Overclocking is the action that allows you to force the components of a computer in order to work at a higher speed than normal. This technique is usually applied to the central processing unit (CPU) or graphics processing unit (GPU), but can also be used in all devices that have an internal clock frequency or marker as the graphics card, RAM sound cards. This is a technique that can involve risk if you does not take into account a number of things. Improve the parameters of the components without proper use can cause an increase in temperature and a consequent burning of the processor. You can produce damage to hardware and restarting the computer system if additional cooling is provided. Moreover, to achieve the purpose of overclocking all components have to be of high quality, it does not help either that the CPU is very fast but the other elements are not.
How to know if I can do Overclocking?
The user may not be able to apply this technique to the components of your computer. Many boards do not allow you to alter your values and modify their performance to get more speed. Intel sells “Extreme Edition” processors with un-clocked multipliers, intended for those who want to overclock and squeeze the most of the CPU.
Reasons for “overclock”
The advantages are many: you can get a faster CPU altering the parameters that come from the factory, being able to perform more operations per second. However, today’s computers are fast enough that the user does not even have to do this practice because of carrying it out might not notice differences in performance. To those who may be interested them most is the users PC to play video games and who wish to increase the speed of your hardware although this sector may also be the case that the current CPU are so modern that no improvement is noticed.
When to do it, it should be ensured that the computer that is to be performed this practice has adequate ventilation. Usually, with the CPU is a heat sink and fan factory, the two components are designed to handle the amount of heat produced. Yes you increase performance more heat you produce, therefore, will have to implement additional cooling that can be achieved with accessory vent heat to achieve more power. You have to leave space inside the computer case so that air can move. It is very important that air can flow, has to have more of a heatsink or CPU fan. It’s advisable to use a water cooling system although you can get a higher price. Pumped water system through tubes inside the computer case, which absorbs heat and heat is pushed out. This is more efficient than the system provided by the fans.
You need to enter your computer’s BIOS and increase in small quantity, the clock speed of the CPU and then start the computer. Check that the system is stable and has been running Prime 95 to simulate heavy use and monitor the temperature to ensure that the cooling is good enough. If stable, it is necessary to increase it a bit more and re-run the computer. It has been gradually increasing until it becomes unstable or too hot, then turns to a stable level.
Drawbacks of this practice
Overclocking may void the warranty of the components. If proper cooling is not achieved or the CPU clock is altered too, the CPU chip may become too hot to be permanently damaged. At all times you must check the temperature of the CPU and make sure the cooling is adequate. It is not recommended to overclock laptops as they usually do not have much space for air flow is adequate at those levels. Much information on the net about this technique applied in one way or another dependent specific hardware and there are several forums and communities in which they talk about it and in which the user can submit questions and find out responses.