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To Overclock or not? Advantages, Disadvantages,Pros and Cons

Updated on October 29, 2012

Computer Processor

Computer Overclocking-Pros and Cons

Many people ask themselves, “is overclocking worth it?" The answer to this question depends on your purposes for overclocking.

Top percentage of PC Overclockers:

  • PC Gamers
  • Benchmark Testers
  • Fanatics

Pro Advantages for an Overclocked system
Overclocking a computer allows you to squeeze extra energy from your computer’s hardware. When the hardware is operating at faster clock-rates, tasks will be performed quicker. This can provide useful for: Gaming, Benchmark tests, increasing performance for free, and putting to use the full potential of your PC.

Main Disadvantages when overclocking
The main risks involved with overclocking are: creating system instability, overheating, and damaging your hardware. How far a system is pushed reflects reliability and how much damage may be caused. When you overclock a system, you are essentially raising the voltage required for each piece of hardware you are overclocking. Damage occurs when the voltage count is raised at an unsafe system level.

Now that the pros and cons have been weighed, “is it worth it?” Overclocking is definitely worth the risk if treated with caution. Almost all CPU s that are damaged during overclocking have been a result of too many volts. Too much voltage leads to overheating, and overheating leads to fried CPUs. Know your PC/Hardware limits. If you have an air-cooled system, you will obviously not be able to overclock as high as someone with a water-cooling system. It's good to increase voltage and frequencies in low increments. After each new level has been tested as successful, raise it again. Computers will generally crash before burning out or any permanent damage is done. An overclocked computer is not as risky as it seems. Many people who know what they are doing have successfully overclocked their systems to increase at higher rates, while maintaining stability. Overclocking is recommended to everyone who is wanting extra performance out of their computer

*Overclocking decreases the life expectancy of any component; however, hardware generally lasts a long time. Your overclocked components would be obsolete by the time they burned out,and most of you would've replaced it before that time comes.

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