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How far can you push a chip

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Totally depends what you're doing. Just browsing windows - nothing, but I imagine it'll make all of about 5-10seconds load time difference on BF2 and maybe 10% more FPS during FEAR.
 
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Not very really... I pushed my 4200+ up to 2.8 but the difference was barely noticable - maybe a few more fps in more punishing games (I don't tend to do anything other than gaming though, so I can't vouch for performance elsewhere). It was more of a "boasting rights" thing :D
 
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my 4200 runs at 2.7, and I notice the difference, but I apply a lot of heavy Filters in Photoshop, which is a Multithreaded app (2 cores at 500Mhz overtclock =1Ghz extra processing power)

If you do something like that (I imagine Video editing would see a similar increase, and know that certain Raytracing/rendering Apps do as well), then teah, you'll see ther difference. Also bear in mind that I run a high 1:1 HTT, so my RAM bandwidth (Photoshop will take all the RAM you can give it then asks for more), is a lot higher than standard.
 
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Clocking my chip up from 2.2Ghz to current levels, just short of 2.7 has made no noticable difference in windows, but a huge difference in things like ripping and converting MP3's.

Synthetic benchmarks are also a lot quicker, and games are a lot smoother, an extra 10-15 FPS in both BF2 and HL2, so yes it is worth it, but you will only see it when the CPU is under stress..
 
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I just set the Affinity to both core 0 + Core 1... You can probably do it as an extension of the Shortcut, but I do it manually (Less than 30 seconds work when doing 4-10hr Photoshop sessions is nothing).

I checked the Performance tab when applying a heavy Radial blur, and both cores were peged at 100%
 
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