The art of overclocking has been around a long time, but it’s constantly evolving. Whereas only a few years ago you needed to replace jumpers on the motherboard to get access to a few pre-defined front side bus (FSB) frequencies, today’s motherboards can generate hundreds of frequencies from the BIOS setup program without changing the speeds of other components. And now you don’t even need to do it through the BIOS setup—software exists that lets you overclock from within the operating system itself.
Lots Of Software
In this article, we’ll tell you about a number of different applications that let you overclock your processor, as well as your graphics card. Some of them can even change memory frequency and timings. Obviously, you use software like this at your own risk, but if you stay within reasonable limits, there’s not that much danger of damaging your hardware—and the benefit in extra performance is quite often substantial.
- Two Favorites: CPU-Z And GPU-Z
- For The CPU: SetFSB
- Motherboard Utilities
- nTune and OverDrive: Overclocking With AMD and Nvidia
- Memset: For Memory Optimization
- Overclocking Made Easy: Drivers
- For Nvidia/AMD Graphics Cards: RivaTuner
- PowerStrip: The Veteran
- ATI Tray Tools And ATITool: Two Different Programs
- Overclock a Netbook? Yes, It’s Possible