An overclocking can be done in several ways:
- An overclocking with the help of specialized utilities. You can find utilities for overclocking directly from Windows on CDs annexed to motherboards. Thus, there is a program “Easy Tune” on CDs to Gigabyte motherboards, utilities “Control Center” or “Dual CoreCenter” – to MSI boards, utilities “Ai Booster” or “Turbo V” – to ASUS ones.
- Automatic overclocking with the help of BIOS. Many modern motherboards have special settings for automatic overclocking.
- Manual overclocking with the help of BIOS. This method requires installing of working frequencies and voltages manually. This method is more difficult that the previous ones, but it allows reaching the best results.
Traditionally, the section for setting of working frequencies and voltages in BIOS Setup is called Frequency/Voltage Control, but the leading motherboards manufacturers seek to give them their original titles. Here are some examples:
- AiTweaker or JumperFree Configuration – ASUS;
- MB Intelligent Tweaker (M.I.T) – Gigabyte;
- Cell Menu – MSI;
- SoftMenu Setup or u Guru Utility – ABIT.
Parameters set and their titles are often changed even in motherboards of the same manufacturer, so while overclocking you sometimes have to deal with the features of a particular model of a motherboard. If there is not any specific section for overclocking in your version of BIOS, the motherboard, probably, has minimum capacities for overclocking and some if settings described above you will find in other sections, for example, in “Advanced Chipset Features”.
Improper or careless changing of working frequencies and voltages may cause computer booting stop, and in some cases separate components may be unusable.