I wouldn't say "off base", but outdated. It's four years old lol.
Originally Posted by aPanzerIV
I have a Pentium D @ 2.8 Ghz, and before I jump in to speed it up, i would lik eto know a few things:
1. My dad says overclocking under any circumstance will dramaticly shorten the life of a cpu.
2. I have an ASrock G43 775 motherboard, from a custom build, but the Cpu came out of an HP Stock computer, can I still over clock it?
3. If my cpu runs at about 95F, how much can I over clock it?
4. I don't know the exact speed of my memory, but I think its around DDR2 266- 550mhz or somthing.
1. Only true if your cooling sucks and you crank voltages to dangerously high levels. I run my overclocked hardware for at least a year before upgrading and I expect them to run much longer. I've only lost one motherboard to overclocking, and that was due to my ignorance. (don't run max northbridge voltage 24/7, especially on stock cooling.)
2. The only option a CPU can limit is the multiplier. All other options (FSB, RAM dividers, voltages, etc.) are determined by your motherboard.
3. Use Celsius, it's pretty much the standard for measuring the temperature of computer components. That's 35C, which is pretty low. What you need to do is find load temperatures, which is what really matters. Use something like Prime95 and HWMonitor or CoreTemp to watch your temps. Keep it under 100% load for at least ten minutes unless you start to hit dangerous levels. Pentiums 4/Ds are known to run hot, so I'd cut it off if it hit around 60-65C.
4. DDR stands for Double Data Rate, so you divide the DDRII rate by 2. DDRII 266=133 Mhz, which is what you'll see in CPU-Z.