Overclocking A Motherboard

Overclocking a motherboard is mainly a set of well-known mechanisms that is applied to a machine for it gain better performance. The overall system performance increases by up to 35% to 55%. Overclocking procedures can generally be applied to many areas in any computer system including overclocking a motherboard, memory, graphics cards and the CPU.

Mostly, overclocking one component affects other components. Thus, overclocking is not a very easy task, but when successfully done, the outcomes are very encouraging.

Overclocking is risky though, when you overclock the motherboard in your machine, you force them to operate at a higher speed than their ratings. This in turn increases their temperature. If there is no effective cooling for these components, the system becomes unstable and some of the components could be totally damaged.

Overclocking usually doesn’t call for any extra devices. However, if you are willing to extremely overclock your device, you will need to add a convenient cooling device that keeps your system stable. Below are ways of overclocking your motherboard.


Modifying Bus speed

Increasing the Bus speed makes the entire system run faster. Bus speed defines the speed that the motherboard and other parts of system operate at. You can adopt this method and the next one to achieve faster speed.

Modifying multiplier settings

Multipliers are located on the motherboard in different forms for example x3,x2,x1 etc. The Bus speed is multiplied by these numbers giving the central processing unit speed. For instance if you have a Bus Speed of 150 MHz and a multiplier of x3, then the CPU speed is 450. Increasing the multiplier leads to a faster CPU speed.

Overclocking via BIOS

BIOS systems provide the option to alter CPU speed. This is the simplest way because it’s all done on your computer screen. When booting, enter your BIOS and look for the CPU speed alter option. Then just adjust the values and enjoy the results.


Playing with the jumpers

This requires to open your computer case. Always have your motherboard’s manual with you. Carefully go through the manual to see how you should fit the jumpers. Adjust their position in order to alter the bus and multiplier settings hence higher speed.


Using overclocking software

This is another simple way and it is highly recommended. Search online for “Overclocking software”. I can’t recommend a particular software vendor. After downloading and installing the software, it’s as easy as using the graphical user interface to modify CPU speed. Only proceed after reading the software manual and guideline.