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Is your system overclocked?

Is your system overclocked?

  • Yes, graphics only

    Votes: 924 7.4%
  • Yes, CPU only

    Votes: 2,554 20.5%
  • Yes, CPU and graphics card

    Votes: 5,174 41.6%
  • No

    Votes: 3,783 30.4%

  • Total voters
  • Poll closed .


~Technological Technocrat~
Apr 20, 2007
17,210 (4.38/day)
System Name Codename: Rapture X Mk.VI {Still....MoonPig Edition}
Processor Intel 3930k@4.5Ghz
Motherboard Asus P9X79 PRO
Cooling Corsair H105 {2x Corsair ML 120 Pro}|VRM: Antec Spotcool 100
Memory 32GB DDR3 Kingston HyperX Beast 2400Mhz {8x4GB}
Video Card(s) MSI 1070 Gaming X (Samsung)
Storage 512GB Samsung 850 Pro (Boot)|1x 512GB Crucial MX100|2x 3TB Toshiba DT01ACA300
Display(s) Asus PB278Q 27"
Case Corsair 760T (White) {1x140mm NB PK-3, 2x Corsair AF140}
Audio Device(s) Creative SB Z {Speakers: Logitech Z-5500 }
Power Supply Corsair AX760
Mouse Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum
Keyboard Duckyshine Dead LED(s) III
Software Windows 7 7600 x64
Benchmark Scores ( ͡°( ͡° ͜ʖ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)ʖ ͡°) ͡°)
CPU = Heavily overclocked
GPU = Slightly overclocked

Why = Because I can, extra performance is always a good thing especially if its free. If you pay good money for parts, you dont expect any less.

I have a minor 20mhz OC on my GPU cores. I could overclock it more but (A) it throws out a lot lot more heat which the ventillation in my room cant really deal with and (B) I just cant be arsed as i dont have any real issues running any of my games.
May 1, 2012
1,024 (0.49/day)
New Jersey, USA
System Name Current Rig
Processor Intel i7 920 oc to 3.5ghz
Motherboard MSI x58 Platinum
Cooling Cooler Master Seidon 120M
Memory G.Skill 6gb ddr3 1333mhz 7-7-7-18
Video Card(s) Gigabyte GTX 670 OC WindForce 3X GV-N670OC-2GD
Storage Samsung EVO SSD
Display(s) Viewsonic 1440x900 5ms
Case CoolMaster HAF 932
Power Supply Coolmax 950w
Software Win 7 64bit
Jul 5, 2008
272 (0.08/day)
System Name WorkStation
Processor Intel i7 3770k @ 4.4GHz
Motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme6
Cooling Corsair H110 Water Cooler AIO
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600MHz
Video Card(s) MSI GTX680 Twin Frozr III OC
Storage WD 1TB Sata III
Display(s) Samsung 22-inch LED 1080p
Case Corsair Carbide Air 540
Audio Device(s) Onboard Realtek 898 HD
Power Supply Corsair CS750M Gold
Software Windows 8.1 Pro x64
GPU = came pre-superclocked.
CPU = is 20% overclocked.
May 16, 2008
143 (0.04/day)
System Name "My Computer", huehuehue
Processor Core i5 6600K
Motherboard ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming
Cooling Noctua NH-U9B
Memory 16GB (2x8) Corsair Vengeance LPX PC2666
Video Card(s) Gainward GeForce GTX 970 Phantom
Storage 500GB Samsung 850 EVO + 1TB Samsung F3 HDD + 2TB external WD USB HDD
Display(s) BenQ RL2755HM 27"
Case Fractal Design Define R5 Black
Audio Device(s) On board codec
Power Supply Corsair RM750x
Mouse SteelSeries Sensei Raw
Keyboard SteelSeries Apex 350
Software Windows 10 x64
Benchmark Scores The scouter says it's over 9000
I modded my Sapphire 6950 to 6970, so it's sligthly overclocked because of that. Other than that, everything is running at stock. The system performs well as it is, so if I should ever need more performance (unless I upgrade the whole rig first) I'll try my hand at overclocking. My OC days were left behind with my old Pentium 4 rig.
Nov 30, 2006
972 (0.24/day)
System Name Modest Box
Processor Pentium G3258 @ 4.7 Ghz
Motherboard ASUS Z97-E/USB 3.1
Cooling Thermalright True Spirit 140
Memory Crucial Ballistix PC3-12800 16GB
Video Card(s) Galax GTX 1060 6GB EXOC White Edition
Storage OCZ Vertex 460A 480GB
Display(s) Dell U2412M
Case Cooler Master Stacker 830
Audio Device(s) Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer
Power Supply EVGA 450W Bronze
Software Windows 10 64 Bit
I have an ASUS DirectCU II GTX 670 and an AMD X4 980 BE. For the first time in years both are running at stock (and my computer room is much cooler). The CPU is so outmatched by the GPU there's no reason to OC either. Another 300 Mhz on the CPU wouldn't matter at this point.
Sep 25, 2007
5,822 (1.54/day)
Processor Core I7 3770K@4.3Ghz
Motherboard AsRock Z77 Extreme
Cooling Cooler Master Seidon 120M
Memory 12Gb G.Skill Sniper
Video Card(s) MSI GTX 1070
Storage Sandisk SSD + 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200
Display(s) IPS Asus 26inch
Case Antec 300
Audio Device(s) Xonar DG
Power Supply EVGA Supernova 650 G2
Software Windows 10/Windows 7
it depends really, I have an old Q8400 so I overclocked it to 4Ghz from 2.6 to allow it to keep up with current cpu's and play some games smoothly, but since I don't play at uber res I don't overclock my GTX460 much at all, the older my hardware gets the more I overclock till I can't overclock and it starts to really bog down performance, for example back when I had my E2140, I overclocked it and overclocked it more and more as it got older so I started out at at stock 1.6Ghz(I only used it for videos when I got it) last time I ran it I was running it at nearly 3.8Ghz, and thats about a 140% overclock and performance showed it, but that was its limit, and thats why I got rid of it.

