UPDATE: this article is about overclocking Intel processors. For overclocking AMD CPUs, see here
Is your processor holding out on you? We show how easy it is to overclock your i5 or i7 CPU with our easy-to-follow five-step guide.
Did you know that your $250 Intel i5 760 CPU can be made to run faster than the $1,500 i7 980x, after just five minutes of tweaking? We're not pulling your leg - it's easy to do via the process of overclocking. All CPUs within a certain class (i5, i7 etc) are built identically, before being artificially speed graded so they can be sold at various price points; overclocking gets around this and maximises the performance of your CPU. With today's low-end Intel chips, it's easy to extract a 50% performance boost, saving yourself $1,250 in the process.
Once the black art of computing, overclocking is now well and truly in the mainstream. Most mid-level motherboards include the necessary features for overclocking. Today we'll show you how to overclock your Intel i5 or i7 chip in just five easy steps. If you're looking for a cheap chip to overclock, we highly recommend the i5 760.
Intel's Core i5 760 CPU: recommended for overclocking.