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Subject:Overclocking Possible with Acid?
Posted by: krispy
Date:6/26/2009 12:00:21 PM

Displaying my ignorance again!

Anyone know if "overclocking" is possible & works ok with AP 7?

thanxxxxxxx! :-)

Subject:RE: Overclocking Possible with Acid?
Reply by: Bremen Cole
Date:6/27/2009 9:40:02 PM

Overclocking is a hardware issue, not so much a software issue. If your motherboard/cpu/memory/cooling system....etc can take overclocking, and the computer is stable.... then Acid will be as stable as any other software running on that computer......

My question to you is... why do you want to overclock? Frankly, modern multi-core computers are very powerful, and really overclocking is just not necessary. Years ago, yes, it could help. But heck, if your computer is less than 2 years old overclocking should not be necessary. Any overclocking effects the stability of the machine and the life of the machine. As far as I can tell there is just not enough gained to put the stress on your computer.......

Subject:RE: Overclocking Possible with Acid?
Reply by: jackn2mpu
Date:6/28/2009 4:41:54 AM

I thought the only ones who did overclocking were gamerz?
Probably what the op is having a problem with is video more than audio. Get a better video card with more memory and things should be okay. Also add the max amount of ram your computer can handle - running short on ram will choke even a dual quad core 3GHz+ machine! And make sure the computer power supply can handle it all - most ps's are spec'd too tight with no room for expansion.

Subject:RE: Overclocking Possible with Acid?
Reply by: kitekrazee
Date:7/2/2009 9:03:00 AM

There's really no point in over clocking when a DAW app is designed to work with multicore processors.

Subject:RE: Overclocking Possible with Acid?
Reply by: shakey
Date:8/16/2009 5:32:09 AM

yes, do your research and make sure your pc is stable with the overclock. Read custom pc magazine for information, micromart also has some useful articles sometimes too.

I continually run out of cpu headroom, even at 48khz/24bit, my core2 duo is running at 3ghz, from 2.2ghz. If you are just using acid to make traditional recordings you wont need the extra cpu, but if you make heavily experimental or cutting edge dance music and use a lot of high end plugins, and high sample rates, you will very quickly run out of room. At 96khz a plugin will use twice the amount of cpu.

with overclocking you can take a £50 cpu and turn it into a £130 one quite easily

Subject:RE: Overclocking Possible with Acid?
Reply by: shakey
Date:8/17/2009 5:06:09 AM

This should give you a good start. I've never tried it with an amd chip, but I think the principles are roughly the same.

It is all just trial and error really, as long as you can keep the heat under control and keep the fan at a quiet noise level you are fine. I try to keep mine below 60-70 degrees at full load, other wise the fan gets too loud. You can stress test it at full load using a freeware program called orthos, which is a multithreaded app which calculates prime numbers and keeps the cpu running at 100% on all cores until an error occurs. If you can run that for 24 hours constantly without an error ocuring then your pc can cope with anything.

I use a free program called speedfan to monitor temperatures

Have fun!

Subject:RE: Overclocking Possible with Acid?
Reply by: shakey
Date:8/17/2009 5:22:56 AM

"Any overclocking effects the stability of the machine and the life of the machine"

I disagree with the stability issue. If you have a decent motherboard which is designed to overclock, and a decent psu which can provide stable consistent voltages then it will be just as stable as any other machine if the temperatures are within limits. If there are stability issues then you have either gone too far or not given it enough voltage to sustain the speed, and not stress tested properly.

The reason overclocking is possible is because the cpu has to be able to run under all sorts of conditions it might be subjected to. For example a hot country like egypt or spain. This means that cpus have to be able to run at much higher temperatures than they are supposed to, otherwise there would be computers failing everywhere from stupid people who thought it would be ok to sit their pc in a dusty cupboard with no ventilation.
The core 2 duo for example generally runs at about 45 degrees at full load, but is perfectly capable of running at 80 degrees with no stability issues. This means that if you can keep your pc well cooled and ventilated you can push the speed up until it reaches those sort of temperatures.

I agree with your second statement about it shortening the life of your components though, because you will have to push more voltage through them to gain the higher clock. But given that a cpu is designed to last for about 15 years, and running it at a higher speed might reduce that to 10, do you think you will still be using the same cpu in 10 years anyway?

Message last edited on8/17/2009 5:26:44 AM byshakey.
Subject:RE: Overclocking Possible with Acid?
Reply by: jej
Date:8/18/2009 6:50:52 PM

I have run my systems for years overclocked without issue. Shakey is correct, with the proper components and the proper settings, overclocking isn't an issue. I overclock my GPU as well..... cooling is very important to maintain proper operating parameters....

If a person is not familiar with the process or doesn't have a board/system that has good support, surely finding an unstable point is very easy.

Is the benefit there... I would say yes... I know I am getting the most out of my system... and have been fortunate not to have a component failure at this higher levels.

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