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QOTW: do you still overclock your PC?

by Parm Mann on 2 December 2011, 15:59

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overclock

verb
run (the processor of one's computer) at a speed higher than that intended by the manufacturers.

Overclocking; we've all done it at some point, haven't we? If you're a HEXUS reader, or a tech enthusiast, the general perception is that you're probably reading this on an overclocked PC. But do these assumptions still hold true?

Historically, the idea behind overclocking among the enthusiast community was to purchase cheaper components - such as the CPU or GPU - and overclock them to run at the speeds of more expensive parts.

Setting new overclocking records was always part of the fun, as was exploring new techniques and methods, but for most overclockers, the key reasoning was quite simple; overclocking could offer you more performance for your pound.

But times are changing, and today's PC architectures aren't as tweakable as they once were. Intel's second-generation Core processors, for example, are technically the most advanced consumer CPUs we've ever seen, but out of the 30+ models available, less than half-a-dozen are designed with overclocking in mind. And those that are tend to be the most expensive - which somewhat defeats the purpose.

We're left wondering if PC overclocking is a dying hobby, so we're putting the question forward to you: the readers. Do you still overclock, or is overclocking losing its appeal? Share your thoughts on the subject in the HEXUS forums.



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Nope. Stock clocked hardware is plenty fast enough these days, and now that I'm older and wiser, I prefer accurate computations to sooner erroneous computations.

Oh yeah, and the poll wont let me pick an entry, again.
Yea i've got an overclocked pc for gaming, as OC the graphics card still has quite a performance jump. As for the erroneous computations, prime 95 for 24hrs is more than enough in my book :)
I usually only overclock when I need to. Usually when encoding video. Using Q6600 and Q8300 CPU's
how come i cant vote?
aidanjt
Nope. Stock clocked hardware is plenty fast enough these days, and now that I'm older and wiser, I prefer accurate computations to sooner erroneous computations.

Oh yeah, and the poll wont let me pick an entry, again.

I cannot vote too.