- on Miscellaneous Electronics
- Published in issue 5/2001 on page 0
go faster at no extra cost
With clock rates of 500 MHz and more, it would appear that modern CPUs have enough processing power for all imaginable applications. However, computer users always want everything to go even faster. With a few simple measures, you can get certain types of processors to run at higher clock rates without spending a single extra penny.Overclocking is a sort of game, in which the objective is to get a processor that has been specified for a particular clock rate to run at a higher clock rate. This is frequently successful if the supply voltage for the core is modified and extra cooling is provided. After all, most processors are ‘spec’ed’ by their manufacturers such that there is still a reasonable amount of performance margin (at least 10% on average).