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Overclocking...what Is It...and...how


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#1 david28

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Posted 02 February 2008 - 07:54 PM

Hi everyone,

I recently ran SIW and it said that my CPU is running at 1600Mhz. In the same field it said my maximum CPU speed was 3000Mhz. Does this mean my CPU can be speeded or overclocked up to that speed. If so, would it be worth overcloking it 100Mhz?

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Posted 02 February 2008 - 08:12 PM

Hello,

What processor do you have? also, what sort of cooling does the system have?
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Posted 02 February 2008 - 08:27 PM

I believe it either means:

1. Thats the maximum speed of a processor your motherboard can support

2. Some motherboards/processors can be set to underclock the processor at times when its unneeded to be running at a high frequency (such as idling). This reduces the amount of heat and strain on the processor.
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Posted 02 February 2008 - 08:40 PM

I have a HeatSink fan and an AMD Sempron Processor 2600+ 1.60Ghz. I have an MSI motherboard.

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Posted 03 February 2008 - 07:09 AM

While overclocking can be useful in some situations, if done incorrectly can damage the system hardware. There are many ways to overclock a CPU, but the most effective of these (I believe) is the BIOS. Can you get to the BIOS? This page provides a bit more reading on the subject http://www.hitechbits.com/articles/overclock1.htm
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Posted 03 February 2008 - 08:22 AM

I just read recently (in other threads here at BC) about a feature for AMD's called Cool and Quiet. It slows down the processor when it doesn't need to be running at full speed.

Info here: http://www.amd.com/us-en/Processors/Produc...5E10272,00.html
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Posted 03 February 2008 - 04:05 PM

Ok thanks for the replies! :thumbsup:

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Posted 04 February 2008 - 06:25 AM

Glad to help.
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