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What does overclocking a processor mean?

Many of us are pretty content with the performance of our high-end gadgets. However, there's always someone who wishes to push their device to its processing limit(and by limit, I mean the brink of explosion)and maybe wondering how to do so.  It's called Processor Overclock and I'm going to tell you what it's all about.

You guys must be familiar with the fact that every laptop, tablet, smartphone and PC is powered by a processor, which is basically the heart of the device. It controls all the sub-systems of the device and its frequency is measured in Hertz. So the greater the Hz, the device can carry out various tasks without experiencing much lag(unless you're playing Crysis).

Let's take an example to illustrate overclocking- Imagine you have to run 50 meters and you have two cases:
a) Complete the distance in 10 seconds
b) Complete the distance in 5 seconds
I know, 50 meters isn't much, but given the time spans, you will have to perform accordingly. 

If you complete the distance in 10 seconds you won't feel very tired and you will be able to run the distance a few more times. However, if you run the distance in 5 seconds, you will definitely feel drained out. Yes you get the job done quicker, but you won't be able to perform with the same efficiency as in the first case.

And that's how it works similarly for a processor. With overclock you will be able to perform much quickly and run demanding programs. Though 1 GHz processors are the industry standard for smartphones, they are actually under-clocked values and perform at a rate where the device's circuits don't get fried.

In the next post: Is overclocking safe?
Stay tuned to TechnGizmos for more intel from the world of technology.


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