How to overclocking CPU

If you're looking to speed up your PC, but can't afford new components for your PC then you can still improve the performance without spending any money at all. Here's how to overclock your CPU whether it's an Intel or AMD processor. See also: AMD vs Intel. Overclocking a CPU can make it run faster, but you should be aware of the dangers Overclock an Intel processor using the Extreme Tuning Utility Overclock an AMD processor using OverDrive You can use your motherboard's auto overclocking feature Overclocking is the process of making your processor (CPU) run faster. The performance is already there, but by default, the manufacturer (Intel and AMD) restricts the CPU's performance to a 'safe' level to ensure it's reliable for a longer time. You can choose to make your CPU work faster by changing a few settings, but there are risks - see below. Depending on your chipset, for example having a Devil Canyon versus Ivy Bridge chipset, they will have different ways of overclocking. Therefore, if you're looking to achieve the highest possible overclock on a specific chipset, it would be best if you followed a dedicated guide for your chipset and processor. You'll only be able to overclock a processor if it's 'unlocked'. For example, Intel has a 'non-K' Intel Core i7 which has a locked clock speed, preventing you from overlocking it and a unlocked-K version of its Intel Core i7, allowing you to overclock the processor. In order to make this guide relevant for all readers, we will not concentrate on a specific chipset, but rather look at the tools and auto overclocking methods available to you. If you're looking to fine-tune and get the maximum performance out of your processor, you'll need to fully understand the process of overclocking and also sacrifice several weeks to overclocking, as it's a lengthy process through trial and error. Achieving the best overclock is no simple task and often requires a good 'silicone lottery'. The lottery comes from various different processors having different voltage requirements to reach a certain clock rate. For example, looking at the same model Intel Core i7 3770K processor, on CPU will need 1.35 Volts for a 4.5Ghz overclock, whilst another will do 1.15 Volts for the same clock speed. Due to the complications you might run into with overclocking a laptop, we've chosen to stick to desktop computers. If you're looking to overclock a laptop you have to be extremely cautious, given that their heat dessipation is limited.