Pros and cons of overclocking your CPU

Planning to overclock your CPU? Make sure know these advantages and disadvantages before you do it.

By Nilakshi Pathak

    To reduce the cost of buying a CPU, we often end up buying a cheaper CPU. However, you can overclock your CPU for boosting its performance. It should be further noted that through overclocking a CPU has its pros; it also comes with its cons. You can overclock your CPU with a little guide, but only an expert can do the perfect overclocking of the CPU without reducing its span. In this post, we will have a look at the meaning of overclocking along with its various pros and cons.

    What is overclocking?

    Overclocking is a method by which you boost the performance of your CPU by sending more volts to it. Manufacturer fixes the performance of your CPU. However, you can change it with overclocking. A CPU can be overclocked directly in the computer BIOS. By doing this, without any extra software and hardware, you give your CPU an immense power to perform better. If you use your computer for the normal thing, you don't need overclocking, but if you are a gamer with a cheap CPU, it's the best for you!

    What are the pros of overclocking?

    The best thing about overclocking is that you increase the performance level of your CPU. Many gamers overclock their CPU and GPU for enhancing the performance level. Few parameters where you will benefit by overclocking are improved graphics, reduced response time and new benchmarks for operating the complex software.

    What are the cons of overclocking?

    As explained above, overclocking is done by sending more than the required volts. This increase in volt often overheats the components. As a result, over a period, the lifespan of your computer component decreases. Though this damage occurs gradually but it's a huge one!

    Each CPU comes equipped with a fan and a heat sink which is sufficient enough to remove the usual heat generated in the CPU. However, the fan and heat sink together fail to suck the heat when you overclock. Another con of overclocking is the bugs that it comes with. When your CPU overheats, your computer ends up crashing. This can also result in irreparable damage.

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    What can you do to reduce the damage caused by overclocking?

    What can you do to reduce the damage caused by overclocking?

    One needs to take extra precaution after overclocking is done. This includes using water cooling to cool down the CPU. It is an expensive but effective method.

    Wrap Up

    If you want to increase the efficiency of your CPU, overclocking it is a good idea. But don't forget to take extra care of your computer system after overclocking your CPU. If you use your computer for general stuff, it is better you invest a bit more in a good CPU to receive the desired performance.

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