How To Make Your PC Run Faster
As with any technology product, computers are shrouded in a lot of mystery, especially when it comes to repairs. So, to help all you computer users out there, here are three more myths about computer repairs debunked!
Many users are happy with their home computing experience, until they read an article about overclocking, and realise they can make their computer run a little, or a lot faster. For many, this is just a point of interest, or getting more value for your money, while for others it becomes a hobby or obsession. Years ago, it was quite a rebellious thing to be doing, as the processor makers didn’t want their parts running too fast or too hot. Now, they all provide official apps to make it a safe trick to perform.
As a computer repair service, we should warn you that overclocking, if taken to extremes, can cause system instability, or at the very worst fry your processor. Please consider that before you start tinkering. Also, most laptop processors cannot be easily overclocked, so this is generally a trick for desktop systems.
Many modern computer processors come with something called burst or turbo mode. This is when the CPU runs faster than normal in order to handle a high data load. This is the computer’s own, totally safe way of overclocking the system. If you have a recent modern PC, check the processor details – type ‘Check Processor Speed’ into the Start search box and you’ll see the model and basic speed. Google the processor type and a result will tell you what the boost speeds are.
You can also download a tool like CPU-Z (http://www.cpuid.com/news.html) that will identify your CPU, graphics card and RAM type – these can also be overclocked. Official apps and drivers are the best way to overclock your processor. These include Intel’s Extreme Tuning (http://www.intel.co.uk/content/www/uk/en/motherboards/desktop-motherboards/desktop-boards-software-extreme-tuning-utility.html), whilst AMD and Nvidia graphics card drivers already come with their own overclocking utilities.
The safest way to overclock any part of your system is to increase the multiplier setting (the factor that increases the processor’s speed) by a single unit at a time. Test it for a while, or run a benchmarking tool. If everything performs to your satisfaction, turn it up another notch and repeat. The minute you start seeing software crashes, screen errors or your system pauses with a heat warning, then you know you’ve gone too far. Turn it back down to a stable setting.
The advantages of overclocking include smoother system operation when running multiple applications and better gaming performance. It can also help to educate users about the components in their systems. However, we must repeat our warning that extreme overclocking can severely damage the component concerned and so you should be very careful and consider this warning at all times.
For more information on how we can help you keep your computer in great shape, or for advice on how to fix it if your computer is already in need of repair, call us at Goldmine IT Support Ltd today 0203 583 2650 or 07951 337 336.