Overclocking, if you have never heard of it before, it is the dark heart forcing your electronics to perform better than the manufacturer intended your Computer, CPU, Tablet, Phone and any other modern computing devices. You might own have processors inside them that all have something in common, their performance is dictated by the design or architecture and the number of cycles that they can perform per second.
Which is usually represented as frequency or clock speed. So that is where the term overclocking comes from. You are taking the clock speed and turning it up over the manufacturer’s recommendation to get more performance. Now, as we told you before, clock speed is not the only factor.
So, it’s not like you can overclock a calculator to perform as well as gaming PC. With that said, you can make the calculator faster, relative to its original state. So, how do you do it? Well, first you have to decide if you want to overclock. Because it often requires other aspects of your device to be run outside of specification. What will happen is your device will become unstable as you turn up the speed.
You can compensate by turning up the voltage, but that can cause additional power consumption and more heat output, seasoned overclockers will have experience with anything from large heat sinks with fans for cooling to liquid cooling or even more exotic sub-zero cooling. If they are trying to get maximum performance, more voltage also increases the risk of failure. So, for this reason, many manufacturers will refuse outright to provide warranty service on overclocked electronics.
Still, want to do it, you are not alone, lots of people are willing to make these trade-offs that are just mentioned here. For more performance, there are comprehensive guides that exist for overclocking, pretty much any device that would benefit from it, many Android Phones can be overclocked with a simple app download and PC overclocking is a very popular pastime with gamers, video editors or anyone else who needs more performance from this or her computer.
Is Overclocking Safe?
There are a lot of people out there that are not using their hardware to its full potential because they are afraid of something. Because of a lot of misinformation is out there in the world. Things have got better when it comes to overclocking. And, people generally accepting it, hopefully by the end of today’s video, you will be one of those people as well. First of all, you have to understand what overclocking is and that’s simply increasing either the multiplier or the frequency of your component. Whether it be a graphics card or CPU or even memory to get more operations per second to make it operate faster.
Now, that might have already thrown some people out, just basically think about it this way – it’s like putting the gas pedal down, farter on your car, let’s say, your car had a screw that stopped the gas pedal from going any farther. Than that overclocking is your backing that screws off, so that, you are going to allow that gas pedal to go down even farther because well from the factory they are built to go much faster than the ship which means, you have a lot of headroom and free horsepower. Just sitting there, waiting to be tapped. Well, if the chips could go faster then, why don’t the companies just ship them at their max speed already. Because you have to understand, how many units are built and shipped?
We are talking about hundreds of thousands of video cars over the last several years and millions of processors shipped over the last decade. And, the memory modules and all of that stuff. Well, you have to think about the RAM or return merchandise authorization and warranties that are involved with that. Whereas, a huge number of those parts can actually, well exceed the factory clocks that they are being shipped as they have to think about the failure rate. And, these companies like Intel and AMD and Nvidia have to make sure they can keep, you good yields because if you are shipping good things literally at the limit and they are breaking left and right and they are taking back these warranty returns and having to ship more than, they are just losing money.
So, what they have decided to do over the last five or six years, it’s got really good, many far the more like seven years. Where these companies have started to relax the locked functions. Of these CPUs and Graphics Cards, now to allow you, if you want to take the risk ad they are very adamant about it, being a risk you can play around with your components and get more speed if you want. But on AMD now, you have got the black edition which has unclocked voltage and frontside bus multiplier, you can play around with all that stuff until now has the case queue and they even sell an additional warranty. So, if you blow up our processor or do two overclocking it. You get another one very inexpensive and Nvidia and AMD both on the graphics card side.
Have started to implement good headroom on the amount of additional power target and voltage and stuff that you can work with. Again to try and get better performance, at the trade-off of higher heat, and potentially degrading the lifespan of the product, now I think that’s one of the things that scares people is – they hear about degradation or degradation of the chip. And they think if I overclock this, every time I turn on my computer, I am just degrading and I am shaving life of it.
