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One of the main components of any given computer is the GPU or the “Graphics Processing Unit”. This component renders and delivers all of the graphical content from your software or games.

Now, you’ve probably heard of the term “overclocking”, right? Overclocking is essentially just increasing the capabilities that the GPU is capable of

This usually entails increasing the GPU core clocks as well as the memory clocks as well. This translates to more FPS in games and probably even better gaming performance overall.

In this article, I want to talk about the reasons why people overclock so that it can help you decide if you want to overclock your computer’s GPU or just leave it at stock.

1. FPS Boosts. Now, in most cases, people overclock their GPUs to enhance their PCs ability to increase its FPS in games. When you overclock your GPU, you will surely get FPS gains, albeit the FPS might differ in various games. For example, if game A gives you an additional 10 fps after you’ve applied your overclocks, game B might only give you a measly 2 fps.

2. “Free performance”. A lot of people overclock their graphics cards because they think it is “free performance”. Although they are technically correct, overclocking the GPU might incur some damages if you’re not careful. For me, it is free performance when you do not increase voltages. Increased voltages= more heat. When you tweak the GPU core and memory clocks, make sure to not increase the voltage when you’re doing it. You might get a slightly lower overclocked value by not increasing the voltage but that is just a good compromise.

3. Daredevil. Some people just want to overclock their GPUs because they want to know how lucky they are with the chips that are inside their graphics cards. If you’ve scoured the internet for information about overclocking, chances are that you’ve seen the term “silicon lottery” being used. This term refers to the chips that are inside the graphics cards. You see, each graphics card is different in that they have different chips. Some chips overclock better while some chips do not even overclock really well. Because of this, a lot of die-hard overclockers want to see what their GPU is capable. Heck, there are even overclocking competitions being held each year, with the highest overclocked GPUs winning the competition.

These are just three of the most common reasons why people overclock their GPUs. Now, overclocking the GPU is simple but you have to make sure to keep an eye on the temperatures and the loads.

Overclocking the GPU might decrease the lifespan of the hardware but if you want to squeeze out every performance you can get, then overclocking the GPU will net you some results.

If you are the cautious type and you want your investment to last a long time, then overclocking is not for you.

If you do decide to overclock, always make sure to read guides on your particular GPU. This is to ensure that you won’t do anything stupid and so that your card will not be damaged when you’re going to overclock.