BOOSTYOUR CPUSPEED THEEASYWAY
One way you can speed things up is by overclocking your processor, so both it and your RAM run faster than they were designed to. There are dangers with this approach— overheating can shorten your components’ lives—but official tools help to minimize the danger. AMD users should install AMD Overdrive ( www.amd.com/overdrive); Intel users should download and install the Extreme Tuning Utility ( https://intel. ly/2y3DBw6).
1. Easy Overclocking
Your overclocking options with Intel’s utility vary according to the particular processor you have—some are incredibly limited, while others offer more scope. If supported, the utility can also enable you to overclock the onboard graphics.
2. Test Your Overclock
After tweaking your settings (visit
http:// bit.ly/pcgoclock for a detailed guide to what to do), select “Stress Test” to perform a five-minute stress test across processor, memory, and/or graphics, depending on what you choose to overclock.
3. Benchmark It
Select “Benchmarking” to run a quick series of benchmarks to see the effects of your overclocking—benchmark before you start the process, and perform three benchmarks at a time, taking an average to give you a more accurate result.
4. App-Profile Pairing
Go to “Advanced Tuning” and click “Save” to create a profile of your overclocked settings. Pair it with an app under “App-Profile Pairing,” so your PC is only overclocked when needed—for example, when playing games or editing 4K video.