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 Post subject: Power management / overclocking question
PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 7:52 pm 
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I'm looking for some input and advice on some power management and minor overclock settings in one of my motherboard utilities as it relates to my current PC hardware.

There is a utility in the "ASUS Suite" of software that came with my motherboard called DIGI+ Power control for adjusting the PC's power management. Though I'm aware that my current setup would probably be very favorable for it, I've never felt daring enough to attempt anything in the way of overclocking. Looking at some of these settings, however, I have to confess I'm curious about them, though still extremely wary of potentially damaging my system. So I'm looking for advice from people more knowledgeable than myself on such matters.

Basically my question boils down to this. Would I see any improvement in performance if I were to set the CPU power phase control (pictured here) to "optimized" or even "extreme", and set the DRAM power phase control (pictured here) to "extreme", for normal usage, and would it be safe for my hardware to do so?

Some relevant details about my hardware: according to the PSU calculator on ASUS's website (which is a very handy thing!), all my hardware components have a combined draw of about 700 watts. I have a 1300w PSU. Under normal conditions my CPU runs temperatures from the mid-20s to the high 30s (Centigrade), the motherboard itself sits around the mid-30s, the VCORE runs in the mid-20s and the DRAM is low 30s.

None of this is to say that I have any complaints about my PC's performance as it currently stands...I'm just wondering if I'm using the most "optimal" settings for my build, you know? Anyway, any input would be appreciated.

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 Post subject: Re: Power management / overclocking question
PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 12:37 am 
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Basically, you're not going to see any real performance increases by overclocking your CPU. There's nothing really out there that fully taxes your processor. The gaming bottleneck is pretty much always the GPU. So unless you are doing a ton of video editing or Auto-CAD renders, it's kind of pointless to overclock your CPU.

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 Post subject: Re: Power management / overclocking question
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Zanth wrote:
Basically, you're not going to see any real performance increases by overclocking your CPU. There's nothing really out there that fully taxes your processor. The gaming bottleneck is pretty much always the GPU. So unless you are doing a ton of video editing or Auto-CAD renders, it's kind of pointless to overclock your CPU.
Okay, good to know, thanks for the input.

What about the power phase control options? Or am I revealing my ignorance by asking a question you've already answered, and I just didn't follow you? :?

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Standard or Optimized should do just fine.

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Zanth wrote:
Standard or Optimized should do just fine.

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