How to Make a Processer Run Faster

by Jack Gerard

The speed of a computer's processor determines how quickly the computer can run programs and deal with the data that is sent to it. If the processor isn't performing well enough to make your programs run smoothly, you might think that your only option is to upgrade your compter with a faster processor. Before you do this, though, there are a few ways that you may be able to make your computer's processor to run faster.

One of the easiest ways to possibly make your processor run faster is to check and see whether the the computer case has adequate ventilation. If your fans are clogged with dust or aren't working well then it can cause the temperature inside of the case to rise significantly, and the higher temperature will cause the computer to run much more slowly.

Another possible solution is to check and see how much power the power supply you're using produces. All of the systems in your computer have to share the power that is produced by the power supply, and installing a power supply that produces more power will allow more of that power to be used by the processor and in turn it will be able to process data faster.

Installing a video card and sound card (or upgrading to a more powerful video card and sound card) can also drastically increase the speed of your processor. Your video card and sound card will process the video and sound for your programs instead of the processor having to do it, allowing your processor to focus on the other data instead of everything.

Upgrading the RAM on a computer can also help the pocessor to run faster. By increasing the amount of memory that's available to the computer, the processor will be able to store more data in memory at one time and will be able to process that data faster than it would if it was having to load it from the hard drive or other data source.

One other option for making a processor run faster without upgrading the processor is to overclock the CPU so that it works at a higher voltage and with a faster internal clock than it was originally programmed to do. Overclocking is done by entering your computer's BIOS during the initial boot sequence, adjusting the voltage of the processor and the clock speed a small amount at a time and then rebooting the computer to make sure that the computer doesn't have any problems with the processor running at that voltage and clock speed. These two items should be adjusted individually in very small incriments; never adjust both at the same time before rebooing, as you won't know which has an incorrect value if there is a problem.It should be noted that some motherboards do not allow the processor to be overclocked.


  • close If overclocking a processor, make sure that you have sufficient cooling available in order to keep from overheating the processor and potentially damaging it

About the Author

Born in West Virginia, Jack Gerard now lives in Kentucky. A writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience, he has written both articles and poetry for publication in magazines and online. A former nationally ranked sport fencer, Gerard also spent several years as a fencing coach and trainer.

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