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How to Overclock an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E4600

Updated February 21, 2017

Intel Core 2 Duo E4600s are dual-core processors installed in desktop PCs. CPUs (Central Processing Units) are a driving force behind computer performance. A faster CPU means a faster computer. Processors like the Intel Core 2 Duo E4600 have default speed limits installed by the factory, but can often be overclocked to push them to perform past the default speeds. Settings in the PC connected to the processor are changed to overclock the CPU. The front bus speed and the front bus frequency multiplier are changed.

Boot the PC holding the Intel Core 2 Duo E4600. Press the correct key to enter the boot menu, commonly "F2" or "F11." Enter the "BIOS Features" portion of the menu.

Press "External Bus" and move the cursor to the option listed by "Front Bus." Increase the listed value. This adds to the speed of the Intel Core 2 Duo E4600's front bus. Exit to the "BIOS Features" window.

Press "CPU Core" and move the cursor to the option listed by "Multiplier." Increase the listed value. This increases the Intel Core 2 Duo E4600's front bus frequency. Exit to the main menu.

Select "Exit and Save" from the options. Once the PC is booted, the Intel Core 2 Duo E4600 is overclocked.

Tip

To return any changes made to the boot settings, press the "Restore to Defaults" option in the BIOS menu.

Warning

Overclocking causes the Intel Core 2 Duo E4600 to generate excess heat. Overclock only if the PC can handle more heat than is normal. Performing any overclocking of the Intel Core 2 Duo E4600 may void the warranty on your computer equipment.

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Justin A. Mann has been a freelance writer since 2007. Mann is experienced with computers and all things relating to swimming pools, and he uses his knowledge in these fields to write articles for various websites. Mann is an English major at East Central University.