ASUS ROG: The Red Pill - Opening the Door to Overclocking

Here’s an article from the ASUS ROG blog that caught our eye. Written by Simon Marshall, the article is entitled ‘The Red Pill – Opening the Door to Overclocking’. The analogy is of course from the movie ‘The Matrix’ where the character Morpheus offers Neo a choice of pills. One pill will allow you to wake up in your own bed oblivious that anything happened, while the choice of the red pill will take you on a journey to see just how far the rabbit hole goes. It’s actually an analogy that we have used on several occasions at HWBOT HQ, placing overclocking as the actual rabbit hole, an analogy borrowed from Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’.

The article urges newbies to dip their toe in the world overclocking with the promise that there is a lot to explore once you get started. Here’s a sample of the article from Marshall, which deals primarily with the art of GPU overclocking:

“The main things you’ll want to keep in mind when overclocking are heat, stability and a fearless attitude (blue screens of death can be common when tweaking, but aren’t normally anything serious). If you're playing games, stability is key because a BSOD is no laughing matter (for you anyway).

There are some danger signs to watch out for. If your GPU temperature is 90 degrees or above, it’s best to stop what you’re doing as soon as possible. Throwing water on the PC is not necessary. If your rig starts shaking like a freight train or making unusual noises, again, it’s probably a good idea to stop. Luckily, it’s easy to keep an eye on temperatures with software like GPU Tweak II, and you can adjust fans speeds to keep everything nice and comfortable.”

Catch the full article here on the ASUS ROG blog.

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