(Info) Why I don't believe in overclocking
Written by: NeoGamerX - 03:12 Aug-01-2018

So the other day someone asked me why I don't believe in Overclocking. I didn't feel obliged to answer at the time but now I do.

So here goes...

#1. It's because I believe hardware is designed to run at certain specifications and that trying to push those specs can have serious consequences for the hardware including total system failure.

"So what about factory overclocked hardware then?"

No one has actually asked me this question yet but I do anticipate it so I'll answer it. Factory overclocked hardware comes with the cooling designed to handle the level of overclocking applied to the card. I have no problem with this.

#2. Buying newer and better hardware will have a more significant improvement to performance than any amount of overclocking will do. This is because what is actually improved via overclocking is actually limited by comparison.

So there you have it. That is why I don't believe in overclocking and why I will always prefer to simply buy newer (and more powerful) hardware any day.


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That's where you are wrong. It is quite noticeable experience between stock and OC for my CPU FX-6350. I managed to push it up to 4.89GHz and gains are quite impressive. All you need is to keep cool it. I have had overclocked FX-6350 for… 5 years-ish and it is still kicking!


As for 2. point, buying newer and better hardware will have a more significant improvement, I agree with that. However you have to account some factors: 1st money, not everyone can afford new CPU with new motherboard and RAM. 2nd Intel CPUs with K + AMD with unlocked multiplier are meant to increase performance AS long as you do it carefully. That's why we have a guide for overclocking.

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I am about to shock your i am a CSE. I own an i7-860 overclocked to 4ghz(about 50%oc) and I get a 30-50 fps boost in games and 40-50% faster speeds in all tasks. My processor has been in use for 9years now and overclocked for 2years now. Also, no sign of failure so. To me overclocking is all good.

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Hardware comes with much better cooling than they are clocked at(except intel CPUs). The reason they don't clock them higher out of the box is because of binning, not every CPU or GPU can reach the same clock speeds.


Also overclocking on its own doesn't kill anything, heat does, keep it cool and you are perfectly fine and 3rd party coolers are more than capable.


And nowadays overclocking isn't worth it. Pascal, Polaris, Ryzen and Coffeelake all overclock by about 10-13% which isn't worth it at all…

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Back in a day when a 1.8Ghz Core 2 Duo overclocked to 3.4Ghz you'd get 90% better performance and when a hd7950 would overclock from 900Mhz to 1350Mhz, you'd get 50% better performance and neither overheated or died from it.


Nowadays when a Ryzen would overclock from 4.0Ghz to 4.35Ghz it's meh or a i7 8700k would overclock from 4.3-4.4Ghz to 5.0Ghz it's meh… or a rx 580 would overclock from 1366Mhz to 1500Mhz it's meh or a gtx 1060 from 1800Mhz to 2000-2100Mhz it's meh…

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I overclocked my GPU like 9%, and got 2 fps more in games, this is bcause the card was factory OC, so i couldnt push harder, but i remember with the gtx 750 ti i gained 5-6 fps by applying 16% OC, and overclocked a gt 730 too, and gess what i was getting 7-9 fps, so i think OC is worth it even nowadays.As you mentioned, heat kill components, but if you have good cooling or a custom fan curve you are good to go.

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ok

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