for me is only really useful when I need the performance or don't have the money to upgrade, not gonna waste the time otherwise.
Feb 18, 2011
1,240 (0.49/day)
Yes everything:) I love to overclock. I remember the good old 8086 times when we replaced crystals on the motherboards just to get a little extra performance.

Now - as I grow up - I'm not that cocky anymore. I value silence and my environment a lot more then that extra X% speed increase, so I don't really use extreme overclocks like earlier.

I do buy proper cooling solutions and I still research the maximum possible settings ofc, but I prefer silence over performance now, so I only OC with the default Voltage for everyday use, and only set or load one of the extreme profiles when it's really needed.
Jun 24, 2011
560 (0.23/day)
System Name Hhumas-PC
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Extreme CPU X9650 @ 3.00GHz (4 CPUs), ~3.0GHz
Motherboard Asus P5W DH Deluxe
Cooling ZALMAN CNPS 9700 NT 110mm 2 Ball Ultra Quiet
Memory OCZ Platinium 2x2GB
Video Card(s) ZOTAC GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5
Storage WD Green 500 GB , WD 500 GB
Display(s) Dell U2410F
Case Casecom
Audio Device(s) Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro
Power Supply Corsair HX1000
Software Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit
everything is working great . no need to fuck with factory settings


New Member
Jul 13, 2011
102 (0.04/day)
Processor AMD Phenom II 1090T BE @ 4030MHz
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3
Cooling Noctua NH-D14
Memory Samsung Green 8GB @ 1896MHz
Video Card(s) MSI GTX 660Ti Power Edition 2 GB
Storage OCZ Agility 3 60GB; 1TB Samsung 2.5"
Display(s) LG Flatron E2241 21.5" LED
Case Thermaltake Commander MS-I Snow Edition
Audio Device(s) Creative Sound Blaster Audigy
Power Supply OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W
Software Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Changed my mind. Why have a high-end cooler, a mobo with a strong vrm and overclocking ram if you keep em stock?
Oct 6, 2007
5,154 (1.37/day)
Nelson B.C. Canada
System Name Blacknet
Processor E5-1650 Xeon @ 4.7Ghz
Motherboard Asus P9X79 Pro
Cooling Noctua NH-D14/7case fans
Memory 32gb Gskill 1866 Cas9
Video Card(s) Asus Strix GTX970 OC
Storage 2x Toshiba 3TB, Seagate 2TB, 2x EVO 850 250GB
Display(s) 27" Asus VS278Q 1ms
Case Antec 1200
Audio Device(s) Soundblaster Z + AKG Q701 Studio Monitors
Power Supply XFX XTR 750 Gold
Mouse Corsair Vengeance M95
Keyboard Cheap Azio
Software Kubuntu 17.10, Win7 x64 SP1 Ultimate
Benchmark Scores Average....
Yep, I've oced every computer I've ever owned, starting with, as someone above mentioned, replacing crystal clock gens on 8088/8086 boxes. oced my 286, my 386 and well never could stop. I love to hear my computer, all fans at 100%... I know it's alive! If it shuts down for any reason at night and I can't hear the noise, I wake up. These days, I oc because my equipment is old, and I have to in order to keep up with modern games ect. If I could just buy a faster system, I would, but that's not an option.
