Overclocking is the process of increasing the speed of a CPU or other computer component beyond the clock frequency specified by the manufacturer. This is achieved by increasing the clock rate, changing the chip multipliers, or manipulating timing cycles.
Overclocking can be low risk (such as overclocking an under-utilized processor in a home router) to high risk (such as increasing the voltage to a high-end multi-core CPU). Users engaging in overclocking techniques generally need to increase ventilation to their computer cases, more closely monitor component temperature, and otherwise take extra precautions to ensure that operating the component outside of the manufacturers specifications does not damage the component.
- By Jason Fitzpatrick on 03/9/13