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overclocking

Discussion in 'Recording' started by tundrkys, Jul 16, 2003.

  1. tundrkys

    tundrkys Guest

    What are some sights that pertain to overclocking? In particular my first generation ANUS. I built it way back when Gary first posted specs, and thought I would run it un'clocked to see if it would be sufficient. I still don't need the extra power, but feel confident enough to mess around a bit.
     
  2. MisterBlue

    MisterBlue Guest

    What is your specific question?

    Overclocking in general is pretty straight forward. As a first step, you simply slightly adjust the system bus clock frequency upwards and see if your system remains stable. Also monitor the CPU temperature which will significantly rise with the clock speed. I would not let it exceed 55 Celsius/130 Fahrenheit by much. Make sure you have enough cooling or your system will get unstable as it heats up (resulting in crashes during use). And don't get the idea to test the system temperature by removing the cooler and touching it !!! It takes approx. 4 (in words FOUR) seconds for a CPU to BURN UP without a cooler and fan attached :D

    Also, have you tried some of the Overclocker web sites out there? There is a mount of information on this and related topics.

    Hope this is somehow helpful,

    MisterBlue.
     
  3. tundrkys

    tundrkys Guest

    Very helpful MisterBlue, thankyou.

    I really don't have any specific questions right now, I just wanted to read up on what I was actually doing, before I did it, you know, kinda look for what I need to avoid.
     
  4. SonOfSmawg

    SonOfSmawg Well-Known Member

    Overclocking can be good in the right hands, and a total disaster in the wrong hands. There are many variables that are used to properly balance and control a stable overclock, each as important as the next.

    As was mentioned, overclocking will raise temps in your computer, especially your CPU and memory, so unless you have installed overkill cooling, your successful stable overclocking results will be minimal.

    Unless you REALLY know what you are doing when it comes to overclocking, I don't recommend that you even attempt it with a DAW computer. Even an experienced overclocker would only be looking for a very modest gain, which would really only give you a very slight increase in performance.
     
  5. tundrkys

    tundrkys Guest

    Point taken, and understood. However, one of the selling points for me in building my Anus, was that the scaling of the P4s (my 1.6 Ghz in particular) allowed overclocking with little or no adverse effect from heat.
     
  6. MisterBlue

    MisterBlue Guest

    That's unfortunately not a feature of a MoBo. The heat is generated (mainly) by the main CPU. These Processors have an almost exponential power consumption vs. clock speed characteristic. If you crank up the clock speed the power consumption (and thus the dissipated heat) will go up VERY quickly.

    This will happen with ANY MoBo that allows you to crank up the clock speed, not just ASUS. You can't even argue that ASUS is doing any better than the rest (neither worse for that matter).

    Yes, other components on the MoBo will be running at a higher speed (and will thus be running slightly warmer too) but that is a secondary effect compared to the CPU.

    The power supply might play a role in the overall heat as it has to work harder to generate the necessary power and will get a little warmer too. How much this is a factor I don't know - it really depends on the PS.

    MisterBlue.
     

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