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Overclocking my AMD CPU, how can I retain the power saving feature - AMD Turbo Core?

Is there any way to retain AMD Turbo Core feature when I overclock my FX 6100?

Or is it just a negligible waste of energy and money without the CPU automatically slows down itself?

If I overclock with AMD Overdrive however, AMD Turbo Core still works though. But I heard that software overclocking isn't good and unstable.

I'm a noob at this stuff, asking for some clarifications.
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  1. When it comes to overclocking i disable turbo core but leave power saving features enabled, that way you get the max oc when it's needed and power saving when idle.
    And yes, overclocking via the bios is always a better way to go.
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    And, don't be overclocking if you don't have a good aftermarket cpu cooler. Hyper 212 EVO, minimum, if you're overclocking. Preferably something better but for sure not the stock cooler. For Turbo core the stock cooler is ok, not great, but it will work because it only overclocks a few cores at a time and for short periods. If you overclock with a utility or in the BIOS you are overclocking ALL cores on a permanent basis so heat generation is much higher.

    You can leave Cool and quiet enabled and the other energy saving features, if you really want to, but it's rather counter productive. Allowing cores to be powered down doesn't permit the cpu to be much more effective than Turbo core, so if you're going to do that you might as well not overclock and just leave Turbo core enabled.
  3. How is leaving power saving features counter productive?
    When the system is idle it doesn't need to be run at max clock and load voltage, you are just generating unneeded heat and using more power for no reason.
    The only reason to disable them features is if you are really serious about oc'ing and want to find the max possible oc.
  4. ShadyHamster said:
    How is leaving power saving features counter productive?
    When the system is idle it doesn't need to be run at max clock and load voltage, you are just generating unneeded heat and using more power for no reason.
    The only reason to disable them features is if you are really serious about oc'ing and want to find the max possible oc.

    If you journey to the following thread and scroll down to the post by 4Ryan6, one of the most respected Tom's members of all time, you will understand why it's generally a given that C&Q should be disabled when overclocking. That is, of course, not the last word on the subject either. There are about twenty or so tweaking tutorials by some of the legends of overclocking that validate those opinions. Who am I to argue with them?

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/262142-29-will-cool-quiet-kill-overclock
  5. To each their own i guess, everyone has a different way of doing things.
    If you feel that power saving features are holding you back then by all means disable them, i've personally never felt that way with any of my rigs.
  6. ShadyHamster said:
    To each their own i guess, everyone has a different way of doing things.
    If you feel that power saving features are holding you back then by all means disable them, i've personally never felt that way with any of my rigs.


    Amen. If it works, it must be ok. If there are issues, eliminate the possible causes. It might even depend on the board you have. Some boards with better power management and VRM's may react differently to C&Q than cheaper boards.
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