ZDNet Australia heeft een leuk artikeltje gepost over het fenomeen overclocking, de opmerkelijke activiteit die waarschijnlijk ook populair is onder bezoekers van deze website :
Overclocking usually begins with a desire to wring more performance out of a chip than was paid for. But overclockers admit that as the hobby takes off, thrift often goes out the window. They can easily spend hundreds of dollars building their rigs, far more than the $150 or so that a faster chip might cost.
"You might start with a 400MHz Pentium II and wonder if you can push that to 533," said Chris Angelini, a freshman at the University of California at Los Angeles. "But instead of just going out and buying a new chip, you might buy, oh, a heat sink instead. Then, all of a sudden, you are buying thermal paste, too. Then you say to yourself, 'I might as well just go ahead and get a water-cooled system.' "
In their greed for speed, overclockers say no detail is too small. For example, if the surface of a chip isn't completely flat, tiny air pockets will develop, interfering with temperature reduction. And so overclockers take ultrafine sandpaper and grind down the surface of their microprocessor, a process, known as "lapping," that is fraught with risks. "If you lap a chip too much, then you expose the die of the chip, and it won't work anymore," says Justin Emerson, an overclocker and avid gamer who works for PlanetAllegiance.com, a Web gaming site.