[rc5] Dangers of overclocking

Ethan M. O'Connor zudark at MIT.EDU
Sat Jul 12 21:21:58 EDT 1997


At 10:50 PM 7/12/97 +0100, Rebecca and Rowland wrote:
>The fact that virtually all microprocessors are quite happy at higher
>speeds is irrelevant - there's a whole computer out there, and overclocking
>affects *all* of it.  What about the extra power line glitches?  Is there
>enough decoupling for the higher speeds?  What about the extra power
>consumption - are the circuit board tracks dropping to much voltage?  And
>that's just for starters - there's an awful lot of components and
>connections that have nothing to do with the microprocessor, and you're
>speeding all of it up to a speed beyond its design criteria.

However, if you are increasing only the multiplier, and that
only to a speed for which the motherboard is rated (like a 
pentium 166 up to a 200 on a motherboard which can support a
K6-233), then the above arguement really doesn't apply.

-ethan
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