Re: Official "I just got a Geforce GTX 465/470/480" thread
Pfft. Overclocking is perfectly safe and reliable. All you need to do is download Prime95 to test the overclock with, and if it passes, you will never have a problem.
I've been overclocking for the last 4-5 years and have always had a stable system through this method. No unusual crashes or instabilities. These come most of the time from not supplying enough voltage to the processor or FSB, but most motherboards these days are dummy-proof and increase these automatically for you.
I have a Xeon quad right now that came stock at 2.66GHz and is running at 3.8GHz and hasn't crashed once in the last two months I've used it. And I'm running intense 3-D rendering apps and math calculation programs like Prime95 on it daily.
A Q9550 will overclock 600 MHz without even a voltage bump. All that requires is increasing the FSB in the bios.
Find some overclocking tutorials and learn how to do this. It's truly worth it.
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