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May 13 2008   10:39PM GMT

Overheard: Overclocking is a personality trait

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Question: What kind of idiot would do that to NEW, EXPENSIVE hardware?

Answer: The same kind of person who, 10 years from now — when he gets his amazing new 200,000 GHz 512 bit processor with a terabyte of RAM — will say “How do I overclock it?”

This conversation on Slashdot made me laugh out loud. They were talking about an AMD Athlon 64 General Overclocking Guide. It’s totally beyond me why any sane person would want to take perfectly good hardware, void the warranty, put so much extra stress on components that the hardware’s lifespan is significantly shortened — and risk causing a fire — just so he could brag on some discussion board about how fast he got something going.

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