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Guerrilla Overclocking Primer

Why Overclock?

How would you like a PC 30 percent or more faster, for FREE, and with very little risk? It's a bit of a no-brainer really isn't it? We all know that at some point in the future we will have to upgrade our PC and this is usually to resolve a performance related issue. It's too slow, it stutters and freezes or it's simply so slow its unusable with the new versions of Windows, games or applications software.

Overclocking is becoming more popular than ever as a means of getting more out of your PC without having to spend any money. With economic times as they are this is very compelling. There are just a few good vendors and system builders out there able to offer overclocked systems that are reliable and stable so shop around if you intend on buying.

What is "Guerrilla Overclocking"?

Guerrilla Overclocking is a method that balances time required to achieve a given overclock against the benefits. One search of the internet or browse of the overclocking forums will reveal pages and pages of overclocking material that is hugely time consuming, full of omissions and errors and assumes a lot of prior knowledge and experience. The complete process and method used to produce professional PC's encompasses:

Hardware design,
Overclocking Techniques and Procedures,
Monitoring and Alerting,
Database Logging and Reporting (1000's of component combinations tested and verfiied),
Operating System Configuration,
and finally Stress and Soak testing.

Im not going to go into the full method in this hands-on practical Primer we are just going to cover enough to get you quick results so that you can go solo with your own overclocking by the time you have reached the end of the very few pages of this article. You could consider it a method for the time poor overclocker not only does it not take long to learn it also takes only a few minutes to implement in practice. Though don't misunderstand us overclocking is very complex and it's as much of an art as a science and the complexity and challenge of extreme overclocking should not be underestimated. What we are trying to give you here is a significant boost in performance with a few simple measures and without all the complexity.

Isn't it risky?

I have been overclocking memory, graphics, processors and motherboards now for over ten years and have not had one single production failure that occurred as a consequence of overclocking. I've had many failures in the lab but then that's what the research lab is for! The secret is in testing many configuration options and running many benchmarks to work out were the safe limits are and there really is quite a long way to go before you reach anything like a danger point in overclocking the hardware. There's a lot of headroom built into the quality end of the technology to cope with widely varying circumstances in which it may end up working. For example it's quite typical for a current Intel Core 2 Quad processor with a 2.66GHz factory set clock speed to run in excess of 3.5GHz with no adverse consequences.

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