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The Book of Overclocking: Tweak Your PC to Unleash Its Power Paperback – January 1, 2003

ISBN-13: 068-9145117608 ISBN-10: 188641176X Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (January 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188641176X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886411760
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,642,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...a simple, straightforward [book] that should prove as interesting to the beginner as to the veteran computer user." -- The Sacramento Bee (Jan. 2003)

"great overviews and in-depth explanations of processor technology and overclocking strategies" -- PopularMechanics.com, February 2004

About the Author

Vijay Bollapragada, CCIE(R) No. 1606, is a senior manager in the Network Systems Integration and Test Engineering group at Cisco Systems(R) where he works on the architecture, design, and validation of complex network solutions. Mohamed Khalid, CCIE No. 2435, is a technical leader working with IP VPN solutions at Cisco(R). He works extensively with service providers across the globe and their associated Cisco account teams to determine technical and engineering requirements for various IP VPN architectures. Scott Wainner is a Distinguished Systems Engineer in the U.S. Service Provider Sales Organization at Cisco Systems where he focuses on VPN architecture and solution development. In this capacity, he provides customer guidance on IP VPN architectures and drives internal development initiatives within Cisco Systems.

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Customer Reviews

This book sparked my interest in computer overclocking.
Bruce Gilliz
This is a well written and comprehsive book on overclocking that can help the beginner or the advanced person in getting the most out of their computer systems.
David C. Leaumont
This book is seriously out of date but if you have a Pentium 3 or 2 or anything old its in there.
R. Beasley

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 21, 2003
Format: Paperback
I've built over a dozen machines but having never overclocked before, I wanted to learn as much as possible before attempting it. Not only did this book walk me through the step-by-step process, but it gave me specific advice for my exact processor models/speeds in terms of how far I should try to push them, cooling recommendations, voltages, etc. I highly recommend this book for anyone that wants to learn how to overclock or how to overclock better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Bivens on March 24, 2007
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I agree with a previous reviewer, this book is seriously out of date. It does give the reader ideas about over-clocking (the reason I gave it 2 stars), but unless you have a OLD processor, it doesn't help. I suppose if you don't want to (or can't) upgrade to a new processor it will serve some purpose.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Gilliz on January 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book sparked my interest in computer overclocking. Before I read this book, I thought the idea behind overclocking a computer was adolescent wannabes who wanted to burn up Mom and Dad's PC - not true. I learned that there are very practical applications for overclocking a computer, namely cost and efficiency, ie., speed.

The authors cover almost all the CPUs from Intel and AMD. There are no Pentium I's or the very latest barn burners in here (book was published in '03), but the point is that a *lot* of relevant info is between the covers for anyone who wants to find it. Yes, the book is dated, but the background info such as how the CPU industry works and what "speedbinning" is will make the reader giddy with new insight.

My final advice is give this book a try if you're new to the overclocking scene, and even if you're not, as there is a wealth of awesome reference info here. Light it up and let it howl!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joel Kleppinger on January 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a good introduction to what overclocking is and how to overclock more effectively. It is easy for a beginner to grasp the concepts, but with plenty of technical information to help tweak for that extra edge. It also has a good amount of reference material about the different CPUs and CPU families in the PC world. You will definitely walk away from this book with more insight and knowledge than when you start page 1. The one downside is that it could be a bit more hands on in parts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Brumley on July 20, 2011
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If you're really into overclocking, a lot of this info can be redundant. Still a nice book though for an intro and all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hugh Catlett on February 19, 2009
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This book is a compilation of old CPUs (circa 2002)and how to OC them. Hardly relevant today. I did not research the book before buying so it's my fault I own it. Not recommended unless you are into OCing old machines...
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David C. Leaumont on March 5, 2003
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This is a well written and comprehsive book on overclocking that can help the beginner or the advanced person in getting the most out of their computer systems. There is a ton of info on how to work with almost every piece of overclockable hardware out there.
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