"Can I overclock my processor?
AMD Does Not Support Unauthorized Alteration of its Products
AMD places a very high value on its reputation as a supplier of PC processors. Our reputation for quality and reliability rests in part on operation of our products within the specified range of performance parameters for each product. AMD is especially concerned that consumers, who purchase or build systems based on AMD’s reputation as a supplier of high-performance PC processors, receive products that have not been altered or modified without AMD's authorization and therefore are assured of AMD's high level of quality and reliability. Either computer systems or data may be damaged as a result of unauthorized alteration of AMD processors such as alteration of AMD products to achieve higher clock speeds than specified (i.e., “overclocking”). Additionally, AMD’s limited warranty specifically excludes unauthorized alterations among other actions and does not cover damages due to external causes such as improper use or operation outside of the data sheet specifications for the product, abuse, negligence, improper installation, accident, loss or damage in transit, or unauthorized repair or alteration by a person or entity other than AMD. Please refer to AMD’s Warranty Information page.
AMD's goal is to provide our customers with the very best computing experience possible. AMD contributes to the achievement of this goal by providing high-performance, high-quality, reliable PC processors. To support the performance, quality, and reliability of our PC processors, AMD is committed to supporting our processors when they are configured to maintain the specified operating range that is authorized by AMD.
We appreciate your understanding, cooperation, and your recognition that AMD does not support the unauthorized alteration of AMD products."
Can Intel(R) Processors Be Overclocked?
This applies to:
Intel(R) Xeon(TM) processors, Mobile Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 Processors - M, Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 processors, Intel(R) Pentium(R) III Xeon(TM) processors, Mobile Intel(R) Pentium(R) III processors, Intel(R) Pentium(R) III processors, Intel(R) Pentium(R) II Xeon(TM) processors, Mobile Intel(R) Pentium(R) II processors, Intel(R) Pentium(R) II processors, Mobile Intel(R) Celeron(R) processors, Intel(R) Celeron(R) processors
Speed up processor
Change system bus
Change clock multiplier
Make processor faster
Intel(R) processors are validated and supported only when they are operated at their factory rated settings. Operating a processor faster than it was designed (overclocking) can cause permanent damage to the processor, and possibly other system components including the motherboard. Other negative results are possible including the inability to boot or calculation errors. Operating a processor outside of specification will likely shorten the life of the processor, and can also void any available processor warranty.
Although not supported, it is possible to operate a processor below its rated speed. Microprocessor operation is specified down to 1/2 the maximum rated frequency. This may be necessary for troubleshooting, or because of a motherboard limitations."