Overclockers Anonymous

“Hi, I’m Paul. I’m an overclockic.”

Well, given the article from Paul Howland (he handles the Abit FAQ pages), he might as well have said it.

And like so many recovering alcoholics or ex-smokers, he feels the need to trash the activity and its participants.

The man overclocked. He didn’t like the extra fan noise because it interfered with his music. So he took out the fans to hear his music. So have plenty of others, for the same reason. Fine by me, overclocking isn’t up there with free speech or democracy.

Shakespeare needs an upgrade. Hell hath no fury like a man scorning an old habit, either.

Like in any crusade, the perception of reality gets victimized. For instance:

No motherboard or processor review is complete without detailed “analysis” of the overclockability of the system. . . . Few processor reviews even care how well a processor performs at its rated speed – the question every reviewer wants to know is “how well does it overclock?”.

That’s not the cyberworld I live in.

Now that the fellow has seen the light (or in this case, heard the music), all those he has left behind are now obsessive-compulsive testosterone-toasted boobs.

I rather object to the “all” in there. That’s not what I see, either.

For sure, there are people for whom every sentence applies. People whose behavior can only be described as obsessive-compulsive.

But just like most drinkers are not alcoholics, most overclockers are not addicts. Most actually overclock rather modestly.

We suggest that OCing doesn’t make OCers; OCers just find things to OC about.

Long ago, we pointed out that there were two kinds of overclockers, the economic overclockers, and the hobbyist overclockers. The case for economic overclocking has weakened considerably over the past few years, as our recent convert has just discovered (though it’s still there, especially on the Intel side).

But there is nothing inherently wrong with hobbyist overclocking. It’s a competitive hobby like many, many others. Most enjoy it within reasonable bounds, a few go overboard.

I hope this fellow never goes to a golf course. He’ll lock the doors of the clubhouse and turn it into a psychiatric ward. 🙂

Overclocking (or golf, or fantasy baseball or football, etc. etc. etc.) only becomes a problem when it stops being fun and starts becoming a fetish. But most can stay on the right side of that line.

I’m afraid the portrayal of Overclocki Obsessivecompulsivus is more a self-description than anything else, and it makes the common self-centered error that “if I think or feel something, everyone else must, too.”

Some, yes. Not all. Not even most.


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