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  1. gmcsierra99

    gmcsierra99 Banned Thread Starter

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    i got a Intel Pentium 4 in my GX240, it was running at around 1794MHZ, now i got it 2 1799MHZ, with help from SpeedFan :) , but now it says "Unable to read current clock."? and i cant get it passed 1799? why is this?
     
  2. Alex Ethridge

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    At the risk of looking ignorant, I will ask what is the rated speed of your processor?
     
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    1800mhz, 1.8ghz.
     
  4. Alex Ethridge

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    I will admit I don't know anything about overclocking; but, I will tell you that you may be exceeding the intended speed of the processor. Intel and others frequently round up numbers. For instance, you may have a processor that was intended to run at 1794 MHz and for advertisement purposes, they round the number to 1800.

    It's funny they never round it down. It's the same when advertising drive space. I don't think I've ever seen a hard disk advertised accurately.

    Perhaps someone who knows about overclocking will happen along.

    I know that over the years of internet surfing I have run across forums that offer extensive support for that. Perhaps a Google search would be helpful in finding one.
     
  5. gmcsierra99

    gmcsierra99 Banned Thread Starter

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    ooo, alright, i only boosted about 4MHZ, i cant get over 1799.84MHZ.
     
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    Speedfan is not the ideal way to overclock. And overclocking brings a risk of heat, damage, and stability issues.
     
  7. Alex Ethridge

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    Also, data corruption possibilities.

    The way I understand it, overclocking is a thing most people do for fun and hobby. It is not to gain speed. The speed gain weighed against other inconveniences and risks just isn't worth it.

    As a rule of thumb and all other things being equal, unless one is doubling processor speed, the gain is not noticable.
     
  8. gmcsierra99

    gmcsierra99 Banned Thread Starter

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    TRiple, you didnt OC yuor computer?
     
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    You have a dell. Your overclocking options are just about nonexistent.

    Overclocking [if you do use it] is for high end systems with options in the bios to make adjustments; NOT for a dell.
     
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    The ability to overclock successfully depends heavily on the motherboard, and as crjdriver mentioned, Dells stink at overclocking. Mainly because of the proprietary components they use and the limitations they put into the BIOS.
     
  11. Triple6

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    I do, but I can take the time to thoroughly test the O/C and I can afford to replace my parts. Dell's don't overclock very well, for one they have no settings in the BIOS to do so and Software generators work poorly in my opinion.
     
  12. KingCody

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    the main reason that dells and other OEM boxed computers can't overclock is because they lack the ability to lock the PCI/AGP/PCIe bus at it's default speed. without it, you can't overclock the processor without overclocking the rest of the computer as well. while the processor can likely handle a significant overclock, your other components cannot.

    software based overclocking utilities are pretty much useless because you can't lock the bus, and you can't lower the memory speed.

    boxed PC makers like Dell will never give you the ability to overclock, because they want you to spend more money if you need a faster PC.

    you get an "A" for effort :D, but 4MHz is not an overclock (a significant overclock is more like 400MHz or more). unfortunetly, 4MHz is probably the most you can get from a Dell.

    cheers :)
     
  13. gmcsierra99

    gmcsierra99 Banned Thread Starter

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    yeah lol, well i got a Dell 2 OC 4MHZ lol.
     
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    Its not uncommon to speed the frequency of the processor change all by itslef a few digits, the clock generators aren't 100% perfect.
     
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