If you don’t know what overclocking is then there is from Wikipedia,
Overclocking is the process of running a computer component at a higher clock rate (more clock cycles per second) than it was designed for or was specified by the manufacturer. This is more usually practiced by enthusiasts seeking an increase in the performance of their computers than professional users, as overclocking carries risks of less reliable functioning or even damage. Some purchase low-end computer components which they then overclock to higher clock rates, or overclock high-end components to attain levels of performance beyond the specified values. Others overclock outdated components to keep pace with new system requirements, rather than purchasing new hardware.
As this definition says, there is a risk involved with this process as you are making your processors to work beyond their “recommended” capacity. And it worst case scenario there is a risk of physical processor damage is involved.
But despite of all these risks, I tried (succeed ) to overclock my processor. The main reason of this is I have AMD Thuban X6 (2.8GHz, hexacore processor). Good thing about this series is they can be easily overclocked upto 3.2 GHz. After some digging I actually found that AMD has a utility called AI Suite, and with it’s help you can overclock these processors with just a single click !!
Above is the screenshot of AI Suite II (utility I used to overclock my processor). I think this utility is available on internet, but I don’t know how well it works with NON-AMD processors. All I had to do was to just select Auto Tuning option (see above screenshot) and click on Fast. And all it did was rebooted my machine and then it showed me that my machine is now overclocked from 2.8GHz to 3.2GHz.
I’ve no tried “extreme” setting. But I think that even if I will try, my processor will not be able to go beyond this 3.2GHz range. For not I am just OK with current clocking speed and I can actually feel that performance has been improved a little bit.
That’s it for now.
It’s Just a Thought …