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.

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