Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Overclocking


Overclocking is a term used when the CPU is run at a higher clock rate than prescribed by the manufacturer of the unit. Although it may sound dangerous, the process of overclocking is actually done to speed up the computer’s operation in order to avoid pauses or lags during use. It involves the manipulation of different computer components including BIOS updates and OS drivers.

Advantages of Overclocking

Usually, overclocking is a method done by computer enthusiasts who want to bring their computer’s capacity up a notch without paying for the privilege. For example, one can buy a P1600+ model, overclock it properly and get a speed equal to that of a 1900+. In some cases, overclocking is done to keep the system updated with the requirements without having to spend extra on new hardware. To put it simply, overclocking lets computer users save on money while still getting quality performance in their PC’s.

Disadvantages of Overclocking

Pushing a computer beyond its limit is bound to produce unwanted consequences and for those who are not practiced with overclocking, this could lead to a damaged computer. First of all, owners who overclock their PC’s while still under warranty voids the agreement on the CPU, the motherboard and almost every other component. This is because overclocking affects a wide range of computer hardware either for the better or for the worse.
Putting a CPU through the stress of overclocking also makes it more susceptible to climate changes. In fact, heat generation of an overclocked CPU is found to increase, making it necessary to provide constant cooling to the device. Those who perform the process during winter might also be surprised that the computer would start to malfunction come summer due to the climate change that oveclocking cannot handle. The procedure itself is also temporary, meaning that one cannot expect to overclock each time a new system comes out. At some point, replacing the whole structure would be more ideal than pushing the CPU to its limit.

Overclocking Safety

For those who want to start overclocking, it is important to keep these reminders in mind to avoid damaging the computer.

Gather Information

Overclocking methods vary depending on the computer’s hardware including the motherboard, CPU, RAM, operating system, video card, fan and other devices attached to the PC. The good news is that a lot of forums today have members that provide reliable instructions when it comes to overclocking provided that the aforementioned information is given.

Make Time

Overclocking a CPU takes time and for those who are freshmen in doing this type of work, the process can bring about impatience. However, people should understand that rushing the overclocking process can only lead to failure and might necessitate doing the whole process again. Worse, this could kill the components of the computer, triggering the need to go out and buy a completely new model anyway.

Temperature

As mentioned, an overclocked computer – or even in the process of one – could generate tremendous amounts of heat. Every computer owner should be aware exactly how fast their fan gets rid of computer heat and how long the computer could stand it.