To run a microprocessor
faster than the speed for which it has been tested and approved. Overclocking is a popular technique for eking out a little more performance from a system. In many cases, you can force your CPU
to run faster than it was intended simply by setting a jumper
on the motherboard
. Overclocking does come with some risks, however, such as over-heating, so you should become familiar with all the pros and cons before you attempt it.
Overclocking is sometimes called speed margining.