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Overclocking - a case of doing it because you can

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You have to be a bit geeky to write this column and I have to confess I've just tried out overclocking.The best guide used to be that old favourite, Tom's Hardware, at www. tomshardware.com/index/a. html-guides enter 'overclocking' in the Search Articles box.

And also try www. overclockers. com What you do is to lever off the fan, prise the CPU out of its multi-hole socket, wipe off the sticky white thermal compound and join up some almost invisible gold bars on its back with a 2B pencil.

You put everything back and fiddle either with jumpers on the motherboard or change the setting in that screen which comes up when you press Del right at the beginning after you've switched on.

So, with all the aforesaid completed, I switch on again.Nothing. That is, nothing had changed. I checked back through the literature and, sour grapes, suddenly realised why people go in for overclocking.One is that you seem to get something for nothing, namely, extra speed for the price of a 2B pencil.

The more important one is, probably, because you can.

Overclockers certainly don't do it for the extra speed.Read the small print and you learn that you might make a five or six per cent increase in your chip's speed. At around say 1-2MHz, you're whizzing along quite fast in the first place - adding five per cent is not going to be particularly noticeable in real life.

Recently, I've had several dodgy e-mails.One elicited the response from my anti-virus software that it contained a currently popular virus.

The worrying thing was that this particular e-mail seemed never to have reached me.Equally worrying the next day was the fact that some electronic postmaster had been unable to deliver an e-mail.The scary thing was that it was an e-mail I had never sent and to someone I had never heard of. If this column fails to appear next week you will know why.

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