Busting the Overclocking Myths

There is a lot of overclocking myths out there that I would like to settle once and for all. I will also be going through the pros and cons of overclocking. I tweeted out to see all the myths my followers have come across over the years and here are some I compiled the list.

Myth

When if you overclock you will burn down your house.

Fact

With anything when it comes to computers now have a lot of safety features now that when your hardware gets to the limit that the manufacturer places on the hardware it will either throttle or the pc itself will shut down.


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Myth

You can cook food on overclocked hardware.

Fact

 The chances that you can cook on the hardware that you overclock are very slim as the hardware has fail safe protocols in where as soon as you hit a certain temp, it will shut down.


Myth

Overclocking will shorten the life of your hardware.

Fact

As long as you don’t try to break records and keep it as a 24/7 overclock then you should be fine.


Myth

If you overclock you will void your warranty.

Fact

The chances that the manufacturers will find out that you overclocked your hardware are slim.


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Myth

Overclocking should only be done by experts and manufacturers and no beginners should do it.

Fact

With everything you have to start at the bottom and when it comes to computers it is no different, and with the overclocking heavyweights they had to start somewhere and that was a beginning.


Myth

You have to get a specific CPU to be able to overclock.

Fact

If you want to overclock the easiest way to overclock is by the multiplier, while you can overclock those “locked” CPUs  (for example Intel i7 4770 and the 4770k the k SKU is unlocked while the non k SKU is locked) but you will be limited by the manufacturer as they have limiter has placed on the CPU.


Myth

You need to have to spend a lot of money on cooling.

Fact

You can start with the cooler that comes with the product, it just means you will be thermal limited as the stock cooler is there to keep the product at stock nice and cool within its limits. Adding more airflow into your case can also help with keeping the temperatures down as well.


Myth

You need to know the Ohms/resistance of the processor (You can thank someone on twitter who will be unnamed).

Fact

I hope I shouldn’t have to explain this one but ill do it anyway. You don’t need to worry about the resistance of the CPU as there is no way you can change the resistance.


While there is some things that go around that can happen when you overclock but there are always some pros and cons when it comes to everything as well.

PROS

  • Free/better performance.
  • Extended use of the hardware with software your using.

CONS

  • Added heat.
  • Added wattage to the Power Supply.
  • Your electricity bill will slightly go up as you will be using more power.
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