- Over Clocked, or Over Clocking. Also abbreviated to O.C.
Over Clocking refers to the practice of running a processor at a faster clock rate than it is rated for. Over clocking offers greater performance. Whilst typically it is the processor which is over-clocked, over-clocking can be applied to any system component which runs off a clock.
Over-clocking inevitably stresses the processor (or device being over-clocked) typically because of the extra heat generated and can ultimately permanently damage or destroy the component.
For more information see:
- http://everything.explained.at/Overclocking/ - Overclocking explained.