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What is overclocking a computer?

  1. arizonataylor profile image82
    arizonataylorposted 5 years ago

    What is overclocking a computer?

  2. Georgie Lowery profile image94
    Georgie Loweryposted 5 years ago

    From what I remember, it's pushing your machine harder than the processor is intended to go.

  3. Patkay profile image90
    Patkayposted 5 years ago

    Overclocking is simply making your computer processor ran faster that intended. The benefit is that you are going to have high speeds but the bad thing with overclocking is that you may make your computer to start hanging due to overheating.

  4. oldhorse profile image67
    oldhorseposted 5 years ago

    CPU chips have a clock input, which controls the duration of a cycle.  A cycle is just a state transition within the CPU's internal circuits.  Each instruction the CPU executes requires one or more cycles.  Any given CPU will have a rated clock speed, meaning that the manufacturer guarantees the results will be reliable at that speed.  You can try to increase the clock speed (overclock the CPU), but it is possible that in some cycles the circuits within the CPU won't have fully completed their transition to the next state.  So, you might get unreliable results.  Working the computers circuits faster will also require more power, generate more heat, and lead to timing problems with external components.  In short, it is a way to make your computer faster and less reliable.