Socket-A Overclocking Guide
Written by: enginjon
on: April 17,2001
Some of the most
frequent questions that I am asked are in reference to the process of
overclocking AMD Athlon Thunderbird and Duron processors.
It has become well known that these processors have much potential for
of you may be asking... What is overclocking?
This guide is intended to explain and introduce you to overclocking in
general, and to take you through the entire process of overclocking Socket-A
Processors are shipped from the factory set to run at a default clock speed. The operational clock speed comes from the product of two numbers, the FSB (Front Side Bus) and the clock multiplier (ex. 100MHz * 10 = 1000MHz). CPU's are designed to work at values of each, and within temperature and voltage values. Who is there to stop you from changing any of these values? Overclocking is the process of running your CPU at values/speeds other than the default settings. By increasing either the clock multiplier or the FSB, you can increase the speed that your processor runs at. The possibility to purchase a slower processor for less money, then to overclock it to speeds equaling and exceeding more expensive processors, is where the desire for overclocking comes from. Overclocking does have its limits though. It is different for every chip; some can run at higher speeds before reaching maximum voltage and temperature barriers.
the thought of increasing your clock speed is intriguing, it is not guaranteed.
Default speeds are set where they are to provide solid performance at a
standard voltage, and to keep the operating temperature of the processor under a
By increasing the clock speed above the designed limit, the internal
transistors are switching on and off faster, and thus creating more heat.
Too much heat will cause performance degradation, and permanent damage.
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