How much will I gain from an overclock?

GreatPhilHansen

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I am looking to overclock my fsb and want to know if I will see much of an improvement from it. Here is my current setup:

Athlon XP 2600+ 512kb L2 cache = 166 MHZ DDR FSB
128MB Geforce FX 5900
1Gig pc3200 DDR = 200 MHZ DDR FSB

What I am looking to do is overclock the FSB to 200 MHZ so that it will correspond to my memory. So, how much of an impact on performance can I expect with this? Currently I am running UT2004 with max settings and 1280x960 resolution. If I am on an Onslaught map and am flying in the raptor my frames drop to around 20. On the ground I get about 30-40 average. In Halo with max settings and the same resolution I get about 20-30 frames. I don't have fsaa or ansiotropic filtering enabled either. Thanks for any input.
 

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With that setup, do you need to overclock! You would see an improvement obviously, but I suggest better cooling first, especially with athlons as they are realy semi overclocked already.

I bet you could increase those lousy framerates if you closed nearly all background running programs and made other optimisations if you hav'nt done so already.

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Well, the UT2004 frames are in Linux, where i could possibly do some more optimizing. But, as far as the halo frames, those are obviously in windows. I have disabled all unneeded services and I'm not running anything in the background when I get those.
 

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Try adjusting otions in game or in graphic card, .ie, frame read ahead, etc.

Drop the resolution down and then stretch the image if need be. Decrease colours to 16 bit instead ot 32.

If the game can be run with OpenGL use this as I've found with other games it improves performance.

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