What is Overclocking?
Overclocking is the term used to define the process of achieving higher rates of performance from your CPU or GPU without additional hardware. It is done by increasing the clock rates of the device from the standard frequency on which it is shipped with. It definitely leads to a boost in performance but the magnitude of this improvement is always not that great. This also often results in decreased stability and worst case burnt chips.
Does Overclocking void the warranty?
Yes, since overclocking is the act to pushing your CPU or GPU to run on a higher clock rate than that what is recommended by the manufacturer. So it definitely does void warranty. But that is not going to stop anyone from overclocking now is it? Since we are the ones paying for the products we have the every right to do as we please. And who doesn’t want that extra bit of performance out of their devices.
Is it safe?
Generally speaking, yes but as long as you don’t mess up the core voltage and the temperature gets out of hand. Thus cooling is a very important aspect in overclocking. Make sure that the cooling is as efficient as possible and then start playing with the options.
How to Overclock
You definitely need some tools before starting to get your hands dirty in overclocking. Firstly you need a Benchmarking tool. That is going to be your initial point of reference when you start overclocking. Benchmarking tools test the limits of your hardware and present a suitable score that can be used to compare with your end result.
Secondly comes testing and stressing tools. Now, this tool is going to test the stability of the hardware after you have overclocked the hardware. In this process, you are going to look for artifacts. Artifacts occur when the hardware is not stable. When this happens you need to do either of two things. Firstly you can step the clock down to make it stable, which also means sacrificing performance. And secondly, you can increase the core voltage of the hardware, which is going to stabilize the clock but increases the temperature and thus risking the life of the hardware.
Thirdly you need an overclocking tool. It can already be done through the BIOS (for CPUs only). Thus the overclocking tool becomes a bit optional but rather than restarting your PC every time you can just use a tool to overclock and test it on the go.
More in-depth tutorials will soon follow!
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