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Overclocking Risks and Rewards

Most of the controversy surrounding overclocking is related to the risk-reward issue: what is the real benefit of overclocking, and what is the true cost? This section takes a look at these issues in what I hope is a reasonably objective manner.

Overclocking is inherently risky because in doing so you are attempting to operate your hardware in a way that it was not designed to work. Circuit timing in a PC is very delicate in some cases, and you can cause very subtle problems by tinkering with it. In the sections below I try to look more specifically at what risks there are with overclocking.

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