Jun 12, 2007
4,815 (1.24/day)
Wangas, New Zealand
System Name Darth Obsidious
Processor Intel i5 2500K
Motherboard ASUS P8Z68-V/Gen3
Cooling Cooler Master Hyper 212+ in Push Pull
Memory 2X4GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600
Video Card(s) ASUS R9 270x TOP
Storage 128GB Samsung 830 SSD, 1TB WD Black, 2TB WD Green
Display(s) LG IPS234V-PN
Case Corsair Obsidian 650D
Audio Device(s) Infrasonic Quartet
Power Supply Corsair HX650w
Software Windows 7 64bit and Windows XP Home
Benchmark Scores 2cm mark on bench with a razor blade.
Changed my mind. Why have a high-end cooler, a mobo with a strong vrm and overclocking ram if you keep em stock?
Peace of mind by knowing that the system is capable of giving sustainable power and cooling beyond standard specs.


New Member
Jul 13, 2011
102 (0.04/day)
Processor AMD Phenom II 1090T BE @ 4030MHz
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3
Cooling Noctua NH-D14
Memory Samsung Green 8GB @ 1896MHz
Video Card(s) MSI GTX 660Ti Power Edition 2 GB
Storage OCZ Agility 3 60GB; 1TB Samsung 2.5"
Display(s) LG Flatron E2241 21.5" LED
Case Thermaltake Commander MS-I Snow Edition
Audio Device(s) Creative Sound Blaster Audigy
Power Supply OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W
Software Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Peace of mind by knowing that the system is capable of giving sustainable power and cooling beyond standard specs.
The ability to rma gives me peace of mind :toast:
Apr 21, 2011
494 (0.20/day)
Hesperus IV
System Name Salvaged
Processor AMD Phenom II X6, 1055T
Motherboard MSI (cant remember model..)
Cooling Antec Kühler + extra fans (Antec, Zalman, Coolermaster, Generic brand)
Memory 8Gb (2 x 4Gb)
Video Card(s) ATI Radeon HD6870
Storage Samsung 1TB, 320 Seagate, 250 Samsung
Display(s) LG Electronics
Case ANTEC Sonata III 500 (found/salvaged + modified)
Audio Device(s) 8Ch + Harman Kardon 2.1 (modified, electronics in JVC wood speakers)
Power Supply It's made in Denmark, never seen a PSU made there..
Software Win7 X64 Ultimate
I would OC if I had better cooling...or had the money to buy better cooling.


Fishfaced Nincompoop
Feb 27, 2006
14,908 (3.43/day)
System Name A dancer in your disco of fire
Processor i3 4130 3.4Ghz
Motherboard MSI B85M-E45
Cooling Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
Memory 4 x 4GB Crucial Ballistix Sport 1400Mhz
Video Card(s) Asus GTX 760 DCU2OC 2GB
Storage Crucial BX100 120GB | WD Blue 1TB x 2
Display(s) BenQ GL2450HT
Case AeroCool DS Cube White
Power Supply Cooler Master G550M
Mouse Intellimouse Explorer 3.0
Keyboard Dell SK-3205
Software Windows 10 Pro
The GPU is overclocked actually. 600/450 (from 525/400). Dunno if it makes a difference really but still!

