can someone explain what "over clocking is"

Found 6th May 2007
lately iv been shopping around for a few upgrades for my acer AMD dual core 3800+ PC.and iv seen this phrase pop up a few times. What is it? Does it make your computer run faster.

Is it possible on every computer or just a certain few

Thanks in advance to anyone who chooses to abreviate on this

  1. Misc
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  2. Clock


Im not sure, but is it not the water cooling system that is put in some high spec machines?

Not big into PC stuff but they mentioned it on the gadget show a month ago as they were building a gaming PC and they purchased a cheaper processor and over clocked it so it ran faster saving money instead of buying a more expensive processor that ran faster

It's somethig to do with making a processor run faster by "over clocking it" and making run at a faster pace and you install a cooling system to make sure it does not burn out

Think it is somewhere along the lines above but a techie should be able to explain it better for you

Original Poster

i didnt even know water could be put into some machines lol.

Here are some google pages on "over clocking"…ing

Basically, overclocking is running the computer's central processing unit, CPU, at a faster speed than it was designed to do. It can be risky as it gets hot pretty quickly and you don't want to damage the chipset, but as long as it's well cooled it should be okay.

Also, should be noted as soon as its overclocked, the warrenty is now void.

Original Poster

thanks everyone for the info.dnt think il try end up breaking my PC

If it's an OEM machine like an Acer/HP/Dell etc. it's very unlikely you will have overclocking controls in your bios. Also to ensure a good overclock you normally need good ram (to take the increased speed), a good motherboard (with locks to prevent the AGP/PCI-E bus running too fast) and a good power supply to ensure stability which again most OEM PCs will not have.

With overclocking you don't really run much of a risk of breaking the processor, when you're starting to get too high for your setup you'll generally find your computer becomes unstable or won't boot which simply needs the motherboard reset back to stock settings. If you run at a high overclock for a long period of time with insufficient cooling you're more likely to have the cpu fail but a good overclocking processor can run day in, day out with a reasonable overclock for a long period of time. You don't automatically void the warranty either unless the damage caused can be shown to be directly attributed to the overclocking.


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whats bois mean

I'm so very sorry I read it as 'overlocking' and wondered why you wante to know about sewing :giggle:


whats bois mean

BIOS = Basic Input Output System, it's sort of the firmware for a motherboard where you change low level settings. For example, a standard bios will let you change the date and time, enable/disable hard drives, the boot order, enable/disable onboard devices such as soundcards etc.

Motherboards aimed at overclockers tend to have far more options - overclocking isn't just changing one number, there's a lot more to it for a serious overclock. You can feed your cpu more voltage to increase stability (at the cost of producing more heat), go for more aggressive memory timing, set memory dividers if your ram isn't matching your processor and many more.

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