Overclocking has always been somewhat of a taboo to a majority of users – whether it is voiding the warranty, overworking the components (that can potentially damage if incorrectly done), or just plain noise and heat.  It also requires a bit of technical skill, too; adjusting CPU/GPU clock frequencies, ratios, voltages, and memory timings becomes a time consuming – and in some cases, tedious – process.

The practice has been around for almost 20 years now, and while there has been significant growth in the past, a large influx of flashy consumer products threatens to derail the path for the younger generations ahead. Fortunately, desktop PCs will have a foreseeable future, and the bubble for tech users is continuously provided with fresh material and products to keep them going.

Now more than ever, motherboards and graphics cards have adapted to the needs of power users and have provided higher build qualities and increased feature sets to help get the most from their systems.  

Still, what good are all these features if the learning curve is too steep?

Rajiv Kothari is an industry insider who moonlights as a computer enthusiast, providing a different perspective and insight to new technologies.