As processor speeds have increased, so have the potential gains from overclocking. The E2160 is one of the best overclocking chips of the past five years, and many have reached speeds surpassing 3.0 GHz for this modest chip. Before you begin, write down the default settings in system BIOS and print out these instructions for reference, as you will be restarting the computer many times.
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Restart the computer and boot into the BIOS screen. Usually, pushing the "Delete" key will work, if not, the proper key will be listed during the start-up process.
Search through the menus until you find the FSB settings. The menu name will vary by motherboard manufacturer.
Select the FSB setting and increase it by 5 to 10MHz, restarting each time to ensure the computer will load Windows. If it fails to load or crashes, restart the computer and increase the voltage to the memory by the smallest increment possible. All the settings you need will be in the same menu you have been working in.
Restart the computer. If it doesn't load, increase the chipset voltage by the smallest increment.
Restart the computer. If it still doesn't load, increase the core voltage, again, by the smallest increment.
Restart the computer, and if it loads, return to Step 3, but not before checking the CPU temperature to ensure it is below 70 degrees Celsius. If it doesn't, load turn down the FSB by 5 to 10MHz until it does.
Test the computer to make sure it is stable by running a lot of programs, especially resource-intensive games.
Tips and warnings
- Keep an eye on the CPU temperature to make sure it stays below 70 degrees Celsius.
- Overclocking may shorten the life of your computer hardware.
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