CPU is just unlocked, not overclocked.
Jul 24, 2007
197 (0.05/day)
I have tried to run stock clocks in past but just cannot resist overclocking. :toast::laugh: However, I also overclock my AMD 1090T because I am using dual 6950 Powercolor graphics cards.

The cards are not overclocked but they are unlocked. (The cards just do not overclock much if at all.) The temptation to run stock clocks is always there but it never lasts and I go back to overclocking.
Sep 15, 2011
978 (0.42/day)
coast ,melbourne
Processor i5-3570k
Motherboard Asus gene v z-77 matx.
Cooling Antec h20 620
Memory 2x4gb g.skill ripjaws z 2400
Video Card(s) h.i.s radeon 7950 reference 3 gb- hooray!!!
Storage samsung 128gb~830 ssd. samsung 500gb hdrive.
Display(s) 22 inch tele.
Case circa 1996 grey rat box with no sides front.until my own is finished
Audio Device(s) inbuilt creative.supreme effects 3
Power Supply thermaltake tt-500w
Software win 7 x64-
Benchmark Scores Coming soon
Im finding with my latest ivy bridge[3570k] rigg that its oc capabilities are more limited compared to sandy core i5k in last rigg, it may be that i have a cheaper model of mobo, but i cant seem to get it over 4.5 atm, whereas with the old sandy rigg, i got it over 5 fairly easily.

Although ive heard [apparently] ivy runs hotter, my idle temps are very low with just a single closed loop rad.lower than sandy was.idles at 14-16 c.

I run my gpu @ 950-1350 seems quite stable, but i use an extra fan placed on top of the chip[reverse side etc] and this takes a lot of heat of the back of the chip.
Aug 13, 2010
3,192 (1.17/day)
System Name kom pu tor
Processor Core i7 8700K 5Ghz
Motherboard Gigabyte Z370 Ultra Gaming
Cooling Custom 240MM WC loop
Memory G.Skill RipJawsZ 2666Mhz 16GB
Video Card(s) Palit GTX 1080 Jetstream
Storage A salad of SSDs
Case Corsair Air 540
Power Supply Antec Egde 750W
Mouse Logitec G400
Keyboard Cougar 600K
I have systems that are slightly overclocked since 2006, see no harm in stock voltage-overclocking. Instead of throwing the E2140 1.6GHZ to the trash it runs at 2.8Ghz and does the job fine.
Jan 12, 2010
1,471 (0.50/day)
System Name Custom Built | Netbook Samsung N145P
Processor Intel Core i3 6100 | Intel Atom N455 1.6 GHz
Motherboard Asus H110M-K-D3
Cooling Stock heatsink/fan
Memory 12GB RAM
Video Card(s) MSI GT 1050 Ti 4GB| Intel GMA 3150
Storage Samsung EVO 750 120GB + Kingston HyperX Fury 120 GB + 2TB WD Hard disk | Kingston V300 120GB
Display(s) HP Pavilion 22cw
Case A old one
Audio Device(s) Realtek
Power Supply Generic 500W
Software Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 1| Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
No. It's underclocked except when doing intensive task. Electric bills are a real issue here.
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Feb 3, 2010
64 (0.02/day)
Surf City, North Carolina
System Name Self-Built
Processor Intel Core i7-5960X Haswell-E 8-Core
Motherboard MSI X99A GODLIKE Gaming
Cooling Full Custom Loop
Memory G.SKILL Ripjaws DDR-4 16GB PC4-24000
Video Card(s) EV GA GTX 1080 Classified
Storage Intel 480GB PCI-E x4 SSD + 2x Toshiba 3TB.
Display(s) Dell U3415W 34" Curved Monitor
Case Thermaltake Core X9 Black
Audio Device(s) On-Board
Power Supply CORSAIR AX1500i
Mouse Anker Precision Gaming Mouse
Keyboard DECK Legend Frost
Software Way Too Damned Much!
Benchmark Scores In Progress
All 3. (I take it nobody runs their memory at stock speeds anymore?)
My 1st PC was a damned Dell. I wanted the total PC experience.
I built my 1st PC (a Soltek mobo and AMD K5 cpu) within 6 months and gave the damned Dell away soon after. Good riddance to garbage.
I discovered a few, now defunct, OCing Forums and OCed using pencil lead. I've OCed ever since, doubling (at least) the bang for the buck and never considered doing otherwise.
I live for non-competitive OCing. (Way, WAY too much cheating in the OCing contests!)
Mar 1, 2010
3,565 (1.24/day)
By the Channel Tunnel, Kent, England
System Name Benny
Processor Phenom II 1055t @ 3.3GHz; 300x11; 1.380v; NB 2700; HT 2400
Motherboard ASUS Crosshair IV Formula (2002 BIOS)
Cooling Thermalright TRUE 120 Black + 2 Xilence Red Wing PWM 120mm (push/pull) + polycarbonate fan holders
Memory 8GB GeIL Ultra 2133MHZ C9 running at 1600MHz @ 7-7-7-21 1T 1.5v
Video Card(s) MSI Twin Frozr II GTX470 @ Stock w/CPU fan cable-tied on, as one of the GPU fans broke.
Storage 60GB OCZ Agility3 (OS);500GB WDC Grn; 1x1TB WDC Blk (Backup)
Display(s) ASUS PA823Q
Case Silverstone Raven 2 (all cables custom sleeved with velcro mod on side panel...)
Audio Device(s) X-Fi (Onboard) + Harmon Kardon HK6100 amp powering JVC HA-RX700's with Zalman mic
Power Supply Corsair HX650W
Software Win7 Pro x64
Benchmark Scores No benchies so making this space useful! Corsair M90, Logitech G19. Phobya FlexLight LED's (gawjus)
Nope, all stock pretty much. Only OC'ed CPU to get NB up (as my NB freq. isn't upwards unlocked) and dropped multi down to get it back to stock-ish.
I've answered no, as I didn't OC with the intention of OC'ing the CPU :)p), just to get RAM at right settings.


