Wednesday, June 10, 2009

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Overclock Your Processor To Increase Windows Performance Rating

Want to raise your Processor score without spending any money? try to  “Overclock Your Processor,”. The processor (CPU) is the highest-profile component in your PC, and indeed, it does a lot of the heavy lifting in it. 

But processors also become obsolete the fastest, and given how expensive they can be, it’s not always a wise place to put your money. That’s where overclocking comes in; rather than spending money on a slightly faster chip, you can simply change settings in your PC to squeeze a little extra speed out of the one you currently have.

Overclocking is the process of instructing your processor to run at a higher clock speed (MHz) than its rated speed. For example, you may be able to modestly overclock a 2.40 GHz chip to run at 2.48 MHz, or your motherboard may offer overclocking at up to 30% of the rated speed, which would give you more than 3 Ghz on that same old chip.
Supposedly, Intel and other chip makers have taken steps to prevent overclocking (theoretically prompting purchases of faster CPUs instead), but some motherboard manufacturers have found ways to do it anyway.
To overclock your processor (assuming your motherboard supports it), go to your BIOS setup, and use the controls in the Overclock Options category. Make sure you consult the documentation that came with your motherboard or PC for some of the restrictions; for instance, overclocking on your motherboard may be limited by the speed of the installed system memory (RAM).

When you’re done, load up Windows and update your Windows Experience Index, as described in “Maximize the Windows Performance Rating,” earlier. Obviously, the Processor score should go up as you dial up the overclocking.

Now, over-overclocking a CPU—overclocking past the point where it’s stable—can cause it to overheat and crash frequently, and at the extreme, damage the chip beyond repair. Thus, the most important aspect of overclocking your system involves cooling, so make sure you beef up your computer’s internal cooling system (Water Cooling Is Going Mainstream For PC Performance) before you start messing around with overclocking. 
"Obviously, your options will be limited here if you’re using a laptop."
If you feel that your system isn’t adequately cooled, don’t be afraid to add more fans, but beware: do it wrong, and you could actually make things worse. For instance, you need to consider airflow when installing and orienting fans; if the power supply, for instance, exhausts air through the vent in the back of your PC, it must pull it in through the vent near your processor’s heatsink. So, make sure you orient the CPU fan so the airflow is as smooth as possible.

Most fans in modern PCs connect directly to special plugs on your motherboard, and are activated when internal thermometers (thermocouples) detect too high a temperature; these typically do a good job of moderating their cooling duties so that they don’t produce too much noise. But you may have to tinker with your BIOS settings to make your PC cooler (which can, by itself, improve performance), even if it means a little more noise from your box.

If you’re serious about cooling, there are a number of liquid cooling systems (Try, Water Cooling) that promise to keep hot systems cool. But they’re expensive, they work in large desktop PCs only, and they don’t necessarily reduce noise.
Increase your CPU’s speed in stages, if possible; don’t start off with the fastest setting, or you may end up with a fried processor and lightly singed eyebrows.

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