Some ASUS motherboards include the ASUS TurboV software package. It contains tools to let you overclock components of your computer, making them run faster than their rated clock speeds. While overclocking with TurboV can damage your computer or compromise its stability, it can also give you more performance. While overclocking is usually the domain of gamers, if you do other computationally intensive applications, like rendering 3D walkthroughs at an architectural firm, you can also benefit from it.
Overclocking With TurboV
TurboV runs under Windows once you boot the computer, and allows you to tweak system parameters to make components run faster. There are typically two components to overclocking: turning up a component’s clock speed and figuring out how much additional voltage to send the component to give it enough power to run at the faster speed, but not so much that you overheat or destroy the component.
The ASUS TurboV software doesn’t just overclock processors, though. It can also speed up graphics processors that are embedded inside some CPU chips. TurboV can also determine the clock speed and voltage at which a system’s memory runs, speeding up the memory’s access speed and allowing it to work with the CPU more quickly.
Typically, overclocking is the province of highly knowledgeable computer users. However, the TurboV software has an automatic configuration feature that lets just about anyone speed up their computer. While its “Extreme” setting can lead to configurations that require special cooling hardware, the software also has a less taxing “Fast” automatic overclocking setting that provides stable speeds with fewer additional requirements.
TurboV vs. BIOS
Traditionally, overclockers set up their computers’ parameters through the Basic Input/Output System’s setting screen. However, using the BIOS settings requires you to reboot your computer every time you want to make a change. TurboV makes it easy for you to make small, gradual changes and immediately see their results.
Using ASUS TurboV software to overclock your computer’s motherboard may damage your computer due to the heat the builds up when you overclock. If your computer does not have adequate cooling systems for overclocking — and many off-the-shelf computers like those used in businesses do not — do not attempt to do anything more than a very mild overclocking.