutely imperceptible.

    It's not worth (IMHO) the strain on your PSU, CPU or GPU for the minimal gains you MIGHT get, nevermind, the investment in time. The only worthwhile thing about it is the knowledge you gain, which is definitely a good thing. It may be a good learning experience, and something worth doing on a surplus system that you don't care about potentially ruining.

    Now for those of you insistent on overclocking, I do have one good tip for you.

    Look at your HT (hyperthreading) Voltage. A minor increase (one or two steps) can have a major improvement in performance at stock clocks and improve stability with overclocks, especially if you're wondering why your overclock is otherwise unstable.

    I credit Logan over at TekSyndicate for this tip. He mentioned it in a video in passing one day, and I tried it - and was simply AMAZED at the difference it made in my system's performance - at stock clock and overclocks! Especially in GTAVPC.

    Hope this helps someone.

    Good luck everyone!

    TJ
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