Overclocking CPU in Windows

CodyMcInnes

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I am wondering if there is such software that will allow me to over clock my CPU through windows, as I am not able to do so in the bios because my motherboard doesn't allow it. I'm mainly doing this because I believe there is a bottleneck between my video card and processor.

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Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3.0Ghz w/ Cooler Master Hyper 212+ CPU Cooler
4Gb Dual Channel 800Mhz Ram
Intel DG43GT Motherboard
EVGA GeForce GTX 460 1Gb
 

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If Intel doesn't offer such a Windows-based tool, then I doubt you will be able to overclock it. The newer X58 series MBs do offer a Intel Desktop Control Center which supports overclocking the newer MBs like the DX58SO in Windows.
 

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Will that change the core speed or just the FSB. Or am I missing something entirely
 

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so what number would I have to get in order to set the speed to 3.80Ghz ? ( I've heard that is the sweet spot for E8400's ). Also, will my cooler be enough?
 

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Ok thanks, and this can be done in setFSB? As I don't have the option to do it in my bios settings. And still concerned if my cooler will be able to compensate. Idle 34C and max 47C.
 
Double check your bios

I have an Intel 955XCS that allows for dummy overclocking

Bios > Advanced > Chipset Configuration > Default Configuration Override > Do you wish to continue [ Yes ] > Host Burn In Mode Percentage [0]
I wouldn't advise any more than 20%
 

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Just so were clear. what will that increase?
 

CodyMcInnes

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Im not quite sure of that, I just have odd spikes of fps drop in games like Mafia 2 and Metro 2033. So I dont know what else the problem could be. And yes I realize these are both very demanding games but a 460 1Gb stock clocks running at 1920x1080 should have no trouble with say high settings and no aa/af/vsync.
 

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Those are very demanding games that can make use of and really need a quad to max out. If you had a P45 board you could take it to 4 ghz and have no problems. As is you might want to save up for a platform upgrade.

That is not a bottleneck....something limiting something else, that is just an older ( still decent ) CPU with modern games that need more power.
 

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