How to Overclock with Phoenix BIOS Level of difficulty:
Overclocking your computer enables the system to run on a frequency above the specified frequency specified by the manufacturer. Overclocking a computer can increase your computer’s performance. Overclocking a computer is also dangerous as there is a risk that your computer may overheat and the components inside the CPU (Central Processing Unit) may be permanently damaged. Materials Needed:
- Portable hard drive (optional)
- Internet access
Before overclocking your computer, make sure that you back up all of your important files on a portable hard drive. This ensures that your files are safe if ever the computer crashes due to the overclocking.
Make sure that the BIOS (Basic Input Output System) of your computer is updated. In this case, connect to the Internet and access the website http://www.phoenix.com to download updates for the Phoenix BIOS.
You may need to download a program to be able to monitor your computer. There are many free software applications available for download from the Internet. Having a program that monitors your computer is helpful in warning you when your computer is overheating.
Ensure that the fan on your computer is strong enough to vent out heat produced when the computer is overclocked. The fan prevents the computer from overheating.
Reboot your computer. A screen will appear and press on the key to go to your BIOS setup screen. For Phoenix BIOS, press on the 'F2' button before the Operating System completely loads.
On the BIOS setup screen, look for the Advanced Chipset option. Locate 'Clocks', 'Voltage Options', or 'Frequency/Voltage Control'. Once you have located this, increase the value to your preference. Do not make the value too high or your computer might overheat.
In some computers, the RAM and graphics card is also overclocked with the processor. If you do not want these components to be overclocked, look for the option 'Unlinked' and select that option.
Look for the menu for the system’s voltage. Set the voltage to match your processor’s speed.
You have now overclocked your computer. Remember that there are risks in overclocking your computer. The heat generated from overclocking a computer can damage the components inside the computer. The processor’s life is also shortened die to overworking it. The computer can also crash frequently due to overworking the computer.