Is overclocking bad?

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March 1, 2011 at 15:34:43
Specs: Windows 7, Intel Core 2 Duo
I recently got a ATI RADEON HD4650 (1GB, made by XFX) and it came with CCC. It has a AMD Overdrive thing, and my question is this:

Is overclocking safe, and reversible?

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March 1, 2011 at 16:05:24
Over clocking properly is ok. Too much over clocking can reduce life expectancy of the chip, it can be changed back, it's all done in the bios.

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March 1, 2011 at 16:08:09
Well I'm talking about a graphics card, and doing it on the Catalyst Control Center.

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March 1, 2011 at 16:26:31
Keep track of the temperature of the GPU and stress it as far as you would normally use it (games, etc.). If the temperature remains reasonable (though higher than stock) and you do not experience new problems like freezing or restarting, then you are probably fine. Yes it is reversible. There also may be an option to set up multiple profiles and apply different profiles when gaming, when working with certain programs, and for normal times (NVidia performance control panel has this option).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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March 1, 2011 at 16:29:03
Overclocking means operating a computer component outside the parameters established by the manufacturer. This can never be entirely safe. High performance video cards tend to run hot and have a shorter life than other components. Overclocking will only aggravate this situation. You have to be careful that operating temperatures stay within reasonable limits. You must also be sure that the PSU is able to provide the necessary power or you risk all manner of problems.

Overclocking is an experimental process, not merely following a set of simple instructions.

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March 1, 2011 at 20:14:58
I've never overclocked AMD cards with Catalyst Control Center--I've always overclocked my cards by flashing their BIOS, which is risky--but I'm sure that CCC won't allow you to go overboard. As long as you don't increase GPU voltage, it'll be fine. Those midrange AMD cards run cool and are usually great overclockers.

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