And, whereas, that might be true. What you are doing is – you are shaving it off obviously, the tail end of its lifespan and you might have turned a chip that would run otherwise ten or fifteen years and made it maybe run seven or eight years before it dies. Are you planning on upgrading before you potentially hit that lifespan? I am going to use an example here of an Intel ISA 300. It was a core 2 Duo Chip. It was clocked at 1.86 Gigahertz and it was unlocked, overclocked, mine to 3.42 Gigahertz. That was an 80% overclock and I have still to this day never had a chip of a nice if any type that has achieved that level of overclocking that was like Intel’s pinnacle of overclocking and they have never been able to get anything that overclocked nearly as far.
But the reason why this is being mentioned here is that CPU ran at 3.4 to 24×7 and no terminal or no turbo clock. It just ran, you turned it on, it went to 3.42 and it never cams down. None of that power balancing crap. No, the C states or any of that and that CPU lasted over seven years. The reason, why it’s said, you know, the CPU lasted was because it was the motherboard that died. It was an old LGA 775 socket and it just wasn’t worth replacing by the time it died. So, the CPU was still working, actually after seven years and spending every day of its life, overclocked to that speed. With a lot more voltage, going it in that and every shipped from the factory, now, what’s an example of a great silicon lottery winner.
Where you get a chip that overclocks. Well, on the flip side, the lottery loser would be the chip, that no matter how much voltage you give it, no matter how much you try and tweak the multiplier or the core, or the base clock, just won’t overclock. And, that is and you have no control over that. You either get a great one or you didn’t sometimes, you can find one in the middlemost of us. Have one somewhere in the middle ground, but you always end up hearing up all those people on forums that just flat out lost, the silicon lottery and you kind of feel bad for them and then you all kind of hate the guy that just absolutely won Mesilla.
The lottery has the magical chip that will go to 5 gigahertz plus with hardly any extra voltage. And, we all love to hate that guy. So, when you overclock, you are shaving off some of the lifespans, but you have to ask yourself when you are planning of upgrading if you are on schedule and you upgrade your computer every three years?. Or you, buy a graphics card every other year, you are not going to shave off enough life to even notice any sort of degradation that in the span of which you have owned that card or that CPU. And the Telltale sign of degradation is where your clock is no longer stable anymore.
At the overclock, and you have to start bumping it and as you decrease it. You start to decrease some of the load or again degradation, it pushes it back out again. So, it’s just a balancing act. Now, the number one killer of overclocking components, believe it or not, has nothing to do with the clock speed. It has everything to do with the voltage and exponential heat. That’s going to occur when you start to add voltage and overclocking to your parts. Now, a lot of people think it’s linear, you had X amount of voltage as temperatures going to go up on a straight line. It doesn’t work that way, some chips most of the chips, a little bit of voltage can be a sudden spike in temperature where let’s just use, for example, a 6700k at 1.3 volts.
That’s kind of hard to get kind of high on Intel and it might be running. Let’s say at 75-degree Celsius under load on basic water like Ultima water cooling loop. And, then you bump it upto let’s say, 1.3 to 5 which is just 0.50 of a voltage and suddenly it jumps up to 85-degree Celsius. Thus, jump for just a little bit of voltage and what you find is – as you start to reach the limits of the CPU, the voltage jumps. It will give you much bigger steps of temperature, increase and the whole reason we have been mentioning this is that means, you have to keep the temperatures in check.
So, the point here is to get the best results with overclocking your CPU, you need to have a really good cooler, whether that be like a Noctua NV 14 or some sort of a 120 millimetre or 240-millimetre water cooling loop. Something that’s going to give you better than factory cooling. Factory heat sinks that come with Intel and AMD or garbage. Paperweights, that just belong in the trash if you think you are going to overclock.
Does it’s not going to happen with those you need more headroom, when it comes to cooling, heat again. I am going to repeat – this is the number one killer of components, even stuff that is an overclocked factory CPU coolers are terrible. Even at factory clocks and I think everybody should be running some sort of a custom cooler. Everyone should have a dual loop, skunkworks in their system. As far as I am concerned, our team don’t think you have to pay for it. The world should just give it to you, but unfortunately, that’s not free.