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Thread: Overclocking The Cpu

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    hi there, i was reading a question somone had posted, and somone had put they ahd overclocked their processor.

    Sorry for the real NEWBIE question, but what is overclocking?
    How do you do it?
    What are the advantages/disadvantages?

    Thank you

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    Overclocking is tuning your CPU in a way it runs faster than it's designed for.

    It has its advantages (much faster) but the disadvantages are great: cooling problems, shortened lifespan, etc...

    It has to be done very carefully and with great knowledge of computers, so not for newbies (nor me).

    Here's a site where you can find information about overclocking:
    http://www.speedguide.net/Overclocking/ove...rclocking.shtml

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    thank you. Very informative.

    Won't be overclocking mine.

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    Same for me.
    I'm waiting untill I have a new computer before I start experimenting with overclocking my old one.
    That way I know it doesn't matter if (or better: when) I screw up.
    The easiest way to enhance performance for newbies like us is putting in more RAM.

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    If you have a good board and cpu, it should be possible to overclock via the BIOS, as long as you have some really good cooling set up. It should be ok to mildly overclock...just for the sake of experimenting

    the disadvantages are less this way, the cpu is designed to be overclocked and stressed manufacturers retail their chips with a speed that maximises life span....however they can be pushed pretty far

    note - possibly the most notable disadvantage of manipulating the cpu would be that it voids your warranty too

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    overclocking is actually pretty harmless, you just have to get a basic idea of what you're doing first so you don't panic when nothing POST's... check out the forums on Toms Hardware - toms of info there...

    NB, if you have a newer P4 you can get really good resulta without too much trouble...

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    Originally posted by stumpy39@12 February 2003 - 11:01
    overclocking is actually pretty harmless, you just have to get a basic idea of what you're doing first so you don't panic when nothing POST's... check out the forums on Toms Hardware - toms of info there...

    NB, if you have a newer P4 you can get really good resulta without too much trouble...
    I agree but you shouldn't make it sound THAT easy.
    some newbie could toast his processor

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    People would buy chips from Intel, overclock them and sell the system, the shady manufacturer disappeared so they decided for security chips to prevent overclocking. They are more afraid of what a retailer might do, rather than what you do with it.

    Overclocking would increase your processing power, etc, with all the enhancements. Once you go over the specs though it is dicey. If you burn up your processor then they'll just sell you a new processor so they are happy.

    In terms of warranties etc would this be obvious to determine??

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    A lot of the newer chips these days are coming out with overclocking block technology. As some say there are up's-n-downs when it comes to overclocking. Cooling is the main priority when doing so. If done I would sugggest a better heatsink/fan combo and perhaps a case fans or two. Or the poorman's way, leave the case sides off


    I've done a lot of overclocking of cpu's over the past 6-7yrs and continue to do so, never lost one yet. As for *ntel, the older Celeron cpu's were the better of *ntel to oc, you could up lets say a 500mhz to oh a easy 700-850mhz, even higher. *MD cpu's were aso easy before they too started incorportating the blocking technology. That didn't last too long, ways to oc starting emerging. You could take a 500mhz up to 550-600mhz, best I could get without having to resort to the well known water cooling method was taking a 900mhz to 1100mhz.


    Just thought I would share some of my success. As stated, it will void warranty, can cause instability, pc lockups, BSOD if oc'd too much, but if you have a few laying around have at it, experiment. B)
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    Ya all seem to have missed summit oot, HOW TO DO IT???

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