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Is it worth Overclocking your machine?

Today we are going to address a very interesting topic for computer lovers, overclocking, it is a practice that can bring many benefits to your activities if done correctly or simply end up with your hardware if not done carefully.

Is it worth overclocking?

Overclock: Breaking the Barriers

Hardware is not the most discussed subject here on the blog, and in the Diolinux canal but also one of my non-blog and channel occupations is to teach hardware and that's the subject "overclocking" recurrent.

Overclock It is the name of the technique of configuring a computer's processor, memory or video card to work at a frequency above the factory default, also called "Stock".

Many people who are interested in hardware eventually become interested in Overclocking, the problem starts when the person doesn't study before making parts modifications and ends up damaging the equipment.

Overclokc chip Nvidia

The idea of ​​today's subject matter will illustrate the benefits and harms of overclocking and guide you who want to enter this world.

The Advantages of Overclocking

We can gain several advantages through overclocking, the clear advantage being the increased performance of your hardware without the need (in some cases) to invest in new equipment.

Another advantage that I like to highlight is your own learning, if you are a dedicated person you will surely find in overclocking practice an excellent "excuse" to study hardware, processor architecture, memory latencies among other things.


Overclocking performance can be applied in different ways, overclocking gaming, in this case the main focus is the frequency increase of the video card; there is also overclocking focusing on simply increase the clock (from the processor for example) at most there are national and international overclocking championships and rankings.

Overclocking if done well can be a significant savings, for example it can improve the performance of a Core i5 and make it even and in some cases outperform i7 models by paying much less for it.

Disadvantages of Overclocking

It is worth warning once again, the main "danger" of overclocking is the burning of equipment for not knowing how to do it correctly, so I encourage you to research and enter forums, taking courses if possible can be a good theoretical base, knowing hardware will Help you not to shit.

When we are working at a frequency above that designed for it, we invariably reduce the life of the equipment.

No need to fuss about it from my point of view, a processor made to last many years, so if you overclock and the processor instead of 25 years, last 10 years you will still be in profit, after all, You won't have the same CPU for 10 years, will you?

Intel Processor with Haswell Technology

In the previous paragraph we commented on the economics side, in fact, small overclocks can be done using a air cooler This is traditional, which comes bundled with processors, but if you intend to do something stronger then consider working better on a cooling system.

Formerly the method used by CPU manufacturers to increase their power was simply to increase the clock, until it reached a margin of 3.8 Ghz, but these chips were very hot, the solution found was to put multiples with a lower clock that would compensate for lowest frequency this way.

When overclocking the parts will invariably heat up, so think of a water cooler, or even using nitrogen for cooling should be considered.

The Water Cooler is suitable for domestic use leaving nitrogen to overclocking Obviously the use of these more complex cooling systems requires a larger investment, ie not all economy.

When is Overclock worth doing?

This is a very specific situation now that you already have a sense of the pros and cons of Overclocking practice, where most of the time the question "Do I need to overclock? " followed by the answer "No, not necessary."

Users considered to be able to perform all activities, including playing, with the pieces in "Stock", that is, using the factory settings.

Overclocking will be useful when you have more modest hardware (not too modest!) And you don't want to spend too much to upgrade your computer and still earn an extra FPS.

Another interesting situation for increasing the native processor frequency to better scale the multi GPU, when you have an SLI or CrossFire with their video cards, an overclocked processor can reduce a possible bottleneck.

Here's an example of extreme GPU overclocking using Nitrogen for cooling running BF4, notice the big difference in the game's FPS: