Boosting the CPU, an expression that hides a widespread practice but which should not always be applied. Do you know what it really means?

Your PC, laptop or desktop does not matter, it was built to work with a certain power, and the calculation speed is given by the power of the CPU. But with some changes to be made within the menus that manage this internal component it is possible to give the machine a further boost.

Does your CPU really need a boost? – Sjbeez

A bit as if with your car in some situations you could exceed the speed limit that the engine can reach and which is in fact the real performance limit. Because, and when we talk about boost it is for this reason, in reality the internal components of any machine are always kept within a performance range that is considered optimal, both for what they offer the user and for the safety itself and the tightness of the physical pieces that deliver that power. It is still possible to rev up and therefore boost a CPU but doing so is a choice that must be carefully considered.

Boosting the CPU can be useful but…

The topic of CPU boosting has recently come back into focus. It essentially involves increasing the clock frequency and therefore the calculation capacity in a dynamic way. For example, what was discovered on AMD’s Threadripper cards, on which a microscopic fuse is said to be mounted which in the event of overclocking, therefore of boost, explodes, leaving a physical mark on the card which can then be identified and used to dispute the warranty in the event of an anomaly due to overclocking activity.

Boosting the CPU, possible but is it really worth it? – Sjbeez

But, and so the question becomes legitimate, is boosting a CPU an illegal activity? Technically no, but the news regarding AMD’s new Threadripper must make us reflect on how dangerous it can be to boost a CPU beyond the limits within which it should work.

It’s nice to know that your PC can work at a higher speed than it usually expresses but you must also keep in mind that keeping the boost of a CPU always active heats it and this heating, if not counterbalanced by an adequate cooling system, risks compromising the seal of the component itself. And then you also have to keep in mind what you do with your PC.

If you need greater computing power, it is clear that a little extra sparkle can be useful to you, for example if you find yourself having to work with cumbersome software such as video editing, but you should consider not leaving the boost on all the time, in such a way as to safeguard the internal components.

The same goes if the computer is only used for slightly lighter activities. In this case boosting the CPU is completely useless and in fact can only be a further risk. Lastly, avoid improvised IT technicians and if you think you need a little extra power, contact someone who knows the subject.