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(teacher) Hi - I've been working with computers since 1978 with my first PC Jr. - but I have never heard of this term. What is the exact definition of 'Overclock'? Thanks!
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You have an SLI motherboard and you have been working with systems since 1978 and you don't know of the term Overclock?
 
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When someone overclocks their computer (CPU, memory, Video Card, etc) it means you make it run faster than its supposed to.

With CPUs for example, the lower end versions are usually just higher end chips with a lower speed such as 2.1ghz. We can then raise the clock speed (hence overCLOCK) and depending on the chip, achieve very high clocks without spending money for the top-shelf item for the same performance.

It all translates for getting the most for your money.
    
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The teacher is speaking from the persons name.
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The teacher is speaking from the persons name.
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To overclock a processor means to either raise its (FSB) front side buss, or its multiplier (not possible with most as they are locked) to achieve a higher than rated processor clock speed. It's kind of self explanatory.
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post #7 of 34
Overclock = To raise the clock speed of a component to make it run faster. It effectively makes it run as fast as the 'dearer' products for a margin of the costs.

For example:

Q6600 @ 2.4Ghz - $220
Q6700 @ 2.66Ghz - $279

Overclock the Q6600 to 2.66Ghz and you have the Q6700 for a margin of the price

This can eb done with CPU's, RAM and GPU's

Why couldn't the Op just explain it?
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"Overclocking is the process of forcing a computer component to run at a higher clock rate than it was designed for or was designated by the manufacturer, usually practiced by personal computer enthusiasts in order to increase the performance of their computers."

For example, my processor is rated 2.66Ghz but I have it overclocked to 3.4Ghz. To buy a processor of that speed would've cost a lot more money then I could've afforded.
Now in order to keep this overclock stable (healthy?) it must be kept cool. We all buy special fans and heatsinks for our chips because the stock ones that come with the processor don't quite do the job.
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post #9 of 34
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Computers have changed greatly since then, my friend. All I want to know is what does it mean? I don't need a sarcastic reply.

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You have an SLI motherboard and you have been working with systems since 1978 and you don't know of the term Overclock?
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post #10 of 34
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Thanks - I appreciate your answer!

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Originally Posted by Higgins View Post
When someone overclocks their computer (CPU, memory, Video Card, etc) it means you make it run faster than its supposed to.

With CPUs for example, the lower end versions are usually just higher end chips with a lower speed such as 2.1ghz. We can then raise the clock speed (hence overCLOCK) and depending on the chip, achieve very high clocks without spending money for the top-shelf item for the same performance.

It all translates for getting the most for your money.
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