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 (­drive); 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://­go­clock 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.

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