ALL ABOUT OVERCLOCKING
What is overclocking?
Overclocking is pushing your computer components harder and faster than the manufacturer designed them to go. All you have to do is: Buy a slower, lower-cost CPU, juice up the clock speed, and abracadabra! You have a cheaper and high-end processor!
Of course, it’s not that simple. Overclocking can certainly speed up your system (and save you some money!), but only if you do it right. So, read on and concentrate!
As Overclocking is a complex topic, we’ll keep this blog as simple as possible.
There is no guarantee that your system can be overclocked. The hardware you have is only guaranteed for the speed printed on the packaging and anything faster is pure luck.
Overclocking can make your system unstable and lead to hard lockups and software or OS crashes.
Overclocking can void the warranty.
How to get started:
Before you get started, make sure you have the latest BIOS flashed for your motherboard. If you are not aware on how to reset your BIOS settings, be sure to have the motherboard’s manual handy.
A simple and stable way to overclock a system is the CPU multiplier way. This only affects your CPU, which means maximum system stability. Sadly, both AMD and Intel locked the multiplier on most of their chips many years ago. Too many people were buying cheaper CPU’s and overclocking them to a more costly version. Better CPUs like the AMD Black Editions, are publicized as ‘multiplier unlocked’, so Google to find out if your processor is unlocked.
To use this method, enter your BIOS and bump up the CPU multiplier by 0.5 then save and reboot. If it reboots, you are carry on and continue to bump it up by 0.5 until you get the black screen. Most motherboards will recover after 10 seconds and reset your BIOS settings back to default.
A more common way to overclock your system is FSB overclocking. This technique overclocks everything on your motherboard, which can be both helpful and risky. What you have to do is enter your BIOS and bump your bus speed by 5-10MHz and then save and quit. Do this until you get the black screen or until the motherboard throws an error.
Video Card Overclocking:
If you have a fast and stable system but are looking for a few extra frames per second (FPS) in your favorite games, try video card overclocking. RivaTuner is a popular program but many others exist. You can adjust various clocks on your video card by using such tools.
Enjoy and Remember:
A little boost is usually not worth the instability. Different games and programs push different parts of your system to the limit. If your system is experiencing any sort of instability, set your system back to default and see if the issue goes away. However, you may have to make adjustments in the future