Is GPU Overclocking Safe?

Is GPU Overclocking Safe? Take These Safety Measures:

Although GPU overclocking is in trend, some users still hesitate to do it thinking that it can damage the PC or the GPU specifically. Actually, it is not impossible, I personally know many PC users who end up damaging their system because of extreme overclocking.

So, is it really safe to overclock your PC, if it is then what are the precautionary measures to take for keeping the PC safe while overclocking? Let’s discuss it in this post:

Is GPU Overclocking Safe? It is safe to overclock GPUs with good cooling system, PSU, and motherboard. As overclocking pumps up the power consumption, the GPU also exhausts a huge amount of heat, so in absence of a good cooler and parts that can handle that temperature, this can gradually shorten the lifespan of the GPU.

A few years back it was not even worth overclocking as then you needed high-end motherboards, monster cooling systems for it. But compared to now, overclocking is much more reliable and you can do it on good mid-range parts too.

Moreover, nowadays GPU manufacturing companies also support overclocking, earlier some brands even voided warranty in overclocked parts. Compared to that, now brands even mention the pre-overclock and post-overclock frequency of the GPUs.

Still, even now in the worst-case scenario, you can completely damage the GPU or the PC if you overclock recklessly, let’s discuss in detail:

Does Overclocking kill GPUs?

Although it is very rare for a GPU to get completely damaged from overclocking, still it is possible. If the cooling of a PC is not great or the GPU is overclocked extremely, then at a certain temperature the PC will shut down automatically for keeping it safe. If this doesn’t trigger, the GPU can get damaged.

Basically, if the PC gets extremely heated up then the BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) automatically shuts the PC down to keep the parts safe. Generally, this peak temperature varies from 70° Celsius to 100° Celsius according to different BIOS.

Now, in case of overclocking the GPU, when it reaches this level temperature the computer shuts itself down. Thinking of it, it is actually pretty good and saving many GPUs and CPUs.

Still, sometimes (call it bad luck) if this function doesn’t work properly (or got damaged before reaching that peak temperature), in that case, it will not be good for your PC health. So, please consider a good cooling system if you really want to overclock at the level.

Also, it is not necessary that the GPU always go bad after reaching that temperature only. It can also get damaged before that if it is heating up badly for a long time because of bad cooling or excessive overclocking.

That’s why, although GPUs nowadays are more overclocking friendly but in the end, you are giving more power so it will be much better if you make sure these things that I am going to mention below are proper in your PC:

Things To Keep In Mind While Overclocking:

These are the main factors you should know before start overclocking your PC: 

Good Cooling:

Most beginners use a good CPU cooler and they think that the GPU can also be cooled by it. Unfortunately, this is not the case as the CPU cooler only cools down the processor by its name.

Actually, there are two main ways to cool GPU, air-cooled GPU and water-cooled GPUs. Also, you can’t use one GPU variant in another like for the water-cooled GPU you are going to need a water-cooled PC.

Overall, if you have a good CPU cooler that doesn’t mean that the GPU is also getting proper cooling.

For that how many fans it has, the airflow of the case matters the most in air-cooled GPU. But in water-cooled GPUs, both CPU and GPU is going to cool down through the water, so in this case, you don’t have to check specifically about GPU cooling.

Still, water cooling PCs are not so common and that’s why seeing GPUs cooling specifically is important if you want to get good results while overclocking it. Always check that out!

Also Read:

Does Graphics Card (GPU) Affect FPS?
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Motherboard Matters:

After cooling, the second factor to look at for GPU overclocking is motherboard quality. Although the latest budget and mid-range motherboards also can perform really well in overclocking still if you want to do it on regular basis, you are going to need a good motherboard.

Generally in good motherboards, their thermal capabilities, capacitors, transistors are good. So they can handle more heat, current, and so overclocking GPU will not be that big deal.

Now, I don’t want to sound much technical here, you just have to keep in mind that high-end motherboards do come with better or quality parts and that’s why they can handle overclocking much better.

{Power Supply (PSU):

Power supply (PSU) is another part that plays a major role in overclocking. As for overclocking you have to give the GPU more power, if the PSU itself isn’t strong enough to give power then the PC automatically shuts down.

GPUs are power hungry in nature, that’s why buying a PSU with minimum wattage (that manufacturer suggests) is not a great idea that can clearly make a difference while overclocking.

That’s why I recommend going with slightly higher PSU wattage from a good brand that even manufacturers suggest if you have any intentions of doing extreme overclocking.

If you take care of these factors, GPU overclocking is completely safe for you. Moreover, you can also keep track of the temperature while overclocking your GPU so that if it somehow goes higher, you can gradually decrease overclocking intensity.

Now let’s have a look at some of the most commonly asked questions about this topic:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Does Overclocking Shorten Lifespan?

If the temperature is not that high (around) and parts like PSU, motherboard can handle overclocking well, then it doesn’t impact the GPUs life. But if the GPU heats up extremely every time it is overclocked, then in the long run it can shorten the GPUs lifespan.

Does Overclocking GPU Increase FPS?

Overclocking does increase the GPU output/performance from 3-4% to 20% and more. The more powerful graphics card is (as it has better cooling), the more performance boost it is going to give over low-end GPUs.

So, a GPU can definitely give higher FPS after overclocking, that’s why it is done so much.

How Dangerous Is Overclocking?

Overclocking isn’t dangerous, in fact, it can actually boost performance significantly which a GPU at a normal state can’t give. So for getting some extra clock speed and performance, it is not a bad idea to overclock the GPU a bit.

But personally, I don’t like extreme overclocking as in this case parts like motherboard, PSU, fans, and the GPU are tested to their max limit, and compared to the risk the performance increase mostly not that high.

That’s why overclocking at a certain level that GPU can easily handle without heating up is much better.

Also Read:

How Long Does GPU Last?
Running A PC Without GPU: Is It Possible?

Wrapping up:

I hope after reading this post you got the factors that impact overclocking and should you really overclock your GPU.

If you have any queries don’t hesitate to contact us. See you in the next one, be techy:)

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