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R.Rabbit

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overclocking

<hardware> Any adjustments made to computer hardware (or software) to make its CPU run at a higher clock frequency than intended by the original manufacturers. Typically this involves replacing the crystal in the clock generation circuitry with a higher frequency one or changing jumper settings or software configuration.

If the clock frequency is increased too far, eventually some component in the system will not be able to cope and the system will stop working. This failure may be continuous (the system never works at the higher frequency) or intermittant (it fails more often but works some of the time) or, in the worst case, irreversible (a component is damaged by overheating). Overclocking may necessitate improved cooling to maintain the same level of reliability.

(1999-09-12)
Source: The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © 1993-2001 Denis Howe
 

Tipycol

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For some reason, I never thought the word overclocking would be in a dictionary, even if it is online :)
 
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Captain Slug

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Tipycol said:
For some reason, I never thought the work overclocking would be in a dictionary, even if it is online :)
Any frequently used word will end up in the dictionary. Mind you most newer words will just be subreferenced as slang. English is the fastest expanding language in the world.