OVERCLOCK YOUR PC
Push your PC’s components to their limits and deliver noticeable speed improvements with these hardware-tuning apps
While there’s no substitute for hardware upgrades to deliver the ultimate performance fillip, the fact remains that it’s highly likely that various components within your machine aren’t being pushed to their absolute limits. By default, many components are configured in a conservative fashion, but if you’re armed with the right tools, you can start squeezing them that little bit further.
It’s worth noting that overclocking your processor, RAM, and graphics can shorten the lifespan of those components, particularly if their core temperature rises. Thankfully, our recommended tools have built-in fail-safes and monitoring mechanisms, so you can check your tweaks aren’t going to bring your PC to its knees.
You can also speed up other hardware areas—without introducing undue stress. Expect to deliver minor speed bumps to your SSDs and Internet connection, and make sure you update your drivers, to ensure the latest, fastest ones are in place.