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Overclocking Your PC

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How to overclock your PC

Overclocking is a process which is used to boost the performance of your System. Overclocking can give you better performance but it also has its consequences.In this article, we will tell you what is overclocking, which things you should check before overclocking your PC, How to overclock your PC, Pros & Cons of Overclocking and at the end, we will tell you whether it is good to overclock your PC or not.

What is Overclocking?

Overclocking is basically the process of running GPU or CPU at higher speed. For example, your PC has an I7 processor with 2.80 GHz frequency, so if you overclock your processor you will run it at more than 2.80 GHz frequency which will increase the speed and overall performance.  Basically Overclocking is pushing your CPU/GPU beyond its stock limits.

Can you Overclock your PC?

Some manufacturers ship the CPU with the lock multipliers which prevent you from overclocking. In this case, you can’t do anything and you will need to change your CPU. Intel sells CPUs with unlocked multipliers which allow you to overclock your CPU and increase the overall performance.

Things you need to check before Overclocking your PC?

Make sure to check following things before overclocking your PC

  • Overclocking your PC will increase the performance but excessive voltage will also produce a lot of Heat, in this case, make sure to have the proper cooling system to keep the PC’s temperature under control. We would recommend you to use the Custom Liquid cooling solution because it is the best cooling solution for PCs. You can learn more about different cooling solutions right here

  • Check the limit of your CPU. All CPUs don’t have the same overclocking limit. If you have CPU of a good company then there are chances that you can push the limit up to 1 GHz which is amazing but some CPU start throttling at 0.2 GHz over their limit so you can do your research or you can do it manually. We will explain the procedure of checking the CPU limit in the next section.

How to Overclock your PC?

Before you learn how to overclock, take some time and think about what you want to accomplish with Overclocking. Modern CPUs are very efficient and they normally don’t need overclocking for better performance. Also, keep in mind that overclocking your PC will void your Warranty unless you have taken out the right warranty.  Some motherboards like some of Asus's have built in 1 click overclocking features which makes things really simple.  Some people like to push the boundaries a little and get the maximum speed out of there CPU. 

You can overclock your PC by following steps.

  • You need to check the stability of your PC and for this purpose, you will need software. You can download Prime 95 software which will simulate your PC for heavy usage. Other programs which are good for stress testing your CPU are Cinebench and Intel Burn Test.

  • Install the Prime 95.

  • Go to your BIOS and increase the CPU Clock rate and then run the blend test from “prime 95”.

  • Increase the clock rate and check if you’re PC if overheating or you see the blue screen if you are on windows.

  • Once you hit the limit, change the clock speed to previous stable frequency.

  • Increasing Voltage is a tricky part. Get into your BIOS settings and find CPU VCore Voltage and change it to “Fixed”. Increase your voltage by 0.01 volts at a time and monitor its effect. Continue the process until you find the voltage where your PC work smoothly.

  • Run the “blend test” again to ensure if your PC is working smoothly.

  • You can also choose the option of “Auto Overclock” and this option is usually available in BIOS>Overclocking. You will find several pre-configured overclock profiles. This option is viable for those who don’t want to get into the lengthy process.

  • Enjoy your PC at this maximum potential.

  • Do a lot of research and watch a lot of videos on how to overclock your particular CPU/GPU


  • There is only one benefit of overclocking your PC and it is that you can enjoy the PC at its full potential.

  • You can also save some bucks by overclocking.


There are several Cons if you overclock your PC

  • The biggest con of overclocking is that it could reduce the lifespan of components.

  • Second Con of Overclocking is the heat problem. When CPU overheats it often result in PC Crashes and it is really annoying. So make sure to have the adequate cooling system in place to keep the system at optimal temperate. You will need to have the liquid cooling because air cooling is not effective if you overclock your PC. You can read the full article on our website where we discussed the liquid and air cooling.

  • When you will overclock your PC, its warranty will often be void unless you take out Intel's overclocking warranty.

  • Risk of the damaging system.


Overclock boost the performance of your PC but it is also not good for your PC in the long run if you over do it. CPUs these days are very powerful and usually, you don’t need to overclock your CPU to get the best performance. If you are tech enthusiast or Hardcore Gamer you will most probably overclock your PC. We hope that you liked the post and if so then don’t forget to share it with your friends. Also, visit our website for more Tech Articles.