New Member
Apr 6, 2009
263 (0.08/day)
Ottawa, Ontario
System Name "White Ghost"
Processor i7 970 watercooled
Motherboard Rampage III Extreme all watercooled
Cooling Custom Water Cooling. You have to see it. Too many parts to list here!
Memory 12GB Corsair Dominator GT's watercooled
Video Card(s) HD 5850....watercooled!
Storage Gskill Phoenix Pro 120gb and several 500gb and 1 tb hdd's.
Display(s) Dual 24" Asus VW246H mounted to the wall
Case CM Storm
Audio Device(s) Sound Blaster Audigy
Power Supply Ultra X3 1000
Software Windows 7 64 Ultimate
Benchmark Scores http://valid.canardpc.com/2551267
All my systems are OC'd. Here is the recent one.

Dec 1, 2008
11 (0.00/day)
System Name Custom
Processor i7-3770 @ 3.40GHz
Motherboard MSI Z68A-G43 (G3)
Cooling Stock
Memory Vengeance 2x4GB 2133MHz
Video Card(s) GTX 650 Gainward
Display(s) ViewSonic VP930 DVI, BenQ E2200HD D-SUB
Case *MicroATX*
Audio Device(s) Integrated
Power Supply LC7600 v2.3 600W
Software Win7 Pro/64 SP1 && amd64 xenial Xfce
Benchmark Scores N/A
everything is working great . no need to **** with factory settings
Right, except a ~year later.. It turns out that *most* RAM has to be clocked now; MSI Z68A-G45 motherboard and the built-in OC has the default setting and also recognizes my DDR3 RAM supports 1600MHz and also has an auto-setting for it. Some visible performance improvement.
Apr 8, 2012
166 (0.08/day)
System Name custom
Processor intel 3930K @ 4.5ghz
Motherboard Asus Rampage iv BE
Cooling zalman CNPS12X
Memory 16G Kingston HYPERX 1866mhz
Video Card(s) GTX 690 EVGA
Display(s) BENQ XL2420T
Case Corsair 900D
Audio Device(s) Asus Xonar Essence STX
Power Supply corsair ax1200i
Software windows 7
When in doubt, overclock. If that doesn't work, overclock some more!! If all else fails throw it out the window and be done with it.