[rc5] Dangers of overclocking

Michael Graff explorer at flame.org
Fri Jul 11 17:13:05 EDT 1997

Overclocking a CPU is a dangerous game to play.

The problem is that the CPU runs "just fine" for weeks or even months
straight, but someday the room temperature will rise up just enough
to make it fetch a bad byte from memory.

This is most commonly found when compiling or running long-term processes
like rc5.

I encourage you to NOT overclock your machines and run RC5 on them
EVEN IF IT GAINS MORE KEYS/SEC.  If that glitch just happens to make
your machine miss the key because of an overclocked CPU that small
percentage gain isn't helping at all.  And it is more likely that you
will find that glitch than you will find the key.

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