plays an essential part of overclocking, and your systems health
as a whole. It is impossible to get anything done when your
programs are crashing, and your games are freezing continuously.
The higher you overclock; the more stress is put on your entire
system. When small signs of instability appear, it is often
hard to pinpoint the source. Is it a heat problem, windows,
drivers, or is your CPU just at its limit? There are several
easy to run tests, to determine the direct cause of instability
in your computer system.
are easy ways to identify a potential stability problem. First
and foremost, there is heat. Heat is a computers undeniable
worst enemy. Heat can, and will, damage any computer component
under the right circumstances. Luckily there are quite a number
of heat-monitoring software's on the Internet, including the
Monitor. The general rule of thumb for a processor's temperature
is anything under 40c and you are at a safe temperature, anything
under 30c is great. Most CPU's are rated to run up to 65-85c,
but it is safe to stay away from those numbers if possible.
The second easy way to spot potential instability is a high-overclocked
processor with little-to-no voltage adjustment. While this is
not true in all cases, raising voltage can increase processor
The key player in stability is the processor. The processor
effects everything aspect of computing operations. Unlike the
video card, which rarely has stability problems outside of high-speed
video rendering, the CPU is always in use one way or another
(even with AutoHLT programs). While the ram and chipset can
cause instability in any system operation, processor instability
is more likely to cause errors early. Because the processor
is the popular element to overclock, there are many programs
and methods to test how stable your CPU really is. Once you
have eliminated the processor as the source of instability you
can move onto the next factor.
the trend of multiplier-locked processors, how fast ram can
be clocked has become an increasingly avid topic. While you
can buy ram specified to run at 66, 100, 133, and 150mhz bus
respectively, it can be cheaper to buy ram rated as PC100, which
can run at 133mhz front side bus. Unfortunately, if the ram
is run at a speed higher than it can handle, it can cause data
corruption, crashes, and worse.