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    How do I know if my new computer has been overclocked?

    Hi,
    I just received my shiny new computer.....
    It is supposed to be overclocked to 4.3GHZ.
    When I check the system it says i5-2500K CPU @ 3.30ghz.
    I downloaded a utility to check the clock speed - (dont know why because I am none the wiser) and it shows
    Core Speed 3292.5ghz
    Mulitplier x 33.0
    Bus Speed 99.8 Mhz.
    Now to my totally technophobe eyes it dont seem to be overclocked.
    Is it?
    What other "things" must I check to see if it has been OC?
    Allan.

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    Re: How do I know if my new computer has been overclocked?

    If you have purchased it with the claim that it is overclocked to 4.3GHZ,
    right-click mycomputer select properties, and it should show you at what speed the processor is running. If it is not 4.3Ghz then it is not....

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    Re: How do I know if my new computer has been overclocked?

    A quick call to the company who sold it will tell you what to change on the BIOS, they can tell you how to do it over the phone, its usually that easy. Your system could of been configured for the full overclock and then changed to factory settings to install the OS. Now I think you just need to OC it again post OS install (and done over the phone with guy telling you what to change on BIOS)....

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    Re: How do I know if my new computer has been overclocked?

    Quote Originally Posted by CorTed View Post
    If you have purchased it with the claim that it is overclocked to 4.3GHZ,
    right-click mycomputer select properties, and it should show you at what speed the processor is running. If it is not 4.3Ghz then it is not....

    Ted
    Hi,
    As I said, when I check the system it says i5-2500K CPU @ 3.30ghz.
    Allan.

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    Re: How do I know if my new computer has been overclocked?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Jarratt View Post
    A quick call to the company who sold it will tell you what to change on the BIOS, they can tell you how to do it over the phone, its usually that easy. Your system could of been configured for the full overclock and then changed to factory settings to install the OS. Now I think you just need to OC it again post OS install (and done over the phone with guy telling you what to change on BIOS)....

    Alex
    Alex,
    I am a total spanner when it comes to the inner workings of a 'puter.
    Just the mention of the word BIOS brings me out in a rash.
    I will have to give them a ring, you never know it might already be overclocked and I will look like a pleb when I call.... only probs is they are not open until Monday and I want to install FSX and all my add ons over the weekend. Will messing with Mr BIOS mean I have to wait?
    I hope I get someone with a lot of patience who can walk me through the process without me blubbing in the corner and soiling myself.
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    Re: How do I know if my new computer has been overclocked?

    Allan,
    It sure sounds like the machine is running at stock speed (not overclocked). The way to overclock is to get into the BIOS and tweak the various numbers to get the machine to run at faster speeds. If you are not familiar with this I would not advise for you to do this, and wait to call the vendor for help.

    You should however have no problem installing FSX at this time along with add-ons and then do an overclock at a later time.

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    Re: How do I know if my new computer has been overclocked?

    I agree....Install everything now and OC later!

    By the way the BIOS is the 'Basic Input Output System'.

    The Bios is that black screen as soon as you turn on the PC. It usually says 'Press tab' or 'Press F8' for setup (and says it really quickly, maybe 2-3 seconds and then goes to windows startup screen). You know what screen I mean? Right at the beginning! If you enter to the Bios you will get some ancient BBC Basic Style Blue Settings Screen come up where you have to use TABS and Cursors to change BIOS settings.

    It is that screen where 'if your motherboard is overclockable' you can do the magic and 'mod' your CPU and get that hertz thingy higher! You can do loads of other stuff such as change disc boot order, view temps, fans and voltages and change many other settings.

    The Bios is basically like 'right clicking for properties' but on your motherboard (and you dont need to get into Windows to do it).

    I hope this gives you at least some idea of what it is now! Im no PC brainer either!

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    Re: How do I know if my new computer has been overclocked?

    Alex,
    I am with you, I thought I had to pull out a screw driver and start moving cables about. If it is just a case of clicking a few options when someone tells me too, even I can do that.
    Allan.

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    Re: How do I know if my new computer has been overclocked?

    Download freeware utility called "cpu-z" it's used by all overclockers and gives all the info you need to check your system
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    Re: How do I know if my new computer has been overclocked?

    Couple of quick points - Windows will always report your Core iX CPU as running at stock speed in Computer Properties, even if you've overclocked it. That's because OC on these processors is done by adjusting the turbo multiplier primarily, rather than the actual bus speed. So ignore that. As jonesthesoftware mentioned, CPU-Z will do the trick if you want to see if you've been OCd.

    The figure you're looking for is the core speed. The multiplier below it shows how you get from the bus speed to the actual processor speed - multiply one by the other. Also, bear in mind that if your computer has no load, the CPU will scale back to it's base clock, which in the case of your Core i5 is 3.3GHz, even if the turbo multiplier has been adjusted. So make sure you have a progam open in the background that eats CPU while you check CPU-Z (FSX in flight in a window would be ideal).

    If you could find out which motherboard you have - model number and manufacturer - then I could probably be of more help. But if it's designed to be an OC rig then it's probably one of Asus, Asrock or Gigabyte. Now Asus in particular put an 'OC Profile' function in the BIOS which basically lets you keep several sets of clock settings and switch between them. If the system builder has configured it like that then it's quite possible that it was delivered with the stock profile active and all you'd need to do is go into the BIOS and switch over to the OC profile.

    If not, then overclocking it yourself is not a massively demanding job - you can find instructions on the Web in many places - but you must be careful about voltages. If you over-volt the CPU or the RAM you may kill them. Modern BIOSes make this hard to do and many have so-called AI Tuners which will automatically overclock the board, but these tend to be very conservative. To get the i5 2500K to high levels of overclock calls for manual tweaking by someone who knows what they're doing. If your PC has been supplied without the overclock when you paid for it to be done, you're entitled to have them take it back and do it properly.

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