Whether you’re new to the world of PC gaming or your PC is in dire need of a boost, overclocking is one of the best ways to maximize performance overall. Even a small bump in performance can delay the need to upgrade your CPU and save you time or money in the long run. With over 20 years of experience, XOTIC PC offers the know-how you need to try overclocking without damaging your computer. In this guide, we teach gaming enthusiasts, graphic artists, and media streamers how to safely overclock. With our help, some time, and patience, you can boost CPU speeds by 10 percent or even more.
Don’t let the overclocking competition photos or videos fool you. Overclocking is not all about liquid nitrogen. You can actually overclock a wide variety of PC parts, but we’ll focus on the CPU for this overview. Overclocking allows you to squeeze as much performance as you can from the current components in your PC, so you can avoid spending more than you need to on newer, faster components. Overclocking starts with tweaking your hardware so that it runs faster than the manufacturer intended. The central processing unit (CPU) is like the “brain” of your computer, and it can be overclocked by adjusting the settings through either the motherboard’s Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) or Basic Input/Output System (BIOS). As long as you tweak the CPU in moderation, you shouldn’t damage your PC.
There are a few things to consider before you attempt overclocking for the first time. First, not all processors can be easily overclocked. Double check whether your AMD or Intel processor is unlocked. Second, a CPU produces more heat when you add more voltage. By the same token, you need more voltage to power higher clock speeds. Last but not least, there is only so much voltage your PC can handle before you see a drop in frame rates. You might also see corrupting processes or experience a failure to boot. Overclocking comes with serious risk, especially for PC novices. If you can find the delicate balance between speed and heat, you can achieve a stable overclock on your CPU.
With time and a little experience, you will learn how your CPU responds to various amounts of voltage.