I am often asked with these questions. What is overclocking? Can I overclock? What are Advantages and disadvantages of Overclocking? Today I will answer them all in this writing.
What is overclocking?
Well, before getting to the actual question, First you have to know what is clock in technical terms.
Basically, the frequency at which any micro-processor operates is called the clock speed of that processor.
I would like to describe this a little more brief. So, as we all know that we are surrounded with computers all around us. No matter if it is a Smartphone, Desktop Computer, Laptop computer or a calculator, Yeah you heard it right, a calculator is also a type of computer. All these and other types of modern day computers have Processing IC in them, called processors.
Every processor has its processing frequency, at which it operates. This frequency is measured in Megahertz or Gigahertz more often. When the processors are manufactured, the vendor or the manufacturer sets its operating frequency. Such as the Samsung Galaxy S3’s CPU is clocked at 1.4 GHz by default.
If you are not satisfied with the performance of the processor, then you may over-clock it upto a stable frequency. Overclocking comes with advantages and disadvantages like any other technology does. Overclocking is not enabled by default in most cases and you have to unlock the processor to increase its operating frequency.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of overclocking?
If you are not satisfied with the performance of your CPU or GPU then you can overlock it so it can operate at higher frequency to provide you lag free and snappier experience. But there are some disadvantages of overclocking as well.
- If you overclock a processor, you are really pushing the limits of it and doing so will increase the overall speed and responsiveness of your computer, which can also be a mobile phone.
- Gaming experience can also made better by overclocking the GPU of computer.
- You are making the processor to go beyond its default frequency which will definitely decrease the overall life of the processor itself.
- Overclocking generates a lot of heat and you would need a special cooling system if you don’t want to turn the processor into a burnt piece of hardware.
- Overclocking a laptop or mobile can also hurt you as these type of devices not have any special cooling or ventilation so be careful with overclocking.
- Overclocking is not meant for everyone, only overclock if you know how to, and what are you doing.
We do not recommend anyone to overclock their devices as it involves more risks than advantages. We strongly recommend you to invest in a faster hardware than overclocking.
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