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Processors: Can speed be increased?

By OSMAN NAJI
Feb 28, 2014
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  1. Can processor speed be increased without changing or removing any harddware
     
  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,003   +1,503

    Depends on your specs and what you mean by increase.
    • Some processors are unlocked and can be over-clocked by increasing the processor frequency multiplier (which is multiples of the system bus frequency). This only effects the stability of the processor if clocked to high.
    • Many systems even if the processor is not unlocked, can still be overclocked by increasing the system bus frequency. Changing this frequency effects everything in the system, which can cause system instability with anything.
    • System builders will lock both system bus and frequency multiplier, by customizing the system BIOS. Limiting the BIOS is the number one reason, I do not like prebuilt systems.
     
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  3. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,469   +622

  4. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 841

    Some CPUs can overclock, some can't. Some motherboards can and some can't. You need both.
     


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