Hey guys! So, I’ve gotten a lot of questions asking me if it’s safe to overclock a CPU using any kind of software. It happens so often in fact, that I thought it would be helpful if I were to write out my answer and the most common points made by both sides in order to help people more easily find this info in the future.
Not everyone has a super nerdy tech obsessed friend like me. LOL! So here is some helpful info for those of you who don’t have a personal tech guru to call. 😉 So today I am going to go over CPU overclocking software and the pros and cons of using a program to overclock your CPU.
First off, I want to try to explain if I can, what exactly overclocking is in a brief and very simple way. The CPU/mainframe, also referred to as the processor is basically the brain of any tech device because it tells the other device components what they have to do and how fast they can do them. Also, it acts as the memory. Just like your brain gives every other part of your body instructions on how to function and is in charge of storing memories, the CPU does the same for its body, the rest of the computer.
Overclocking is the process of increasing the base performance. The base performance is the level at which the CPU functions without any added software, upgrades or having to buy a more expensive or better one. So basically, it’s a way to get the best performance out of your processor without needing an upgrade of the actual CPU itself. Instead of upgrading, you are using a program that allows you to modify the core specs of the current CPU beyond what it is marked as on the box.
Buying a new CPU in order to get better performance can be expensive. Overclocking, on the other hand, is a way to increase the performance of your processor without going out and buying a whole new one and wasting hundreds of dollars, when you can just improve the one you already have by using CPU overclocking software that allows you to increase the core specs to something a little higher.
Here is an example, If you have a CPU that is 3.6GHz, out of the box, and you overclock it, you may get the performance equivalent of a 4GHz CPU just by using a program. That may seem like a small difference but in the gaming world, it’s the difference between life and death. If you can’t react fast enough, the game is already over.
Every processor is different, so you may have one that may only be able to be overclocked by 2GHz or so. You and your friend may have the same one, but you might get a higher overclock than they do because you got a good processor. It can be a bit complicated to explain all at once, but don’t worry. I will be writing a companion article about how to install and set up the program soon.
Some of the benefits of overclocking are that you get extra performance on your processor without having to spend too much money. Overclocking is really good for anyone who loves to play video games or needs to do a lot of graphic design or video editing for work or just in their spare time.
You will get faster performance in your programs such as games, opening programs, internet tabs, or running multiple things at once without it running slow. Games will run a little better as well, because you are increasing the performance, so all the games you like to play should run smoother and have more stable FPS (Frames Per Second) in game.
The main issue with overclocking is that you need to tweak the settings little by little and you need to know a bit about how it works before you try it for yourself. If you want to overclock your CPU, make sure that you look up a tutorial or guide on how to do it step-by-step, or even better, read my next article. 😉 Don’t attempt to use overclocking software if you don’t have a basic understanding of how it works first, or you can risk damaging your CPU in the process.
The issue people have with overclocking is that many people don’t look up a guide on how to do it. Then, they go and try to tweak settings that they don’t have any understanding of. Doing that will overload the CPU and can fry it. If it is set too high, to a setting that the processor can’t handle it overheats and dies.
Is It Safe?
Yes, it is safe to use CPU overclocking software. The programs are designed to be easy to change settings to what you want them to be. It takes some knowledge of overclocking as well to use these programs because if you don’t know what to do it is not wise to change things.
Another example is, if you change your 3.6GHz CPU to 4.2GHz and your particular processor can’t handle that amount of power, than it will potentially overheat and fry the component entirely. Please make sure you know what you are doing if you are going to attempt to overclock your CPU.
And The Verdict Is…
Overclocking your processor is a good start to upgrading your PC without spending too much money on parts you don’t need. If you keep in mind that overclocking is safe if done with the right amount of knowledge and skill, it can be a great asset to your gaming or graphic design plans for the future.
The process takes time to complete because it has to be done step-by-step and you have to know when the limit to your CPU has been reached, so you don’t fry it in the end. Have fun with it and don’t let the process scare you away from learning how it works and implementing it into your spare time.
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