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[ANSWERED] What Does Overclocking The GPU Do For Gaming?

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    Updated on October 6, 2022
    John Chad, Bachelor Computer Science Degree & Computer Engineering.
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    John is a certified IT & Computer Engineer with a Bachelors Degree. He has worked for a International Insurance Company in the IT department before deciding to become a full time blogger to help his readers. Holds a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science from Stanford University.

    Overclocking(Also known as OC’ing) your GPU is one of the most popular modifications to make. It allows users to get more performance out of their cards by increasing the clock speeds and voltage, with some serious risks as well. In this article, we will discuss what overclocking does, how it works, and why you might want to do it in the first place.

    What Does Overclocking The GPU Do For Gaming?

    Overclocking the graphics card is increasing its performance by making it run faster than the manufacturer’s specifications allow for. Depending on your computer system and other hardware configurations, this might give you better graphics representation in games.

    For example, if you’re trying to play a game that runs at 30 frames per second (FPS), but your screen refreshes at 60Hz / FPS, then OC’ing could make it so that your video card renders more frames in one second–so now instead of rendering just 30 FPS worth of images as fast as possible for each frame refresh cycle time, the overclocked video card now renders 60 FPS worth of images in that same time period. This makes the game smoother & a much more enjoyable experience.

    If you do decide to overclock a component, use benchmarks as guidance for what settings work best on your system–a good place to start is by looking at real-world tests from websites like

    What’s Overclocking?

    Overclocking is the process of pushing a component beyond its factory settings in order to get more performance out of that component. It’s possible because manufacturers use ‘slack’ when setting these parameters, allowing them to run at higher speeds than they are rated for.

    You can think about it as having your car running on fuel with an octane rating of 110 while you’re paying for gas with an octane rating of 90 – there will be some wasted power and efficiency, but hopefully not too much!

    In the case of graphics cards, this means making adjustments to your card so that it runs faster than what was set by the manufacturer (eg: 1100 MHz instead of 1000 MHz). This has benefits like increased FPS if you have a card that is struggling to get high FPS in a game if you want to use a higher quality setting in video games but your graphics card isn’t good enough, in that case, OC’ing might be the answer to your problem.

    Is GPU Overclocking worth it?

    Yes, it is worth doing if your card is a bit dated or not powerful enough to get the FPS you want or to run the game you want without stuttering. It will allow you to get improved performance & make your games smoother.

    However, there’s always the risk that overclocking might make your PC unstable as well so be careful about how high you set up the overclock settings!

    If your graphics card isn’t stable then I recommend trying to lower down those overclocks until it becomes more stable again. Some people like to test by applying the OC and playing a game for 30 minutes, just to see how much they need in order for their game to run smoothly & for their system to still work properly with all of this extra power being applied at once.

    Is it bad to overclock your GPU?

    Bad? Well, it can have a lot of benefits (like increased frame rates), but if you’re not careful and use a setting that’s too high for your card or is just wrong in general then there will be some bad things happening like the risk of getting artifacts, crashing or potentially even damaging your card permanently, albeit the risk of such a thing happening is very very low.

    In other cases, there’s an increased chance of electrical failure and even complete malfunction due to overheating caused by inadequate cooling. This can happen when air circulation isn’t working properly inside the case (either because fans aren’t enough or blocked), which basically means that your card could fry itself like eggs on a frying pan!

    Make sure to have enough cooling & track your GPU temperature while gaming.

    Does Overclocking Shorten GPU Lifespan?

    This may be a question that comes up often, but the answer is still unclear. Many factors are involved in how long your GPU will last–including overclocking settings and usage patterns. One thing’s for sure: GPUs aren’t meant to run continuously at 100% load (or even close). That means if you plan on doing any heavy gaming or video editing with an overclocked card, make sure you keep it under 80 degrees Celsius by using software like MSI Afterburner or EVGA Precision XOC which lets you set a custom fan curve based on temperature readings from sensors around the chip.

    You can also overclock without increasing voltage levels–just bump up clock speeds while leaving voltages untouched. This approach might not have as much of a performance boost, but it’s safer.

    Key Point: Don’t overclock your GPU unless you’re willing to deal with the heat and have a way of monitoring temperatures–even if that means coming up with your own fan curve or using third-party software. Remember: GPUs aren’t meant for continuous heavy load under 80 degrees Celsius (without increasing voltage levels).


    We hope that this blog post has helped you understand what OC’ing is and the benefits, as well as what it entails to overclock your graphics card, as well as some of the risks associated with doing so. We’re always happy to answer any questions or hear feedback about our content! Leave a comment below with any questions you might have!