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Dr. Supreena Narayanan

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What is Overclocking? 


What is Overclocking?

Overclocking refers to increasing your clock frequency for your Central Processing Unit, Graphical Processing Unit, and Memory, PCI and AGP devices. This method is a way to make your computer work faster without spending money on upgrades.

Are Overclocking Monitors Safe?

What is Overclocking? 

The monitor refresh rate can be affected by overclocking. However, it is essential to ensure that the resolution of your PC does not exceed 1080p. It is safe to overclock the PC at 720p. Nevertheless, it is essential not to exceed that limit.

Why Overclocking Shortens the Lifespan of Monitors?

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  1. A shorter life expectancy

Your monitor's lifespan will be reduced if you tweak it, just like any other hardware. Your monitor will heat up faster if you overclock it. Your panel and other hardware can also be damaged by heat.

  1. Unstable

As you push the hardware to its limits, there will be times of instability. For example, you may experience frame skipping or frequent application crashes.

Hardware has limits, and you shouldn't push them too often, as damage can sometimes be irreversible.

Is it possible to safely overclock the monitor?

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Monitor overclocks generally more stable than CPU or GPU overclocks. A monitor that can run at a higher refresh speed will be able to handle an overclock. For example, you may have a 60Hz monitor, which is common among most people. Most 60Hz monitors can easily be overclocked to 75Hz.

Your screen refresh rate determines how smooth the action is on screen. This aspect makes it easier for competitive shooters to play. It's also easier to play competitive titles, as they are more likely to run at 100+ FPS.

Is every monitor overclockable? Yes and no. Most monitors can do at most a few Hz. It should not be a problem to go up to 75-80Hz. It's all luck and the draw above that. IPS and VA panels are slower than TN panels. Overclocks don't work well with TVs.

Can you Overclock a laptop's screen?

Overclocking is difficult because every laptop screen is unique. It is possible to overclock all of them. The extent of your luck will depend on the screen. A laptop screen can go up to 75-80 Hz, but it depends on your luck.

After you're done, your screen will have a higher refresh rate. Standard screens run at 60 Hz, so bumping them up to 75 Hz is not that difficult. You can go higher if you have an advanced machine, 144 Hz.


  • What is the risk of overclocking?

Overclocking can void your warranty in most cases.

The life expectancy of the CPU and other devices is reduced.

Your motherboard, memory, CPU, and other valuable items could be damaged.

The room temperature after that will likely rise.

Your system may become unstable

You could become an OC Addict

  • What makes overclocking a computer monitor different?

Because the monitor doesn't have a processing unit, it is not possible to overclock other parts of your computer. You will need additional software. The steps may vary depending on whether your graphics card is an AMD(r) or NVIDIA (r).

  • How to verify your Overclock?

You can use an online test to verify that your refresh rate is working correctly. Visit in your browser and follow the steps on the screen. It will detect the current refresh rate of your monitor.